How to Apply Self Tanner to Back Easy Way (Updated 2024)

While there are few things that can give you a sunless golden glow, sunless tanning can give you a beauty kill. There are many benefits self-tan provides. First, you need to learn how to Apply self-tanner. The process of acquiring a beautiful look may take you a few days. However, once you master it, you can complete the process in less than an hour. In return, you will acquire a beautiful, natural-looking self-tan lasting for days.

Following the official guide is given below helps you know how to use self-tanning products at home. You can use self-tanning lotion, mousse, spray, cream, or gel. The tips work for them all.

What you need for Apply Self Tanner :-

  • The right self-tanner
  • Exfoliating scrub – for removing dead skin cells
  • Tight fitting disposable latex gloves
  • Lotion wand, strap, or sponge paintbrush
  • Petroleum jelly or Vaseline
  • Tissue paper
  • Mirror
  • Hair tie or band
  • Blow dryer
  • Time
  • Bullet Point 2


Save any area where you want to apply self-tan. This can be the legs, bikini area, or underarm. For men, it can be the chest or face.

Exfoliate the skin before application. Do this a day before for the best results. Slough off the dead skin cells for 1-2 hours before application. You can use body scrubs or exfoliation products in the tub or shower room. Self-tan works better on fresh skin.

Ensure the skin is dry after exfoliating or shaving. Make sure there is no moisture on your skin. Water is an enemy of self-tan products for the 2 hours after application.

Apply petroleum jelly or Vaseline to your eyebrows first before beginning. This ensures the tanning lotion does not change color.

Apply moisturizer first before applying the self-tanner.

Put on the gloves on and start applying the self-tan products first to your head. Use a light covering and work in short circular motion. Ensure you get to the ears and behind your ears ad neck (all exposed areas).

How to Apply Self Tanner

Apply the products to the feet and legs. Use a slight amount to enable it to blend well. Apply to the stomach, shoulders, chest, and arms. Be careful with the hands and avoid the palms.

Lastly, apply the tan to your back with the help of paintbrush, wand, or strap. It will take a while to get used to it.

How to Apply Self Tanner

Once the application is complete use a tissue paper to gently wipe the elbows, wrists, knees, or tops of your feet. This takes a little color away to give it a great look. This trick works wonders.

Thoroughly wash your hands if you did not use gloves.

Take a blow dryer and dry the areas you applied self-tanner for a few seconds to speed up the drying.

It takes 15 minutes for the products to work. Wait for an hour before putting on clothes. After an hour go to bed and when you wake up in the morning take a shower. When you finish, use the mirror to catch a glimpse of the sunless tan.

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