How To: Create A Salon-Standard Tan At Home

Whether you’re a tanning pro or a complete newbie, the fear of carefully applying a self-tanner to end up looking like a satsuma (come on, we’ve all been there!) can be enough to put off even the most dedicated glow-seeker from attempting application at home. So, to put our worries to bed, we caught up with the tanning experts at Vita Liberata to get their failsafe tips on creating a salon-standard golden glow…

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Preparation – Don’t Block Your Colour!

Avoid moisturising for at least 24 hours prior to tanning – and that includes moisturising shower creams! Even though you shower them off, the formula will still sit on your skin afterwards and can create a barrier to your tan result. Instead, use an essential oil-free body scrub to slough away dead skin cell without leaving any residue behind.

Choose the Right Tan for You

If you’re concerned about dryness, or have sensitive skin, use a lotion like Fabulous Self Tan Tinted Lotion which is gently hydrating. Alternatively, mousses like pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan are great for a quick application. Both formulas will give you a flawless, even, tan result with no dry time, no stickiness, no smell and no patchy fade. Win!

Tanning – Apply to Perfection

First things first – don’t forget to use a mitt! Start by tanning your face, neck, and décolleté using a face tanner (we love the Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask which you can apply before bed) or mix a little of your body tan in with your regular moisturiser. To tan your arms, start blending from the wrist upwards in long circular movements. When there is very little product left on the mitt, blend onto the backs of your hands and each finger in turn. WARNING: don’t tan between your fingers! Next, apply to your legs starting from your ankle and moving upwards towards your mid-body. Finally apply the tan to shoulders and chest, blending towards the neck and décolleté), and finish by tanning the tops of your feet (when there’s very little product left on the mitt).

Tanning – Those Hard-To-Reach Areas

Unfortunately, we’re not all flexible enough to tan our own back – and don’t always have a friend on standby for back tanning duties 24/7! The solution? Grab your trusty tan mitt and place it over a long-handled body brush, securing it in place with a hair band. Apply your favourite Vita Liberata tan and get bronzing, safe in the knowledge you’ve covered every inch of your back!

The Essential ‘Damp Cloth’ Routine

Want to avoid tell-tale tan signs? Get your hands and feet right! Imagine you’re on a beach – the sides of your feet and between your fingers won’t get the sun, so don’t tan these areas. For perfect hands and feet use whatever solution is left on your mitt after tanning the rest of your body, then just brush the mitt across the tops of them. Then, follow the Vita Liberata ‘Damp Cloth Routine’ – wipe your ankles, knuckles and where the palm of your hand meets your wrist with a damp washcloth. If you’re worried about getting it wrong, Trystal™ Minerals Self Tanning Bronzing Powder is a great quick-fix for hands and feet!