How to apply Self Tanner on your face – The Right Way

How to apply Self Tanner on your face – The Right Way

Your face can get the perfect sun-kissed glow if you master the techniques of applying self tanner. At Jergens skincare, we aim to help everyone achieve a beautiful tan without having to damage their skin from the sun's UV rays. Learning how to apply self tanner on your face and neck can help you put your best face forward. If you follow our advice for using self tanner on your face, you'll get that rosy, gorgeous glow without any sun damage.

What Is Self Tanner?

Self tanner provides a bronzed glow without the sun exposure. From lotions to towelettes, the product comes in various forms. The tan will wear off after several days or can be removed with an exfoliator among other methods.

Self tanner provides a bronzed glow without the sun exposure. From lotions to towelettes, the product comes in various forms. The tan will wear off after several days or can be removed with an exfoliator among other methods.

Many self tanners use an active ingredient called dihydroxyacetone, or DHA. DHA is an FDA-approved ingredient for use in self-tanning lotions, creams, and sprays. Self tanners with DHA work by reacting with the amino acids on the top of your skin, creating a darkened shade. Applying a self-tanner with this ingredient on your face is safe to use, but it should not be applied to the area around the eyes, nose, or lips. Inhaling DHA is also not recommended.


    • Safety – The biggest pro for using a self tanner on your face compared to laying out and getting a tan from the sun is safety. Sunless tanners allow you to get a golden glow without increasing your risk for sun damage or aging your skin. You also don't have to worry about getting a painful sunburn.
    • Speed – Sunless tanners can also give you an instant tan in just a few minutes, saving you precious time in the day. Most sunless tanners allow you to apply and give your skin a bronze tint right away. This effect is perfect for an important event or a day out on the beach.
    • Year-Round Glow – When applied regularly, your tan can also last all year long instead of just during the summer months with a self tanner. You don't have to schedule a trip to the Caribbean in the winter to get a gorgeous tan year-round.


    • Price – One con that comes with a self tanner is that it's not free like getting a tan from the sun. Sunless tanners range in price from a few dollars and up, and you will likely need multiple bottles to maintain your tan.
    • Varied Results – There are lots of different types of self tanners on the market. The results can vary depending on the quality of the product and the application method. Some people have a poor application technique and may get a messy result, while others can apply the self tanner easily and expertly. Nailing down the techniques of a perfect self-tan can be a learning curve for some, but don't worry -- Jergens skincare offers the perfect tips and tricks for getting an even and beautiful glow.
Now that you have a better idea of how self tanner works, you can learn more about applying it effortlessly to your face in order to get that natural glow.

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Guide to using self tanner on your face


 Here is a step-by-step guide for applying self tanner on your face to get a flawless look. Follow these steps to feel more confident and beautiful with your newly tanned skin.

    1. Choose the Right Self Tanner – Before you start, you need to find the right self-tanning product for your skin. For oily skin, use a tanning mousse formula. Tanning mousse has a silky dry finish that won't add extra oil to your skin. If your skin is normal to dry, we recommend trying a self-tanning lotion that combines the tint with a moisturizer, like the Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer.
    2. Cleanse and Exfoliate – Before applying any self tanner to your face, you should cleanse your skin and exfoliate with oil-free products. Exfoliating your skin will help remove any dead skin cells and give you a smooth, fresh face, ready for even application.
    3. Add a Moisturizer – Then, you should apply an oil-free moisturizer so the self tanner sets in your skin completely. Add moisturizer to your hairline and eyebrows to keep them from staining. Avoid any products containing oil for at least 24 hours before applying any self tanner.
    4. Apply Self Tanner – Finally, it's time to apply the self tanner. Smooth the self tanner over your face and neck evenly for a perfect tone. If you're applying it before bed, set the tan with a translucent powder.
    5. Add Another Layer of Moisturizer – Once the self-tanner has dried, use your oil-free moisturizer to give your skin an extra boost of hydration and help retain your tan.

Face Tanning Aftercare

The last part of using self tanner on your face and neck is aftercare. If you take care of your skin and your tan, your glow could last longer. Here are our tips for ultimate tanning aftercare.

    • Keep Your Skin Hydrated – Be sure to reapply your oil-free moisturizer every day in the morning and at night. Keep your skin hydrated so your face continues to show a bright, beautiful glow.
    • Stay Away From Oil – Avoid using any cleanser or other skincare product that has oil in it. Skin products with oil could lead to fast fading of your self tanner and give your skin an uneven look.
    • Skip the Exfoliating – You'll also need to skip any exfoliating if you want to maintain your tan for as long as possible. Exfoliating will scrub off that top layer of skin where the tan is, so avoid any harsh products that may strip your skin or the tint.
    • Protect With Sunscreen – Finally, protect your face and the rest of your skin by applying sunscreen every day, even in the colder months and on cloudy days. Use a product that is an SPF of 30 or higher for best results. Reapply your sunscreen every few hours for maximum protection and coverage.

For a stunning, flawless radiance for your face, follow this guide and our other self-tanning tips from the team at Jergens skincare. Opt for our self-tanner products that include SPF protection for your face for best results.

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