How To Self Tan Your Back

With countless lotions on the market to aid in the promotion of a darker tan, tanning has become a well-liked summertime activity. Oil for tanning is one of these items. Although there are numerous brands, smells, and packaging options for tanning oil, all of them follow the same fundamental principles.

Pasty back, orange knees, and splotchy feet… You’re not the only one who has attempted self-tanning at home and failed. But we’re here to inform you: it’s time to mount up again! Once you finally figure out how to self-tan those challenging areas, a wonderfully golden, faultless fake tan is truly within your grasp and the quickest way to feel fabulous.

This guide to dealing with the most common problem areas has been put together to help you master the art of self-tanning from head to toe. Here is all the information you require, from lightly bronzing armpits to self-tanning elbows. Without our glow-to guide, avoid using the restroom!

How to apply self tanner


Exfoliating and self-tanning are complementary processes. To achieve a flawless, patch-free glow, regardless of whether you’re using a mousse, gel, or mist, you’ll need a fresh base to start with.

We recommend working up from the legs, massage our Tan Enhancing Exfoliator into the skin 24 hours before tanning. To get rid of any dry patches of skin where tan can adhere, concentrate on particularly dry regions like the elbows, knees, and ankles.

Top Tip: You can wash away an old coating of tan in only 5 minutes with our Tan Remover Mousse without having to scrape!


Apply a thin layer of moisturizer to dry skin to avoid your self-tanner from adhering to or looking uneven in certain places. Keep your hands, feet, elbows, and knees covered (particularly the ankles, knuckles and creases).

We advise using a moisturizer free of oils, such as our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer. Oil-based lotions can accelerate the fading of your tan and ruin your golden finish.

Use a Mitt

Always use a tanning mitt while applying self-tanner for an even-looking glow. As you move higher, remember to start with the lower body.

Tanning mousses and gels should be applied as follows for an even, streak-free finish: Pump your self-tanner onto a tanning mitt, then sweep over the skin in circular motions.

Apply tanning mists liberally to the body and then use a tanning mitt to mix for a bronze appearance that looks natural.

Don’t be alarmed if you’re still anxious about tanning the more challenging and difficult-to-reach places (such as your back, hands, feet, and face). Here is a breakdown of it.

How to self tan your back

Put your hands up, all you single women with pale backs! If you don’t have a housemate or partner to give you a literal hand, getting a good back tan can be a bit of a B. But believe us when we say that it is possible.

The fastest and easiest method to self-tan your back is using a tanning body mist like our Purity Vitamins Body Mist, so forget about trying to clumsily brush a tanning mitt over it.

Deftly bow your head:

Holding the bottle at neck height, extend your arm behind you and spritz the mist in a side-to-side motion.

Spray on either side to achieve a lovely, even finish by lowering your arm until it is level with your belly button.

Use a Back Applicator

The Bondi Sands Back Applicator Pack makes tanning your back simple. No more awkward bathroom yoga poses trying to reach those hard-to-reach areas. To ensure your tan is immaculate front to back and tip to toe, the box includes a self-tanning back applicator and three replacement application pads.

Few other useful means

Rubber Gloves

If you don’t have a tanning mitt handy, your first alternative tool should be a pair of rubber gloves. Get your tanning lotion prepared and reach for the rubber gloves you usually keep beneath the kitchen or bathroom sink. Rubber gloves are a perfect substitute for using a tanning mitt while applying self-tanner since they offer a neat, simple application that safeguards your hands.

They will also prevent you from using additional self-tanner by not absorbing any like a mitt does. Apply the self-tanner all over your body while wearing the rubber gloves and the rubber gloves. To prevent streaking and discoloration on your hands and fingernails after you’re through, quickly rinse the tanner off of the rubber gloves. Then, keep the gloves somewhere cool and dry so you can use them again when you apply self-tanner later.


You can also use a sock to apply self-tanner if you don’t have any rubber gloves on hand. Use a thicker sock without a match to give your skin a healthy shine by tanning it. Because of their thickness, slipper socks might make a terrific self-tanner applicator.

It is advised that you flip the sock inside out before beginning to apply self-tanner. The sock’s material will absorb some of the tanner’s liquid as you start to apply it to your skin, giving you the perfect tan. When finished, wash your hands before disposing of the used sock or washing it. But avoid accidentally wearing the sock and tanning your feet all over by remembering to remove it.

Cling Wrap

In an emergency, cling wrap works well as a substitute for a tanning applicator. It’s affordable and a great technique to prevent having messy hands. Choose a high-quality cling wrap product that won’t stick to layers or bunch up. Cling wrap should first be tightly coiled around your hand. The cling wrap shouldn’t be too loose; it should be just snug enough to prevent your fingers from going numb.

When applying a self-tanner using this technique, try to wrap the cling wrap over your fingers as smoothly as you can. This will guarantee that the tanner applies uniformly and doesn’t seem patchy or rough. Additionally, make sure the cling wrap is completely covering your hand and fingers without any gaps.

Self-Tanning Towelettes

Self-tanning towelettes are another fantastic solution that minimizes mess. Tanning towelettes are one-time-use, disposable items that can be discarded after use. Each wipe is packaged as a moist towelette with self-tanner included. When you want to enhance your tan look, keep tanning wipes in your pocket or purse—they are great for trips!

Self-tanning towelettes are easy to use. The tanner is applied to your body once you unwrap them. They are a practical replacement for tanning mitts, particularly when traveling. You must thoroughly wash your hands after using the self-tanner wipes to remove any remaining substance from your fingers and nails.


Self-tanner can also be applied using your hands as a last simple substitute for a tanning mitt. This is the last option because it runs the risk of leaving behind dark hands and difficult-to-remove tanning residue.

In actuality, lots of people apply self-tanner to their hands and get fantastic outcomes. This approach might be successful for you if you can apply evenly with just your hands and don’t make a huge mess afterwards. After applying the tanner, be sure to completely wash your hands and remove any remaining tanner. As soon as you can, exfoliate your hands to prevent the tone from absorbing into your skin and coloring them.

How to self tan your face

In order for the product to grow overnight, self-tanning your face is best done in the evening.

Be careful you have clear skin that is makeup-free.

Apply an oil-free moisturizer sparingly around the nose and other dry areas.

As you move the bottle clockwise around your face to achieve an even application, spritz the St.Tropez Purity Face Mist over the skin 3 to 5 times. There is no need to rinse; a subtle, healthy-looking glow will appear over 4 to 8 hours.

When selecting a face self-tanner, be cautious because you don’t want to give up a flawless, blemish-free skin for some color. Choose a fake tan that is moisturizing, anti-aging, and antioxidant-rich, like Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam (made for both the face and body), rather than cheap and ugly versions that can be extremely drying and pore-clogging.

Now that the formulas are organized, application is the next task. Apply your product to clean skin and exfoliate before tanning for a beautiful finish. Close your pores by placing an ice cube on your t-zone or submerging your face in cold water just before sunbathing. You’re ready to go if you tie back your hair and apply some moisturizer to your brows and hairline to prevent unwelcome staining, especially if you’re fair.

It’s crucial to apply self-tanner sparingly on the face because it appears to have mystical tanning abilities. We advise using a Kabuki brush, such as the one that comes with our Bali Bronzing Bundle, to apply a tiny amount of tanning foam (1 pump) to the skin. This enables you to easily apply self-tanner to all of your face’s challenging crevices and nooks.

Do you fear going too dark? If you’re still uneasy, mix in a little moisturizer after selecting the right shade of Sunny Honey for your skin tone (Sunny Honey is available in medium, dark, or ultra dark). After the shortest amount of time, you can wash your face, but you should let your body color develop for a longer period of time.

As an alternative, you might like to try our Bronzing Face Drops. Just combine 2-3 drops with your favorite moisturizer for a lovely, natural glow throughout the day!

How to self tan your feet

We assure you that tanning your feet is easier than it appears! Remembering that less is more is the key. Use the remaining self-tanner on the mitt to cover your feet after applying it to the rest of your body.

Be sure to hydrate and scrub the heels’ backs.

To remove extra tan, run a makeup brush along the mitt.

Sweep the brush around the back of the ankles and across the tops of the feet, down the toes, down the sides, and along the heels.

Blend in the toes and folds

Remove any excess by wiping the soles of the feet, toenails, and shoes.

How to self tan your hands

Hands are undoubtedly one of the trickiest regions to get correctly, but don’t worry, our easy tutorial will help you self-tan your hands like an expert. Simply keep in mind to always tan your hands last!

Be cautious to remove any jewelry before entering.

Exfoliate and hydrate your hands gently.

To remove any remaining product from the tanning mitt (it will be enough, we promise! ), use a blending makeup brush.

Make a clay-like shape with your hands while feigning to grip a tennis ball.

Use the brush to go down each finger on the hands.

Reach all of the creases by straightening the fingers and repeating.

To get rid of any extra, gently wipe the cuticles and nails.

Top Tip: Spray your hands with our Purity Face Mist as well. Without blending, it will produce a stunning, uniform-looking finish!

– and that is the proper way to use self-tanner! Check out the entire selection of self-tanners we offer.

How to self tan your Ears

Even though ears are one of the oddest-shaped body parts to self-tan, don’t skip them! Your fake glow will be obvious if your lobes are pasty.

What is the best strategy for dealing with the small con artists? Go easy. Use whatever tanner that is still on your kabuki brush after darkening your face rather than heaping on a fresh pump. If you wear your hair in a ponytail, particularly, buff into your lobes and don’t neglect the backs of your ears.

No brush? Additionally useful is a cotton wool ball.

How to self tan your Neck

Although the neck is not quite as difficult to tan as the face, it still requires some thought and a light touch. The last thing you want is a ghostly white face floating above a mahogany neck because facial tans tend to fade quickly owing to twice daily washing!

Apply self-tanner to the neck and mix up toward the jawline using your tanning mitt and a tiny amount of product (less than you’d put on your limbs, for example). Use a face wipe to rapidly erase any extra color if the guide color appears a little too dark.

How to self tan your Knees (and elbows)

The often-dry skin on the knees is infamous for absorbing more self-tan than is necessary. It is knobby and generally disregarded. When exfoliating, give extra attention to the knees and elbows. Use your tanning mitt to quickly sweep over these regions. In order to ensure that all the wrinkled areas are covered, it’s also a good idea to apply tanner when your limbs are bent.

How to self tan your Armpits

Another area that is frequently overlooked is the underarm region, but if you’re wearing a summer dress with a glow, pasty underarms can be rather unattractive. What then should a female (or guy) do?

To begin, remove any underarm hair at least 12 to 24 hours before tanning. Bypass the moisturizer and deodorant, and give the underarm region a quick swipe with any remaining product on your mitt.

How Does Tanning Oil Work?

The UV sun rays are drawn to and focused onto the skin by tanning oils. Even while most sunny climates provide more than enough UV exposure for the skin to tan, tanning oils have the ability to hasten the process by enhancing the rays. In other words, tanning oil hastens the process of tanning.

According to Nemours KidsHealth, the UV rays stimulate the melanocytes’ production of melanin as they pass through the skin. The pigment that gives your skin color is called melanin. The amount of melanin in your skin will determine how black your skin will seem.


In order to hasten the tanning process, tanning oils may also use bronzers. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), according to the Mayo Clinic, is a typical bronzer used in tanning oils. DHA is a natural sugar with no color that interacts chemically with the natural amino acids on the surface of your skin. The result of this reaction is a bronzing color effect, which disappears when the damaged skin layer gradually ages and peels off.


Moisturizers, which are frequently used as active ingredients in tanning oils, are another crucial component. Tanning can cause the skin to become quickly dehydrated. Vitamin E and glycerin are two moisturizers that can be added to skin care products to assist keep moisture in or draw moisture from the air to preserve the skin.

Is Tanning Oil Safe?

Even though tanning oils are beginning to incorporate SPF protection, the majority of them still don’t offer a strong enough defense against the damaging effects of UV radiation, particularly UVB radiation. In reality, very few tanning oils offer protection above SPF 4.

Skin cells can suffer damage from UV radiation, which can cause the cells’ structure to change. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, these mutations can result in malignant cells, which can cause skin cancer.

In order to help prevent sunburn, early aging of the skin, and skin cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology advises using a broad-spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays), water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapplying every two hours (or as frequently as the product’s label states).




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