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Self Tanning 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Acheive a Perfect Glow

Self Tanning 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Acheive a Perfect Glow

As we say goodbye to the winter blues and usher in the warmth of spring, it’s prime time for a skin refresh featuring that glowy, just-back-from-vacay tan. The anticipation of warmer weather and shedding of winter layers makes it the perfect time to “glow up” and get your tan on. However- I get your fears. Ending up orange or streaky? It's not a cute look. Luckily for you, I've cracked the code to the perfect fake tan, sans the drama.

First Things First: Fake Tanning Has Come a Long Way

Let's begin by addressing the most common concerns. Self-tanning isn't what it used to be. Say goodbye to the days of patchy applications and unnatural results. Today's self-tanners have come a long way, offering a safe, convenient, and effective way to achieve a sun-kissed glow.

The Best Self-Tanning Products

When it comes to choosing the best self-tanning products, you want to ensure you're using quality, trusted brands like Bronze Bod. Our products are specially formulated to cater to all skin types, including sensitive or acne-prone skin. They are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and free from sulfates and parabens, ensuring you're putting only the best on your skin. With Bronze Bod, your skin will thank you for the guilt-free, fabulous glow.

How to Self Tan

Now let’s get into the good stuff: how do you achieve that perfect glow without the risk of an orangey hue or streaks? Here's a simple self-tanning routine:

  1. Preparation: To prep for a flawless tan, start by gently exfoliating your skin 12- 24 hours before with an exfoliating mitt and water. This process helps to smooth your skin and remove dead skin cells. Immerse your skin in warm water to soften, then scrub gently until you see dead skin peel away. This crucial step ensures an even tan application and avoids splotchy results. For a deeper dive into effective exfoliation and tan prep techniques, check out our detailed guide in “How to Avoid a Splotchy Tan.”

  1. Lotion: Before diving into your tanning routine, don't forget the lifesaver step: slathering barrier cream or lotion on those tricky spots—elbows, knees, ankles, hands, and feet. This is your secret weapon against the dreaded dark patches, ensuring those dry areas don’t betray your application

  1. Application: Apply a small amount of one of Bronze Bod's tanning products evenly to your skin, working each section at a time. If you are using our violet-based tanning mousse, use a tanning mitt in circular motions for a streak-free finish. 

Pro tip: start with your legs and work up your body. Do your hands, feet, and face last.


  1. Blending: Perfecting your tan starts with expert blending, especially around those tricky joints and spots. Our blending brush is your go-to for seamless integration, ensuring a naturally flawless finish every time.

  1. Development Time: Post-tan, rock baggy clothes, and long sleeves to avoid any "oops" moments and smudging. Steer clear of workouts, dips in the pool, and, ahem, bedroom athletics for 8-12 hours to let your tan reach its peak fab. 

  1. Rinse. Rinse in lukewarm to colder water, without soap. Once you've rinsed, go for a soft pat down with a towel, no rubbing, to keep your glow game strong.

  1. Maintenance: Keep your tan looking fresh by moisturizing every day and skipping the harsh scrubbing. Also, don't forget to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

For beginners: If you're new to the sunless tan scene, try a patch test in a discreet area and wash it off several hours earlier to avoid going too dark. Practice makes perfect!


The Natural Glow

One of the biggest advantages of using Bronze Bod's self-tanners is their natural finish. Say goodbye to the 'fake tan' look! Our self-tanners are designed to mimic the sun's kiss on your skin, giving you a radiant, natural glow.
Our self-tanners are suitable for all skin types, so no matter if you have fair or dark skin, you can enjoy a beautiful tan. Plus, there's no unpleasant scent to worry about, just a delightful, subtle fragrance.
Eager to dive into the glow-up game with sunless tanning? Explore top-notch self-tanners and join a thriving community that's already switched to a safer, radiant tan.

Self-tanning doesn't have to be intimidating or risky. With Bronze Bod's range of self-tanning products, you can confidently and easily achieve a gorgeous, natural-looking tan. It's time to embrace the radiant glow you've always desired – safely and beautifully.

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