2. On the day: guide to applying self-tan to your face and body.
On your face:
Remove make-up and cleanse your skin thoroughly before applying the self-tan to remove all traces of make-up and impurities from your skin. Then splash your face with cold water to tighten the pores for an even result.
Take up a small amount of product in the palm of your hand and apply it to your face, starting with the T-zone, over the forehead, nose and chin. Spread the self-tan carefully using circular massaging motions, avoiding the eye contour area and not forgetting the temples, neck and décolleté to avoid any give-away lines!
On your legs:
As with the face, take up a small amount of product and test a small area in advance. Start with your calves, massaging in circular motions and working up to the knees. Make sure you apply the self-tan to the front and back of your legs for a natural and even effect. Continue over your thighs, still massaging in circular motions, then finish with the tops of your feet and toenails. Tip: always spread the product very carefully to avoid an inconsistent finish.
For your arms:
As with the legs, start spreading the product over the top of your hands and work up in circular motions to your shoulders. As before, don’t forget to apply the product to the back of your arms to avoid streaks and go lightly on the elbows to avoid any difference in shade. Remember to apply the self-tan under your armpits for an even result.
Once you have applied the self-tan evenly all over your face and body, leave it on for at least 2 hours to allow a golden glow to develop and then rinse off. Bonus: its silky texture spreads easily and is rapidly absorbed to leave a streak-free finish, so don’t worry, it won’t stain your clothing or sheets! Ideal: leave it on overnight to allow it to be fully absorbed into your skin. And remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap once you’ve finished.
When should you apply a self-tan?
In general, it’s a good idea to apply a self-tan in the evening, for the simple reason that we tend to be less active. This minimises movements and risks of rubbing against furniture or clothing while the product is being absorbed by the skin.
In terms of time of year, the real beauty of a self-tan is that you can apply all year round, in any season: to make your tan last longer after a holiday, for a healthy glow in winter, or for bronzed skin to start your break in the sun, it adapts to your needs and wishes! But remember, a self-tan does not prepare your skin for the sun and has no protective action. It therefore does not replace your usual sun cream and you must always protect your skin before going out in the sun.
Finally, one last piece of advice: always moisturise your skin regularly, at least once a week, to keep it hydrated and plump. This will help your self-tan last longer. For a beautiful tan all year round!
**Use test – 20 volunteers. Evaluation by volunteers.