Self tanning has become quite a staple method to the tanning community. It's due to the promise that there's little harm that this method of tanning can do. With the absence of UV rays, you don't heighten the chances of danger your skin can get. This means avoiding sunburn, reactions to the sun's rays and even lessened chances of getting skin cancer.

Although self tanning can be a gift, it can be a very complicated approach to tanning. Compared to just lying down and letting the sun do its work, self tanning needs precision and patience to be applied to one's skin perfectly. It also requires some time and space to be able to dry appropriately.

Retouching self tanned skin can be a difficult experience. It can be hard for beginners to gauge when one should retouch their fake tan. Here are some tips to consider when you should revamp it without stressing yourself out:

  • If your self tan has become dull or flaky, it may be time to cleanse it off. There's no glory in keeping a dull tan as this means your topmost layer of skin is already dull. It's best to get a new layer of self tanned skin as opposed to retouching it.

 

  • When you have mishaps with your newly tanned skin, it can be devastating to find them. Darker spots or even lighter areas can ruin a great tan. For this case, it's always a good idea to have some spare self tanner around to dab lightly on lighter areas or use some lemon juice to lighten darker areas. Remember to dab lightly or you might make the experience worse.

 

  • If it has been two weeks since you last applied your self tanner, it would be a good idea to cleanse it off as well. Our skin regenerates itself in two weeks thus keeping an old tan would only lead to it peeling off in the next few days. Optimally, you can do your self tanning twice a month to maintain a great tan without sacrificing too much of your time.

 

  • If you had a dip in the pool, you might end up with lighter patches of skin. Normally you can apply some tanner to sort this concern out but if you have large patches of skin in a lighter shade, it's best to do the self tanning session again. Swimming pools have chlorine which can lighten your skin so it's best to avoid going to the pool if you've just applied your self tanner.