1. Do Some Practice First
Often, first-timers are nervous when using a tanning product for the first time. If you want to be safe, we suggest that you opt for a one-day tanner. This will help you get a better idea of what your skin would look like after the first application. If you are still worried, you can use a regular tanner and remove it after a couple of hours. Make sure you wash it off before the color is completely developed.
2. Get Access to the required Tools
While most self-tanners come in one bottle, you need a few tools as well. For instance, you may want to get a skin moisturizer, an exfoliator, a tanning mitt, and wet wipes, to name a few. So, make sure you gather all of the tools you need for this job.
3. Exfoliate Before Tanning
If you want an even color, make sure you get a smooth canvas. It’s even better to shave or wax at least 24 hours before the use of the tan. The reason is that the hair removal may cause some irritation in addition to make your skin a bit sensitive. So, it’s a good idea to exfoliate your skin a day before the tanning job. This will help you remove some dead skin as well.
Also, before you apply the tanning product, you should run a bit of ice over the target areas in order to constrict the pores and hair follicles.
4. Prepare the Problem Areas of your skin
Before applying the self-tan, make sure you watch out for the dry areas or areas with breakouts. Don’t forget to use a moisturizer barrier on certain areas, such as your hands, feet and joints. This will help you prevent those areas from getting darker. Moreover, you should apply a bit of moisturizer with the help of a cotton ball to the areas affected with eczema or acne.
5. Don’t worry about using too much of the product
For the first time, you may hesitate to apply a lot of the solution. You don’t have to be hesitant. Make sure you use enough of the solution so that it glides without any effort on the skin. You don’t need to worry about using too much of the product as your skin won’t absorb more than a certain amount of the solution.