Get The Perfect Sunless Tan: Your Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide

Get The Perfect Sunless Tan: Your Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide

Written by Watsons’ Beauty & Skincare Experts Team May 2023
Hey there, fellow sun lovers! Do you want to achieve that sun-kissed glow without damaging your skin with harmful UV rays? Well, look no further because we've got you covered with our step-by-step guide for a beautiful golden glow.
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Step 1 - Remove Hair

If you plan on waxing, shaving, or using any hair removal methods, it is essential to do so at least 24 hours before applying the sunless tanner. This will allow time for the pores to close and minimize the risk of irritation.

Avoid Deodorants And Perfumes

On the day of your tanning session, avoid using deodorants, perfumes or any other skincare products that contain alcohol, as it may cause skin irritation and uneven color.

Step 2- Prep Your Skin

The second step in getting that perfect sunless tan is to exfoliate your skin to remove any dead skin cells. Use a body scrub or exfoliating mitt to gently scrub away dry and rough patches. This step will ensure that your tan goes on smoothly and lasts longer.

Step 3 - Moisturize

After exfoliating, apply a hydrating body lotion to your entire body, paying extra attention to areas that tend to get extra dry, like your elbows, knees, and ankles. This will help ensure that your tan doesn't end up looking patchy or uneven. It is recommended to moisturize at least 4 hours before and after tanning to avoid uneven color.

Step 4 - Apply The Tan

It's time to apply your sunless tanning product. Use a tanning mitt or gloves to avoid getting the product on your hands. Apply the product in circular motions, starting from your legs and working your way up.

Be sure to blend the product evenly, and don't forget to cover all areas, including your feet, hands, and face.

Step 5 - Wait And Rinse

After applying the tan, wait for it to dry before putting on any clothes. Depending on the product, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to dry.


Once it's dry, wait at least 1-6 hours (depending on the depth of color you want) before rinsing it off. Use lukewarm water and avoid using any harsh soaps or scrubs.

Step 6 - Maintain Your Tan

Congratulations! You now have a beautiful sunless tan. To keep it looking fresh and flawless, it's essential to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.


Always wear sunscreen when you're going to be outside, even if it's cloudy. Apply sunscreen frequently throughout the day, especially after swimming or sweating.


Additionally, moisturize daily and avoid harsh exfoliants. If you notice any areas starting to fade, use a touch-up product to keep that summer glow going all year long.

So, there you have it! A complete guide to achieving and maintaining that perfect sunless tan. Remember to prep your skin properly, apply your sunless tanning product evenly, and protect your skin from the sun.


With these tips, you'll be able to enjoy a beautiful and safe sunless tan all year long.