How Can I Prevent Self-Tanner From Rubbing Off on Fabrics?

With some precautions in place and careful planning, you can avoid leaving those dreaded tanner stains. Here's how to get a sun-kissed bod without any repercussions!

Nothing can bring confidence quite like a new golden glow after a self-tanning session. However, sometimes things don't go quite as you'd planned. Suddenly noticing your favourite dress is covered in your very own self-tanner isn't the best feeling. You've been leaving a trail! Whoops!

With some precautions in place and careful planning, you can avoid leaving those dreaded tanner stains. Here's how to get a sun-kissed bod without any repercussions!

 

How can I prevent self-tanner from rubbing off on fabrics?

 

Applying your self-tanner


It's easy to assume that the more self-tanner you apply, the darker the finish will be and the longer it will last on the skin. However, this isn't the case. Too much product will simply sit on your skin, as it just can't be absorbed.

Over-applying is one of the main culprits of tan-stained clothes, so keep things light. Less is more! If you're after a darker tan, opt for a different shade and use a light hand when applying.

It may help to use a mitt for a light application. We recommend the ModelCo Blend Buffing Mitt to give you a flawless and even self-tan.


Avoid instant tanners


Sometimes you just have no choice but to get that instant glow that washes off easily. However, instant tanners are the absolute worst when it comes to leaving behind an orange trail.

If you have the time, opt for a gradual or overnight tanner instead. The extra time spent applying will be worth the time saved washing clothes!


Use a self-tanner with no colour guide


Using a tan with no colour guide or only a light tint will reduce the risk of stained clothes and sheets. This may sound a little daunting, but most colourless self-tanners are gradual tanners, which are generally much easier to work with.

It may take some practice, but the results will be worth it! We recommend ModelCo Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser for a streak-free finish.

 

How can I prevent self-tanner from rubbing off on fabrics?

 

What clothes should I wear after I've self-tanned?


Once you've applied your self-tan, you should wait at least 10 minutes until your skin is fully dry before getting dressed. If you put your clothes on too soon, you won't only ruin the even application of your tan, but you'll ruin your clothes too!

Wear loose clothing, as tight straps and bands can leave marks on your tan and your clothing. It's always a good idea to wear some old, dark clothes right after self-tanning. Most products will wash out, but in case they don't, it's best not to wear anything valuable.


How about at night-time?


You sweat the most at night-time as your body temperature rises. When your self-tanner is still in the development stage, this sweat can lift off the product and leave behind some lovely marks on your bed sheets.

Avoid using satin sheets and try go for old sheets if you can. Wear loose, long-sleeved, and dark pyjamas to absorb as much of the excess product as possible


Washing off your self-tanner


When you've gotten to the stage where you're washing off your self-tanner, you're over the worst and almost at a stain-free golden glow. However, be sure to use old towels after showering, and pat yourself dry to avoid any final transfer.

Having a few old clothes and sheets is important if you want to reduce fallout from self-tanning. However, if you use the right amount of product and leave it to absorb for the right amount of time, you should be stain-free regardless!

 

How can I prevent self-tanner from rubbing off on fabrics?