Ashley Graham’s Top Tanning Tips

Mar 31, 2022 | How To: Tutorials

If you’re anything like Ashely Graham, then you probably didn’t achieve that smooth, even-looking bronzed glow you were hoping for the first time you self tanned. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! That’s why Ashley is sharing her top tips to help you achieve glowing skin quickly and effortlessly with the Ashley Graham X St. Tropez Ultimate Glow Kit. Read on to discover Ashley’s top self tanning tips …


Ashley Graham’s self tanning tips


Tip 1: Exfoliate before you tan

As Ashley will tell you, a great tan starts with a smooth base. 24 hours prior to tanning, exfoliate the skin to slough away dead cells or dry patches that could absorb excess tan and cause an uneven finish.

Ashley’s go-to? The St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish and Exfoliator! Massage into the skin, working from the legs upwards. Focus on particularly dry areas, like the elbows, knees and ankles.

Top Tip: For an even smoother base, Ashley chooses to remove her unwanted body hair, but we’ll leave that up to you!


Tip 2: Moisturize dry patches

Just before applying your tan, Ashley recommends massaging a very light layer of moisturizer onto dry areas of skin. Dispense a quarter-sized amount of our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer into your palm, then:

  • Massage into the heel of the hands
  • Smooth onto the elbows
  • Pat over the knees
  • Smooth over the feet, focusing on the back of the heel


Tip 3: Always use a mitt

To achieve a flawless finish, Ashley swears by 1 golden rule: always use a mitt to protect the hands (no one wants stained palms!) and effortlessly blend in the tanning mousse for a smooth and even finish.

Luckily, the Ultimate Glow Kit comes with a soft Limited Edition Ashley Graham tanning mitt that evenly distributes and blends your tan, creating an all-over glow.


Tip 4: Apply from your feet up

One of Ashley’s top self tanning tips? Always apply tan from your feet upwards to achieve a consistent glow. Dispense a small amount of the Ultimate Glow Whipped Crème Bronzing Mousse onto the Limited Edition mitt, then sweep evenly over the body.

  • How to tan legs: Using long circular strokes, start by gliding the tan over the legs, working from the calves to the thighs, and back down to the feet. Be sure to tan the toes too.
  • How to tan your stomach: Using small circular strokes, tan the stomach, bum, and chest. Ashely recommends going all the way up to the jawline.
  • How to tan arms: Use long, up-and-down strokes to tan the arms, hands, and under the pit.
  • How to self tan your back: Tanning your back can be tricky, but Ashley has a great tip: Put the mitt on backwards, dispense the tan onto the mitt, then massage onto the lower back. Start at the center and work outwards. Don’t forget to tan your sides too. Next, bring your arm over your head and sweep it across to tan the upper back.
  • How to tan hands: When tanning your hands, make a claw shape, then glide the mitt along and between the fingers. Avoid getting any on your palms.

Top Tip: If you’re concerned about missed patches, spritz the Purity Face Mist onto your back to ensure an even coverage. You can also use this mist to top up the tan on your hands once a week.

self tanning tips with Ashley Graham and St Tropez

Tip 5: Don’t forget to tan your face

To flaunt a head-to-toe glow, Ashley reaches for the refreshing St.Tropez Purity Face Mist. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, it keeps skin hydrated while creating a gorgeous, golden glow. Simply spritz over the face and neck.


About the Ultimate Glow Kit

We’re a little biased, but we think the Ashley Graham X St. Tropez Ultimate Glow Kit might just be our best tanning kit yet! It includes the brand new Ultimate Glow Whipped Crème Bronzing Mousse and a bespoke tanning mitt co-created and designed by Ashley.  

The mousse is enriched with a Hyaluronic Acid Complex, Pro Vitamin B5 and Glycerine, and creates a beautiful bronze, while keeping skin supple, improving its texture, and boosting hydration 

“When I’m using products to enhance my glow, I always make sure that they have an ultra-hydrating formula.”

@Ashley Graham


Treat yourself to the new Ashley Graham X St. Tropez Ultimate Glow Kit and put Ashley’s self tanning tips to the test. You’ll be glowing in no time, we promise! 


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