Bionic Glows with Sunless Tanner Tips

by Bionic Beauty on 05.May.2008 · 11 comments

Makeup and Beauty tips from BionicWith the sun and hence swimsuit season upon us, let’s share tips on sunless tanners. Below are my fail safe tricks to get a natural looking glow sans streaks, blotches or skin nightmares.

  • Exfoliate during your shower. This is so very important to getting an even application with sunless tanners. I use a bath pouf or a loofah with my body wash and wash my entire body. Then, I very lightly wash with a non-moisturizing exfoliant or microdermabrasion body wash (like Lancome’s Microdermabrasion for body). Your goal is to get an even layer of fresh skin. Without exfoliating, your skin has an uneven “shed” of skin cells causing the skin to absorb the tanner at different rates.
  • Before applying your tanner, slather your favorite cream, lotion or barrier cream on your hands (focusing on cuticles and in between fingers). Rub the excess lightly over your knees and elbows. This step helps prevent the dreaded orange hands and allows the tanner to wash off your hands much easier!
  • If you are inexperienced, do not choose a foam tanner. These are more difficult to apply and get on your body evenly. Stick with a gel or cream that has some color to it. The color will allow you to see where you’ve already applied the tanner.
  • Wash those hands! After application, use your bath pouf or microdermabrasion to lightly scrub your hands clean. Apply another layer of lotion or cream over top (helps to dilute any remaining tanner on your hands).
  • Plan some projects! If you are not using a quick-dry formula (and even if you are, you should wait at least 10 minutes before dressing), plan some things to do while the tanner sinks into your skin and dries. Fold laundry, apply a face mask, refresh your toenail polish. And don’t wear white shorts or pants immediately after applying your tanner- you will just be asking for trouble!

What are your secret tips for a successful sunless tan?


1 Jen May 5, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Great tips sunless lotion tips BB! I am definitely trying the barrier lotion on my hands. Very smart!

2 Suzann May 6, 2008 at 6:18 am

Great idea about slathering hand cream on first to act as a barrier. I never thought of that. Yep, and finding something to do while you wait for the tanning cream to sink in – very important. I guess my tip would be – if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to do your whole body, you can do just your legs (as long as you’re not going to the beach or modeling lingerie:)). I love to wear short sundresses in the summer, and often just do my legs.

Great tips, B.B., thanks.

3 Victoria May 6, 2008 at 10:45 am

I agree the hand cream tip is great- I will try this one- I always struggle with gettin the tanner off my hands. Ilove your blog keep up the good work !!

4 BionicBeauty May 7, 2008 at 7:09 am

Thank you everyone! I hope you get some benefits by putting the lotion on your hands first. It really seems to keep my cuticles and palms from turning icky brown/orange (perfect for fall, but not so pretty, huh?).

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