A Beginner's Guide to the Best Self-Tanning Lotion

A Beginner's Guide to the Best Self-Tanning Lotion

Posted by Treat Your Skin on 23rd May 2018

A step-by-step skincare guide to get you feeling ready for the approaching summer season...

Prepare Your Skin

A recommended first step is to prepare your skin before tanning. Start by exfoliating dead skin cells and moisturising dry areas before applying any self-tan product.

Our recommendation:

Sienna X Polishing Body Scrub 200ml

The Sienna X Polishing Body Scrub gently exfoliates your skin to prepare the perfect base before you apply your self-tanning lotions. A polishing body scrub suitable for all skin types.

The next stage when preparing to self- tan is to use a hair-removal product. These will take off the top layers of skin cells. So it is important to get rid of any unwanted hair 24 hours before application otherwise it could lead to an uneven tan.

Our recommendation:

Skin Doctors Hair No More System Pack

  • Quick and easy-to-use
  • Results within 10 minutes
  • Designed to prevent future re-occurrence

Choose Your Formula

The next stage is choosing a self-tanning product.There are many different options in product to choose from including: Lotions, Mousses, Moisturisers and Foams.It’s all about experimenting to see which one most suits you and what you are looking for. Ensure you patch test at least 24 hours before the first application of any tanning products to avoid skin irritation, or if you don’t like the shade/darkness of a tan.

Our Recommendations:

St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Tanning Lotion 200ml

  • Designed to achieve a natural, warm glow that gradually builds in just 3 minutes
  • Suitable for all skin tones
  • Ideal to use as part of your daily shower routine

Fake Bake Flawless Self Tan Liquid with Professional Mitt 170ml

  • Designed to achieve a warm and golden tone
  • Develops in only 4-6 Hours
  • Suitable for all skin tones
  • Fragranced with a tropical scent

Skinny Tan 7-Day Tanner

  • Available in original and dark tanning versions
  • Natural golden glow results 
  • Vegan friendly

MineTan Coffee Coconut Water Self Tan Foam 200ml

  • Creates a deep tan in 1 hour
  • Vegan friendly 
  • Suitable for all skin types 


When using a self-tanning spray formula, use downward strokes for the best coverage. For lotion, mousse or gel work in sections so you know the areas you have done and where you still need to apply coverage.

To improve even and smooth results when applying these self-tanning products, we recommend using:

St.Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt

  • Provides smooth and even results consistently
  • Water-resistant barrier
  • Re-usable

To improve application results and prolong your tan so you don't have to reapply so regularly, we recommend also using:

St.Tropez Self Tan Booster 100ml

  • Lightweight and easy-to-use
  • Designed to extend tan for up to 3 days longer
  • Quick-drying

Follow these steps and you will be well on your way to achieving that glowing tan ready to show off this summer!

Here are our top 5 winning tips to maximise your self-tanning experience:

  1. Apply in the evening and let tan develop overnight. This will give best results as it takes normally 4-6 hours to fully develop.
  2. Allow tan to fully dry before dressing. This will prevent it from rubbing against skin and showing any marks.
  3. Avoid applying to your hands and feet. Applying to these areas will look too dark and unnatural compared to the other areas of the body.
  4. Practise with a wash-off/one-day tan. This allows you to see what it would look like on your skin and can also help you to practise applying it with a tanning mitt to improve your application technique.
  5. Don’t forget the sunscreen! You may look bronzed, but you can still get burnt so apply sunscreen over self-tanner if you are out in the sun!

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