Have those post-tanning moments left you paralysed and confused? You’ve spent a good few days planning your self-tanning routine. You’ve done everything everyone told you to do: you’ve shaved, exfoliated, moisturised, and applied from the bottom up in circular motions. You’re standing in the middle of your bathroom, covered in self-tanner. Now what? We're here to clear everything up so you know exactly when you can shower or get clothed again!
When can I put on my clothes?
Once you’ve successfully self-tanned, wait until the product has dried completely before even attempting to put on any clothes. We recommend at least 10 minutes, but keeping checking any problem areas such as under the arms and behind the knees to see how they’re drying. If you’re still tacky, it’s too early!
When you’re fully dry, wear clothes that are loose. Any tightness may mar your tan, leaving you with a blotchy finish. We also recommend wearing dark clothes that you don’t mind staining if it should happen. Luckily, most stains will come off in the washing machine or with a hand wash.
How long does self-tanner take to develop?
Self-tanners don’t develop instantly. The active ingredient, normally DHA, has to react with your outer layer of skin cells, which can take between 6 and 10 hours.
The best way to make this time pass quickly is by self-tanning before bed and then washing it off in the morning. Again, be wary that tanning products can transfer onto your sheets, so be prepared to give them a wash!
Some products are designed to extend and intensify your tan to make it last longer between applications. Try TAN-LUXE TAN BOOSTER 30ml to stretch out your applications.
When can I shower?
You should only shower once your self-tanner has fully developed—after 6 to 10 hours have passed. If you wash off your tan too soon, it may not be as dark or long-lasting as you'd hoped. If you want a deep tan that endures, leave your self-tan on for the full development time.
I can’t tan overnight. What should I do instead?
Whilst we recommend tanning overnight, you can alter your routine and self-tan in the morning too. If you choose to wear your initial self-tan throughout the day, we suggest you pick a product that has no guide colour to it, such as Eco Tan Organic Winter Skin, which is less likely to stain your clothes.
Self-tanning can feel like a long routine, but it's worth waiting those extra minutes and hours to ensure it sets evenly and lasts as long as it possibly can. Putting on clothes straight after or washing too soon can give you an uneven, blotchy finish and short-lived colour.
We have an amazing selection of self-tanners, so no matter your preference, there's a product for you. Have a browse through our self-tanners to find your healthy glow in a bottle!