Expert Advice

How-to: Perfect your Self Tan

Who doesn’t love a radiant, sun-kissed look? But as the sun’s rays can damage skin and fast track ageing, self-tanning is the perfect, natural solution.

Here to help you bronze safely, follow our tips to achieve a gorgeous, believable tan all year round.

Smooth and Nourish

For best results and a streak-free, even tan 24 hours before application shave or wax and lightly exfoliate skin using Exfoliating Body Polish.

Follow by moisturising with body butter or a thicker body cream such as Deeply Nourishing Body Cream.

Preparing in this way will ensure skin is soft, smoothed and pores are closed ready for your lotion, cream or foam tan.

Good as Gold

Making sure skin is dry, using a mitt or gloves, starting at your legs and feet smooth your chosen tan evenly, blending well around ankles, heels and knees – where colour can cling to drier skin.

Moving to your stomach, chest and arms, pay careful attention to any dry skin around elbows. Then carefully move on to your back – taking your time to cover all remaining skin.

To avoid patchiness on troublesome areas like hands, feet and heels, blend out with a little moisturiser.

Wait a few moments before dressing and leave to develop. This can take anywhere between 2 – 4 hours or even overnight for maximum effect.

If using our Gradual Tan Body Moisturiser, wash hands after use and apply each day to achieve your preferred depth of colour.

Double Up

For your face, apply a light covering in small circular movements – remembering to include ears (behind ears too) and neck.

However, to create a soft, healthy-looking tan with the usual benefits of your skincare regime, add Gradual Tan Face Concentrate to your moisturiser or to Overnight Hydration Therapyand wake-up to revitalised sun-kissed skin, or use on its own for deep, long-lasting colour.

Smooth It

If the worst should happen and there are areas you’re unhappy with, fear not. To fix uneven patches try adding a little more self-tan and blending really well with moisturiser to make less visible.

If this doesn’t work or you don’t have time, lightly exfoliate the area or use a little lemon juice to remove some of the colour from areas such as your feet, hands, wrists, knees and elbows.


Your tan will naturally fade over 3 – 7 days depending on the type of product you’ve used. However, to maintain your bronzed glow, keep skin moisturised for healthy looking radiant skin.

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