Self-tanning can be a great way to achieve a healthy, sun-kissed glow without the risks associated with harmful UV exposure. Many beauty-conscious and health-conscious consumers turn to self-tanners to avoid premature aging, wrinkles, and most importantly an increased risk of skin cancers. Self-tanners are the safest alternative for those wanting an endless summer glow without risks. But for the best possible results, you should know how to use them properly. One of the most frequently asked questions we hear at Glow by Skalla is, “How can I make my self-tanner last longer?” Well, we’re here to give you tips and tricks to make your tanning experience the best it can be.
How to Make My Self-Tanner Last Longer
One of the biggest challenges with self-tanning is making the color last as long as possible. Here are a few tips to help your self-tanner last longer, so you can enjoy the benefits of self-tanning to the fullest!
1. Exfoliate before applying self-tanner: Exfoliating before you apply self-tanner can help remove dead skin cells and smooth out your skin's surface, allowing for a more even and longer-lasting tan. The main ingredient in self-tanner is DHA. DHA is a colorless, odorless carbohydrate that reacts with the amino acids in the top layer of dead skin cells to produce a darkening effect. This reaction is known as the Maillard reaction, which is the same chemical process that causes bread to turn golden brown when it is toasted. DHA has been used in self-tanners for over 50 years and is considered safe for use on the skin. DHA’s molecular structure tends to adhere to dry and scaley patches of skin. This can cause these problem areas to become darker than the surrounding skin. To help smooth the rough patches, try using a gentle body scrub or a loofah to exfoliate your skin before applying self-tanner.
2. Moisturize: Keeping your skin moisturized can help prolong the life of your self-tan. After exfoliating, apply a moisturizer to your skin to help lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated. The hydration will prevent dry and scaley spots from forming and causing uneven results when you apply your self-tanner. Moisturizing is one of the most important steps to achieving a beautiful, even, natural-looking tan.
3. Apply self-tanner in sections: Instead of applying self-tanner all over your body at once, try applying it in sections. This allows you to focus on specific areas and ensure a more even application. Apply small amounts in layers rather than large amounts all at once. This will give the self-tanner time to absorb evenly into your skin and will result in a more natural looking tan. It will also allow you to have more control over the tone and color you are trying to achieve.
4. Use a self-tanning mitt: Using a self-tanning mitt can help distribute the self-tanner evenly and prevent streaking. We have designed our Glow by Skalla buttery soft bronzing mitt to help you apply our Flawless Finish Bronzing Mouse effortlessly and with perfectly even results.
5. Avoid showering or bathing for at least 8 hours after applying self-tanner: The heat and steam from a shower or bath can cause the self-tanner to break down more quickly, so it's best to avoid these activities for at least 8 hours after applying self-tanner. Also avoid excessive sweating, as this can cause streaking and uneven tones. If you are using our Glow by Skalla Flawless Finish Bronzing Drops on your face to achieve a glowing complexion, we recommend brushing your teeth before applying the drops. This prevents the tanner from accidentally being washed off around your lips and mouth.
6. Use lukewarm water: Hot water can also cause the self-tanner to fade more quickly, so when you do take a shower or bath, make sure to use lukewarm water. Hot water also dries your skin and hair more quickly by removing natural oils. One of the best ways to make your self-tanner last longer is by maintaining the natural oils in your skin.
7. Avoid exfoliating excessively after applying self-tanner: Over exfoliating after you've applied self-tanner can cause the color to fade more quickly, so it's best to gently clean your skin. This gentle exfoliation will keep your skin healthy while allowing your tanner to remain on your skin longer.
8. Touch up as needed: Touch up your self-tan as needed. This can help maintain an even color and prolong the life of your self-tan. We recommend reapplying Glow by Skalla weekly to maintain an endless summer tan, but you may apply more often to achieve darker results. Small touch ups are a sure way to make your self-tanner last longer!
Facts About Self-Tanning
By following these tips, you can help your self-tanner last longer and enjoy your sun-kissed glow year-round. Remember to always use sun protection and avoid excessive sun exposure, self-tanning products do not provide any sun protection.
In addition, it is important to remember that self-tanners are not permanent and will eventually fade. The lifespan of your self-tan will depend on factors such as your skin type and how well you take care of your skin. To maintain your tan for as long as possible, it's important to be consistent with your self-tanning routine, and to take good care of your skin.
In summary, self-tanning can be a great way to achieve a healthy, sun-kissed glow. It takes a little extra effort to make your self-tanner last longer, but if you follow these tips, the results will be worth it! By exfoliating before applying self-tanner, moisturizing, applying self-tanner in sections, using a self-tanning mitt, avoiding showering or bathing for at least 8 hours after applying self-tanner, using lukewarm water, avoiding over exfoliating after applying self-tanner, and touching up as needed, you can have the tan of your dreams any time of the year!