Do a test patch 24-48 hours in advance. In some rare occasions, some people may be sensitive to DHA (the active ingredient in self-tanners) or possibly other ingredients in the product.
Wax or Shave
Wax 24 hours in advance / Shave 12 hours in advance. It is not a steadfast rule, but the idea is that you do not want to apply self-tanner to sensitive or irritated skin.
Avoid Deodorant, Perfume or Essential Oils
Avoid deodorant, perfume or essential oils when applying your self-tanner. These ingredients and products can interfere with the self-tanner and affect your desired results.
Exfoliate before you tan. Use either Go Slough Yourself or our exfoliating gloves. Removing dead skin cells will help prevent splotching and uneven coloration.
Moisturize Dry Areas
Apply a light moisturizer to extremely dry areas, such as the elbows, knees and the heels, if needed. This will help slow down the absorption of the self-tanner in these areas and prevent them from getting too dark.
Protect Your Hands
Use tight fitting disposable gloves or the self-tanner applicator mitt. Doing so will help you avoid tanning your palms.
Tan at Night
Tan at night while you sleep! Tanning at night is less disruptive and will not affect your clothing choices or daily routine the next day.
Wear Dark, Loose-Fitting Clothing
Avoid wearing tight jeans, socks, leggings, cashmere, light colored suede, silk or any other dry clean only fabric while your self-tan is developing (about 8 hours).If you do choose to self-tan in the morning, wear dark, loose fitting clothing.
Do not shower, bathe, swim or sweat for at least 6-8 hours after you apply the product,as the water will stop the tan from developing. The longer you allow the product to stay dry and develop, the darker the tan tends to be.
Exfoliate 3-4 Days After
Gently exfoliate about 3 to 4 days after you last applied the self-tanner.Exfoliating away dead skin cells will help the tan fade evenly.
If a bit of the guide color comes off on your sheets or clothes, don't worry, it will not stain.We suggest using OxiClean in the laundry to ensure the guide color comes out completely and your whites stay bright.
When you shower the next morning after application, it is normal to see the guide color rinse off. Your tan will have developed on your skin. Remember to pat your skin dry – do not rub – to avoid the tan coming off prematurely.
Buff If Needed
An easy way to soften or slow down the absorption of self-tanner on areas that tend to grab a lot of product such as the elbows, knees and heels is to use a dry wash cloth to gently buff these areas after application. It will pick up some of the excess self-tanner and prevent them from getting too dark.
Keep Q-Tips Close
Ever notice that areas like sunspots, melasma or old acne scars tend to get darker and more noticeable when you’ve slathered on self-tanner? Well, there is an easy solution! Once you apply self-tanner to the area, take a slightly damp Q-Tip and gently wipe off the self-tanner from the areas where the dark spots are most prevalent. This will minimize the chance of the area getting darker and create a more even tone to the skin.
Want to Get Rid of Your Tan and Start Over?
There are times when you need to just start over with your tan. Nothing is worse that old self-tanner that has exfoliated off in one area, but is dark in another. That's when it’s time to sit in a bath and just soak it off. Light some candles, add bubble bath, and relax. After about 20 minutes, take your exfoliating gloves and Go Slough Yourself and scrub away. Your tan will remove easily and you have a fresh slate for the next application!
Avoid Extended Time in the Pool if You Want Your Tan to Last
As we stated above, submerging yourself in water for long periods of time can aid in removal of your tan. This is especially true for chlorinated water such as pools or Jacuzzis. Chlorine will bleach, so it will lighten your self-tan prematurely. We suggest diving in, cooling off, patting dry and then showing off your tan again. Repeat if necessary!
Got an Area That is Too Dark?
While in the shower or bath, take the finer side of your foot file and very gently rub it over the areas that you are trying to lighten such as your ankles or heels. Please note * ONLY USE THE FINE SIDE OF THE FILE AND DO NOT SCRUB TOO HARD!