Unlike the days when self tanners were first introduced to the public, tanners have come a long way and, Yes, it is absolutely possible to find self tanners that won’t turn you orange. The brand of product you are using will play a part in the dreaded orange skin. Cheaper may not always be the way to go if you are wanting that sexy, sleek look of a gorgeous tan.
Not only is it a good idea to exfoliate a 2 to 3 days before your initial tanning session, but it is noted by many others that use self tanners to exfoliate between applications. Applying the 2nd coat without it can cause an orange tan and even patchy blotches on the skin. Especially on the knees, ankles and elbows.
Not giving the tanner enough time to develop and applying a second coat of tanner can result in the same orange effect. Be patient and give the tanner a minimum of 24 hours to process before applying again.
Another insider tip for achieving a warm brown glow instead of the orange skin is to be sure to match your skin color. If you are fair complexed, you won’t want to pick out a dark tanner. It will have a large amount of DHA in the formula and will tan you too quickly, leaving you orange. Less DHA will require a gradual process. You will need more applications to get the desired color you are looking for. So chose a light, medium or dark tanner depending on your skin color for the best results.
Pay close attention to your hands, ankles, toes, knees and elbows. These are the body parts that will turn orange first with the use of self tanners. Those areas are always my biggest issues and I have read of others, so I know it effects everyone. The best thing I have found to do in this situation is to mix a water based moisturizer to the self tanner and then apply. For your hands, you will either need to wash between each application or use latex gloves. When you are finished and remove the gloves, just apply a dab on the back of your hands and rub them together.