5 Self Tan Fails and How to Avoid Them

5 Self Tan Fails and How to Avoid Them

Have you ever gone through your whole tanning ritual, expecting to be a beautiful bronzed goddess, only to realise you’ve missed a patch? Nightmare!

Don’t panic though - we’ve all been there, and there are loads of little tips and tricks to even out a less-than-perfect application.

If your tan is… Darker than you expected

Self tan reacts differently to everyone’s skin, so that subtle glow on your friend might develop into a deeper colour on you. If you were hoping for a natural sunkissed look, you can lighten your tan a little with some gentle exfoliation.

Just hop in the shower and use our Exfoliation Mitt and a little bit of body oil, moisturiser or even hair conditioner (yep, you heard us right!) and exfoliate your skin to remove some of the colour. We suggest using oil, moisturiser or conditioner because they’re gentle, unlike foaming shower gels and body washes that might remove too much of your tan.

If your tan is… Streaky

Finding out your tan’s come out streaky is the worst. Skipping the all-important pre-tanning skin prep or getting dressed before your tan has dried can cause self tan streaks, which is not ideal just before a Friday night out in your fave backless mini dress.

Avoiding a streaky application is all in the prep. After your pre-tanning ritual is complete and you’re ready to get your tan on, make sure your skin is free from lotions or creams. When you apply your chosen Bondi Sands Self Tan, make sure to use long, even strokes for a seamless finish. Check out our Guide to Self Tanning for Beginners for the perfect self tanning routine!

If your tan is… Darker on your elbows, knees, hands and feet

Everyone wants their glow to look even and natural, but having patches on your knees, elbows, hands or feet is a classic self tan giveaway. If you’ve gone too heavy on these areas, or you forgot to exfoliate and the tan has clung to patches of dry skin, it can cause them to come out darker than the rest of your body.

One of the easiest ways to avoid this is to make sure you don’t skip out on the exfoliation step in your self tanning routine - trust us, it’s worth it! Also, try to avoid these areas when you first apply self tan to your arms and legs. Then, use the leftover tan on your mitt to lightly buff into these areas for an even glow all over. If you have super dry skin, you could even apply a really thin layer of moisturiser to these areas before you apply for a lighter colour.

If your tan has developed and you’re still seeing a slight colour difference, grab your fave self tan remover (obvs the Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser!) and dab a little on for half the recommended time to lighten them up a little.

If your tan is… Patchy

Whether you tanned in a rush or you couldn’t reach certain areas of your body, patchy self tan is never a good look. If your tan is patchy all over, use a gradual tan like our Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk for a few days to even out the colour.

To try and avoid patches, tan in sections and make sure you’ve got an even coverage before you move on. You could even enlist the help of your BFF to make sure your back is coated perfectly!

Bondi Sands saves the day

We hope these tips prevent a self tan-related crisis the morning before your big night out, so you can party in style with your tan looking its best.

If you try out any of these tricks, post a picture on Instagram using #bondisands to let us know how you got on!

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