How To Achieve The Perfect Tan – Tropic Skincare

by Christina Gvaliant
How To Achieve The Perfect Tan – Tropic Skincare


When it comes to achieving a natural-looking glow, we’ve got you covered! Follow these simple (yet effective) Tan Commandments for fuss-free, beautifully bronzed summer skin…


Prep for streak-free perfection by doing everything else first – always paint your nails prior to applying your tan. For best results when tanning – if leg grooming is your thing – try to shave 24 hours before application, as shaving opens pores and can cause the colour to deposit unevenly.


Exfoliation is key – the best way to achieve a full, even application is to exfoliate 24 hours before you plan to apply your self tan, to ensure your skin’s completely rinsed and ready.

Use our Exfoliating Mitt or our Body Smooth Refreshing Polish to get rid of those pesky dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling like a silky smooth blank canvas, eagerly awaiting its impending golden shimmer! 


Moisturising immediately before applying your tan creates a barrier between your skin and the active plant allo-melanin found in our tanning range. This means that your self-tan won’t penetrate the upper layers of the epidermis and your colour won’t develop as effectively.

Luckily, all products in our tanning range are super nourishing and moisturising, so you can keep your skin hydrated and happy while you tan!


Don’t skip the mitt! Instead of applying the tanning product directly to your skin, dispense some product onto our Tanning Mitt before clenching your fist to spread it out. Next, apply to your skin directly from the mitt – this will ensure a more even application.


Work the tan into your skin from your feet upwards, to avoid applying the product unevenly on other areas. 


You wouldn’t typically use your body lotion on your face, and the same applies when you tan. That’s why we’ve created Sun Drops Gradual Tanning Facial Serum – simply blend a few drops with your daily facial moisturiser to achieve a natural sun-kissed glow.


 Elbows, knees, hands and feet are all prone to picking up additional product. After applying tan in these areas, gently wipe them with a damp cloth to smooth the product out.

If your skin’s particularly dry in these areas, you can also moisturise them, to ensure you get a nice, even application. By simply popping a small dab of our Body Love Firming Buttercream onto these areas, you’ll not only smooth your skin and help your tan blend more evenly, but the barrier created by the moisturiser will prevent any undesirably intense colour – dry patches are the one exception to the ‘no moisturising’ rule! 


The hands can be real tell-tale signs of tanning mishaps! So, once you’ve finished applying your tan, make sure you carefully wash your hands. This will prevent the product settling on your palms, knuckles and between your fingers. 

To achieve an even colour after you’ve thoroughly washed and dried yours hands, work the excess product from your arms down onto your hands and blend.


How To Achieve The Perfect Tan

After four days, or as your tan begins to slowly fade, it’s recommended that you exfoliate to help your colour fade evenly, ready for a new application. This is especially important if you have drier skin. After 24 hours you can apply more product to build your tan and get that sun-kissed glow on the go once more.


Now that you’ve got your tanning know-how down, there’s nothing standing in the way of you achieving your most radiant sun-free tan yet! Total tanning confidence is on the horizon – even if the sun stays behind the clouds. 


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