You might be thinking that applying tanning lotion is simply just rubbing it in and washing it off when you’re done; but believe it or not, there is a specific way it should be done to be most effective.
As always, it is the best idea to follow the directions on the back of the bottle, but I understand that things happen; maybe the label wore off to the point of illegibility, or perhaps it came off altogether. In any case, there are some general rules that tend to be universal amongst most tanning lotions.
Before You Apply Tanning Lotion
- Exfoliate. Smooth skin will help you obtain a streak-free tan.
- Shave. This avoids tanning lotion accumulating near hair follicles. No one wants a bunch of little bronzed spots all over their legs!
- Wear something you’re okay staining. Many tanning lotions are tinted right out of the bottle or contain bronzers that darken with UV light.
How To Apply Tanning Lotion
- Squeeze a generous amount of lotion into the palm of your hand. Too much lotion is better than too little, since dry skin won’t absorb as much UV light as moist skin!
- Rub the lotion evenly over your skin to avoid dark patches.
- Avoid putting too much lotion, especially bronzers, on the face, specifically under the eyes, around the nostrils, or by the hairline.
- Before you tan, wipe off lotion from the palms of your hands and inbetween your fingers. Lotion sometimes gathers in between fingers, making them darker than the rest of the hand, which would just look weird!
How To Wash Off Tanning Lotion
- Wait a few hours before showering to ensure you’ve given the lotion adequate time to work it’s tanning magic. For lotions with bronzers, you typically need to leave bronzers on for a few hours after you tan in order to get the full results of the bronze.
- Use your favorite body wash to lightly soak the skin and wash off the lotion.
- DON’T Exfoliate again until you’re ready to tan again!
Go grab a bite to eat somewhere on the beach and have a drink, enjoy the scenery as you probably don’t want to be sitting on your furniture at home waiting for a shower. Typically, I’d say you’re safe waiting three hours before showering, but your best bet, again, is to read the bottle, as some lotions might suggest that you leave it on for up to eight hours!