Self-Tanning 101: Be a Glow-Getter!

Self-Tanning 101: Be a Glow-Getter!

The sun is out and summer is knocking! After spending months covering up pale, sunless skin, it's time to start the summer prep and leave the house with a beautiful, radiant glow. Achieve a natural-looking, sun-kissed tan with our top-rated self-tanning routine.


4 Steps to the Best Fake Tan


1. Rehydrate

Nourish your skin in the days leading up to applying your tan. This could be body butter or moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. 

Tip: Before applying self-tan, make sure you're freshly showered. Don't apply moisturiser or deodorant after you shower (except in dry areas like elbows, hands and knees).

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Moroccan Butter
Ocean Road White Rejuvenating Body Lotion
Bondi Sands Body Moisturiser


2. Exfoliate

Gently exfoliate any dry skin to ensure your tanning application is even. If you have any leftover tan, try the Bondi Sands Tan Eraser to lift existing tan so your skin doesn't feel too stripped from too much exfoliation.


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Moroccan Tan Moroccan Primer Exfoliator
Bondi Sands Tan Eraser
Tanning Essentials Exfoliating Mitt


3. Tan

Choosing the right tan can be tough, it often takes trying a few brands to find the one for you. However, to make that decision easier, here are some things to keep in mind. 

Tan for Pale / Light Skin

If you have pale or light skin and don't want a tan that's too deep, you may want to opt for a gradual tan or a light/medium shade of self-tan. 

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Moroccan Tan Moroccan Glow Gradual Tan
Builds a streak-free tan with added hydration. Using organic ingredients it's a gradual tan that is non-oily and is fast-drying. 

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion
Awarded Best of Beauty in the 2020 Allure Awards, this gradual tan is fast absorbing and provides a long lasting sun kissed glow.

Moroccan Tan Instant Dry Oil
Super moisturising, boosts your skins natural radiance and results are great even on fair skin. 

Darker Tan

If your skin tans easily in the sun or you have naturally darker skin, to enhance the colour for a sun-kissed glow, the dark and ultra-dark self-tan options might be for you. 

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Moroccan Tan Instant Dry Oil

Bondi Sands Foam - Dark

Bondi Sands Aero Foam - 1 Hour Express

Moroccan Tan Moroccan Exotic Tanning Mousse

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse


Tips & Tricks

To tan tricky areas such as the ankles, feet and elbows, try moisturising these areas prior to application so the tan doesn't stick too much to these naturally dry areas.

Make sure you use a good reusable tanning mitt for a streak-free tan. The Moroccan Blend & Buff Mitt is our absolute favourite!

Immediately before tanning, our number one trick is to jump in the shower and blast yourself with cold water for a couple of seconds before getting out. This will shrink all of your pores and reduce the chance of getting them blocked.

Wondering how to self tan your face? Either use specific face tan like the Bondi Sands Pure Self Tanning Sleep Mask or the Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum. Or for a gradual tanning option you can wear use as a primer, the Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Sunless Glow.


4. Prolong

Keep your tan looking gorgeous for longer by making sure you keep your skin hydrated in the days after application. This means applying either a tan extender like the Moroccan Tan Luminous Mousse 3 in 1 Extender or keep applying body butter or moisturiser to your skin.

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Moroccan Tan Moroccan Luminous Mousse 3 in 1 Extender
Ocean Road Rejuvenating Body Lotion
Vita Liberata Moisture Boost Body Treatment