From drops of glow to soft, whipped mousses; here’s how to get that glow your way.
As gorgeous as fair skin is, there are occasions when you want to rock a sun-kissed look. And, just like you have the freedom to change your hair colour on a whim, why shouldn’t you be able to switch between having fair skin one day and a golden glow the next?
Fortunately, getting a gorgeous glow without sun damage is easier than ever. The last few years have seen the tanning market explode with all sorts of fantastic innovations. Gone are the days when the only options were lotions and aerosol sprays. Today you can choose to tan your way, with everything from tanning drops and gradual tanners, to luxurious mousses and easy applicators on offer.
But whether you’re a self-tanning veteran or a newbie just entering the game, it’s important to know about all the types of self-tanning formulas available, how they differ, and how to apply it for the best results. With the right self-tanning product, applied correctly, you can sport a natural-looking tan whenever the mood strikes.
To make choosing the right sunless tanner easier, we’ve put together an easy guide on how to use every type of self-tanning formula, giving you the freedom to get that glow any time you want.
Choose your formula
There are loads of roads to a natural-looking sunless tan. The type of product you choose will come down to how it suits your needs, your individual skin concerns, and how you feel when you’re sporting your sunless glow. If you feel beautiful and confident after using the product and your skin feels great, then you’ve found a winner!
You may even want to use different formulas for different body parts — like a spray for your face and a lotion everywhere else. With that in mind, let’s take a look at your options.
Gradual tanning lotions
If you’re looking for a goof-proof, low-maintenance option, then a gradual tanning moisturiser is a great choice. With a lower concentration of dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the active ingredient in sunless tanners, these types of self-tanning products work to gradually build a sun-kissed glow with daily use. To use, apply a R2 coin-sized dollop to each body part. Start at the feet and work your way up, swiping upwards in long, circular motions. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying, or use a tanning mitt for easy, mess-free application.
Gradual tanners are best for achieving a hint of colour and are a good starting step for novice self-tanners. Plus, because these formulas don't absorb into the skin instantly, you have a few extra seconds to blend and work on that streak-free technique. The VANI-T Bronzing Custard offers a 3-in-1 tanning solution for hassle-free tanning that’s as easy as applying a daily moisturiser. A self-tanner, tan extender, and moisturiser in one, this luxurious cream is a daily dose of sunshine and hydration rolled together as an all-in-one option.
If you’re not afraid of commitment, and want something with a little more oomph, then a tanning mousse may be the best way for you to up your glow factor. Self-tanning mousses are popular because of their soft, foam-like formula and mess-free application. A good tanning mouse is easily spreadable, allowing you to achieve an even finish on the skin every time.
Self-tan mousses are often available in a wide range of shades and development speeds. They come as clear solutions, with colour guides, and are ideal for anyone who wants a medium tan that develops fast. Apply a tanning mouse by starting at the ankles, then swipe in upwards, circular motions. Another great feature of mousse tanners is that they are easy to layer and are buildable, which means that the more layers you apply, the darker your tan will be!
A tanning mouse is the ideal choice for a long-lasting artificial tan with an invisible feel on your skin. With its whipped foam texture, VANI-T Velocity Express Self-Tan Mousse is easy to blend over your skin for a streak-free tan. This hard-working tanner got active ladies in a frenzy online thanks to its ability to outlast a serious sweat session at the gym. Specifically designed for anyone with an active lifestyle, this transfer-free, sweat-proof mousse promises to give you a 10-day glow, even on hot, humid days.
With self-tanning drops, getting your beach getaway glow couldn’t be easier. An alternative to gradual tanning lotions, self-tan drops are the easiest way to get a custom glow with very little fuss. Think of them as a self-tan concentrate that you can mix with your daily moisturiser, serum, or even liquid foundation. These are the perfect option to incorporate into your existing daily skincare routine this summer.
A smarter way to tailor your sun-free glow, VANI-T’s Glow+ Self Tan Drops are suitable for both the face and body, and enable you to achieve a natural-looking, flawless golden glow that develops gradually and lasts for days. Just add a couple of drops to your favourite serum, moisturiser or foundation. These ingenious, colour-correcting drops put you in total control: the more you drop, the more you glow.
Preparation is key
No matter which formulation you choose, it’s important to remember to prep your skin before you glow. A good-quality tan eraser is the key to a long-lasting, streak-free tan all year round. Exfoliating the skin before you apply self-tanner is an essential step to creating a smooth canvas for your golden glow to develop. Plus, it can also be used to get rid of any lingering self-tan residue from a previous faux glow.
Nothing ruins the sun-kissed vibe quite like unwanted self-tan build-up or uneven application. For a fast fix, reach for VANI-T’s revolutionary Tan Eraser Mousse. In just 5 minutes, you’ll literally wipe off your old self-tan and prime your skin for your next flawless colour. With this lovely product, your scrubbing days are over, too. The triple exfoliants do all the hard work for you, without irritating your skin. This is the perfect product for tan-free skin in just 5 minutes!