tips for self tanning - By Megan Kelly

[#365BeautyTips] Self-Tanning Tips

The thirty- ninth week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


tips for self tanning - By Megan Kelly


The first and most important tip for perfect tan application is using a good exfoliator that sloughs away dry and dead skin. I love sugar scrubs, especially ones that contain coffee which help combat skin irritants, cellulite and more. Be sure to take a look at this month’s Tums 2 Tots article for the low- down on coffee scrubs.


Always remember that shaving and removing nail polish should be done BEFORE applying self-tanner. Hairs may cause an uneven application and nail polish remover will create streakiness or patchiness. Also never use oil on your skin before applying self-tanner!


Ankles, feet, hands and wrists are the trickiest places to apply self-tanner so remember to apply it in small sections, taking care to blend, blend and blend!


When applying self-tanner, use small circular motions, ensuring that all surfaces of the skin are covered. Try using a tanning mitt for a more even application.


To avoid patchy areas, be sure to keep your skin moisturized after your tan has developed. Remember that your tan will eventually fade and you’ll have to begin the process all over again, exfoliate, tan and then moisturize.


So if like me, it takes a bit of practice before you get the art of self-tan right, well then you’re probably wondering how do you remove the stuff? I have tried exfoliating until my skin bled, thrown lemon juice and a bunch of other things, but the only combo that’s worked really well is a tip from which suggested making a body scrub of water and baking soda and working away any excess orange! For major mistakes where you need to reduce your color over a large area, lather up with some baby oil and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then hop in a hot bath to rinse away the self-tanner.

UberTan - By Megan Kelly


Uber Beauty reminds us that not all self-tanning products are created equal and suggest that you ensure that the products that you use, gradually enhances the colour of your skin by picking up on the natural pigment of your skin. This means that the skin is not chemically dyed, but ingredients are used that naturally picks up on the pigmentation of the skin, ensuring a bespoke, natural tan for each individual. The tanning products from the all-natural range, Uber Natural Beauty, pick up on the pigment of each different skin type, ensuring a natural-looking tan. I’ll be reviewing their UberTan very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for that too!

And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about. I really enjoyed the themed days – what themes would you like to see next?

NEXT WEEK’S THEME IS…sun-protection tips - By Megan Kelly

I am Megan Kelly, the creator behind By Megan Kelly, mom of two boys, named Axl and Eli, and local business owner providing digital marketing solutions. I live on copious amounts of coffee, can be bribed with chocolate and will never admit to having too much makeup – although, I probably do.

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  • Liliya
    Posted at 17:36h, 23 March Reply

    I want to use self tanners but I have had so bad experience with them! I know TheBeautyInsiders website also has a lot of tips and trick about self-tanning 🙂

  • belindamountain
    Posted at 17:09h, 09 October Reply

    I’ve only ever used self-tan once eek! (because I’ve been too scared I’ll do it wrong). Thanks for these…

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