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Get ready to glow: Your self-tanning routine questions answered

Whether you have an established tanning routine, or are about to embark on your first flirtation with it, chances are you’re still not 100% on how to ace self-tanning (or fake tan, as it’s often called). But with an array of exciting new products now available, it’s easier than ever to achieve smooth, sun-kissed skin. Whether you’re an instant-tan fanatic or a gradual-tan fan, we’ve gathered together your most common questions and answered them here, to help you get your glow on.

  • 1

    Should I exfoliate before tanning?
    

    You might have heard that exfoliating before applying self-tanner is a no-no, but it depends on which product you’re using and when. Make sure you leave 24 hours after shaving and exfoliating before using self-tanner – unless, that is, you’re using a gradual tanner like Dove Summer Revived Self-Tanning Body Lotion, which can be applied straight after exfoliating and will moisturize skin, too.

  • 2

    How soon can I shower?
    

    There are few things more dispiriting than being caught in a downpour after a spray tan, which is why it's worth developing a self tan routine. Although you might be eager to see the final result, check the instructions of your chosen product carefully, and don’t shower until the correct developing time has passed. Keep that first shower quick, don’t scrub or exfoliate, and gently pat skin dry.

  • 3

    Should I moisturize afterwards?
    

    Moisturizing daily after applying fake tan is usually a must, but because our tanning products are all gradual tans and packed full of impressive moisturizing technology, you don’t need to layer on extra moisture on top. Using a lotion like Dove Skin Glow Oil in Milk Lotion – which uses light-reflecting minerals for a glowy feel – will also give your tan a boost of shimmer.

  • 4

    How can I avoid streaking?
    

    There are a few ways you can reduce the risk of the dreaded streaking. Make sure your self-tan is dry before getting dressed and try not to touch your skin while it’s drying. It also helps to use a gradual self-tanner that works with your natural skin tone, like our nourishing Dove Summer Revived Gradual Self-Tan Mousse.

  • 5

    Am I protected from the sun?
    

    Self-tanner can make you feel like you’re glowing with health, but you still need to protect your skin from dangerous UV rays. Just like a base tan can make you feel less likely to burn in the sun (spoiler alert: you can definitely still burn), wearing fake tan can give you a false sense of security. Always protect yourself by wearing a high-rated SPF sunscreen over your tan.


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