Tips & Tricks

How To Perfect Your Glow At Home

Pretty flatlay featuring St Tropez tan how to get a tan at home

Tanning expert, Jayne Cooper shares her top self tanning tips on how to tan at home using St.Tropez’s iconic products. If you’re looking for the best way to tan at home, you’ve come to the right place! 

How tan at home

1. Create a clean canvas

From any of the photoshoots, Fashion Weeks or celebrity tans I’ve done, I can promise you that perfecting a home tanning routine is easy, so long as you follow the golden rule; make sure your skin is in the best possible condition before tanning at home. Don’t worry, no salon required! 

I recommend you exfoliate 24 hours before tanning at home to ensure you have a good, even base. Use our Tan Remover Mousse if you need to get rid of any traces of old tan. This also helps to prime the skin for a longer-lasting glow. Sometimes I find I need to use the Tan Remover Mitt on stubborn areas like my knees and elbows where the tan can sometimes cling. 

Make sure you also carry out any hair removal 24 hours before using fake tan at home, so that your pores are closed and sensitivity is reduced. 

2. Find out what the best fake tan for you is

If you’re new to home tanning, choose a tan with a guide color like Self Tan Classic or the Express range, so you can be confident that you won’t have a patchy tan.  If you’re nervous about going too dark, try the Gradual Tan Lotion, which can be applied like moisturizer. 

Tanning at home and short on time? Try our Self Tan Express range – you just rinse off after 1 hour for a light glow, 2 hours for a medium tan or 3 hours for that ‘I’ve been on a 2 week holiday’ look – my favorite! Are you a regular tanner? Try giving yourself a spray tan at home with our new Purity Vitamins Tanning Mist, infused with skincare actives and Vitamins C and D. You don’t need to rinse it off and it smells like the holiday I wish I was on!

At home tanning: Self tanning tips

Here’s how to get a tan at home:

  • Moisturize any dry areas before you use fake tan at home – especially your elbows, hands, feet and knees – with our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser. 
  • Always use an applicator mitt to apply tan, this will help you blend the tan evenly and avoid having stained palms! 
  • Apply in upward circular motions, overlapping each area starting at your ankles (do your feet last). 
  • Use the excess tan on your mitt to tan your hands, feet and face. When tanning your hands, I always recommend forming a claw-like shape so that you can blend down each finger.

Finishing touches for tanning at home

So you’ve mastered the application and now know how to tan at home! Simply wipe your nails, wrists and palms to ensure a seamless and natural-looking color. Now pop on some loose, dark loungewear and let your tan develop. How long you need to wait depends on the tan you have chosen, just check our product pages or on the back of the bottle to be sure. Once you’ve rinsed off your guide color (if the tan you used had one), make sure to moisturize and exfoliate regularly to maintain your glow.

With our self tanning tips, you can get the hang of how to tan at home in no time at all. Now that you’re a home tanning expert, get ready to enjoy your glow and feel great! I always wear less makeup when I tan, it’s such a savior!

 

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