Self-Tanning Tips

Today I’m sharing my tips & tricks for an even, glowing tan from a bottle.

You know me – it’s gotta be easy, budget-friendly and take a minimal amount of time to be #momapproved. Most of us have sworn off tanning beds but that doesn’t make it easy getting used to pastey-white skin so I’ve spent the past 5 years trying to find the best affordable self-tanner on the market.

After a lot of streaking, funny smells and sticky residue I finally narrowed my self-tan search down to a favorite brand. I use both the foam and the lotion from b tan and I’ll explain how I use both below.


I use the lotion when I’m in a hurry – AKA pretty much all of the time, especially on weekdays – BUT the foam gives a darker tan so I do like to use this on a Sunday evening if I can summon up the motivation to get off the couch.

Both go on really well, dry quickly, don’t have a harsh smell and give great color. The product is great but I’ve still got a few tricks up my sleeve for you.

  1. ALWAYS, always, always shower prior to applying self-tanner. I promise you, this is the trick to a smooth, streak-free application. Even if I showered 3 hours prior, I’ll still pop in to get my skin wet before applying. Make sure you towel dry completely before applying.
  2.  Use an applicator mitt with the foam but NOT with the lotion.
  3.  If you’re using the foam/mitt start with your face first. Once you’ve covered the rest of your body the mitt will be really saturated and you don’t want to use it on your face.
  4.  Wash your hands really well with soap and warm water once you’re done applying. I will usually give mine two passes with the soap.
  5. Dry your hands and wrists and then rub your wrists up & down your arms. I know I sound like a crazy person but this will help transfer just enough color to help blend your clean hands with your freshly tanned bod.
  6. Focus on small areas at a time. Don’t try to cover your entire leg in one swoop – the foam dries quick so I focus on my calf & foot, then re-pump and move to my thigh & knee. Same with my arms – I start with my shoulder & upper arm, re-pump and then move to my lower arm.
  7.  Never cover your ankles, knees, elbows, feet & hands first. By this I mean, when you have fresh foam on your mitt or lotion in your hand, rub it on whatever body part you’re focused on and then once you’re ready to re-pump, cover the ankle/knee/elbow, etc… at that time.
  8.  Bend your knees & elbows when covering them but don’t spend too much time there. Those patches of skin tend to be more dry and soak up the self-tanner more easily.
  9.  Apply at night. This is my routine. I apply 1-2/week when I’m on my A-game and always at night. It allows the tan to soak into my skin and then I can rinse it off in the morning and have a healthy glow before heading out the door.
  10. Watch out for your ears. Okay, so this one is kind of a joke because one day I got a blob of the foam in my ear and didn’t realize it until AFTER work the following day. My poor coworkers.

Alright crew, go get your glow on!

I really hope this inspires you to nix the tanning bed & sub the sunbathing for SPF & self-tanner.

Best always,