How To Self-Tan Your Face & More Using Tan Gel

How To Self-Tan Your Face & More Using Tan Gel

Now you’ve read all about the amazing benefits of tanning gel, you’re probably super eager to get glowing. And you definitely should! But, before you crack open our all-new tanning gel SPF15, there are some tips and tricks you should definitely know. 

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From when and where to how and how many, we’ve got all your application questions covered in our glow-to guide. Read on to discover the best way to incorporate tan gel into your routine for a beautifully bronzed complexion – every day of the year.

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Start with clean, smooth skin

Like any self-tanning gel, tanning gel works best when applied to a clean, dry surface. This means you should always cleanse your face (or body) to remove excess oil, makeup and impurities before using them. You’ll also get better results with a smooth surface, so remember to exfoliate before first use – ideally at least 6 hours prior.

Our tip? Exfoliate at night before bed, then add gel to your skincare routine the next morning for an extra radiant faux glow.

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Mix gel into your skincare products

They may be small, but our tanning gel are mighty – meaning a little goes a long way, and even application is essential. They should therefore always be mixed into your moisturiser (or serum, lotion, face oil etc), and never applied alone. This ensures a streak-free, uniform, natural-looking result you’ll love.

To use, start by squeezing your moisturiser directly into your palm. Open the cap of the gel and gently add the desired amount of gel to the moisturizer. Mix with your finger until the gel are incorporated into the product – they should totally disappear. Apply all over the face, neck and chest, then wash hands thoroughly to avoid muddy palms.

Got a bit trigger happy and dispensed too many gel? To avoid an ultra-dark result, you probably want to discard the cream and gel, rinse your hands and start again. Sorry!

Add a few gel to your daily moisturiser each morning

To boost your glow by lunchtime and protect your skin with antioxidants from tropical fruit extracts, try incorporating tan gel into your morning routine. You could mix them into your serum, moisturiser or even foundation – it depends on the texture of your product and how many gel you like to use. If unsure, however, moisturiser is the safest bet. (Note: we don’t recommend mixing into a sunscreen product.)

If applying a number of products, allow a few minutes for absorption between each layer. This is important after applying the gel to prevent any transfer. You can go ahead and apply makeup a few minutes after using your gel, but your skin will look so good, you probably won’t want to!

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Boost your night cream for a gorgeous next-day glow

If you’re always in a rush in the mornings, our tan gel are also perfect for PM use. In fact, your skin does most of its repair work overnight, so it’s actually the ideal time to give it extra TLC (or Tanning Loving Care)! Bursting with skin-loving tropical ingredients and moisture-binding Hyaluronic Acid, our tanning gel SPF15 are a great way to supercharge your night cream, so you’ll wake up looking well-rested, and gorgeously glowing!

Just remember, they’re not 100% transfer-proof, so it’s best to swap out the white silk pillowcase when using them before bed.

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Turn your body lotion into a gradual tanner gel

Rules are meant to be broken, and we love using facial tanning gel on our legs, arms, and all over. While our peach fragrance intensive boost tanning is our top pick for body tanning, gel can intensify or prolong color.

You'll go through your tan gel faster using them head-to-toe instead of a body tanner gel, but boosting your body lotion (or whip) with gel is great for extending your self-tan gel. You'll need more gel than for the face, so experiment to find your golden number.

Reduce gel to maintain without building more colour

Reduce gel to maintain without building more colour

How many gel and how many days it takes to achieve your desired level of Bali bronze is quite variable. It depends on things like your skin tone, your personal preference and the colour of the self-tanner gel you’ve used on your body.

When you’re first getting started with tanning gel, you might therefore want to err on the side of caution and take things slowly. This may mean you apply a little bit of gel for 2-3 days. However, if you are a seasoned professional, you may prefer to apply more gel right away.

Either way, once you’ve reached your ideal hue, it’s time to reduce the number of gel you’re using each day. This will keep your faux glow well-maintained, without your face becoming too dark, or a different colour to your body.


Exfoliate as usual

One of the most common complaints we hear from self-tanners is that their regular skincare routine makes their face fade faster than their body. Ideal for daily use, tanning gel combat this, without you having to miss out on the skincare benefits of your favourite retinol and AHA products – notorious for stripping tan.

Not only can you still exfoliate when using tan gel – you should! By removing any dull, dead skin cells, you’ll prevent patchiness and further enhance your glow.

Check out more tan tips & tricks here!

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knowledge expansion

Achieving a natural glow with self-tanning products for your face requires a bit of finesse. Along with facial tanning gels, there are numerous products to help you achieve a flawless tan.

The best bronzing sunscreen not only protects your skin from UV rays but also imparts a healthy bronze hue. Use the best body wash for spray tan to keep your skin hydrated and prevent peeling post-tan. For an even tan, the best skin tanning lotion is ideal, while the best oral tanning drops help you achieve a sun-kissed look from within. For facial tanning, try facial bronzing drops, and for pale skin, a tan accelerator is perfect. Using a face tan accelerator can speed up the tanning process for a glowing complexion. Follow up with an after tan moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Sunless tanner with SPF is great for sensitive skin, and sunless tanning lotion for face provides a natural glow. If you have tattoos, opt for a tanning lotion for tattoos to avoid discoloration. A rapid tanning intensifier can boost your tan quickly, while the most natural tanning lotion is ideal for a subtle effect. For beginners, a very light self tanner is the perfect choice.

These tips and products will ensure a seamless, natural-looking tan from head to toe.

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