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January 07, 2024 3 min read

A sun-kissed glow is the epitome of beauty, and many of us self tanning girlies desire that bronze complexion year round. While sunbathing is an out and out no-no, posing risks like premature ageing and skin cancer, self-tanning has become life for most of us. Self-tanners offer a safe and effective way to achieve gorgeously luminescent skin without the sun exposure. 

In this blog post, we'll explore what 'self-tan dry time' is, it's significance, and some essential tips to achieve the best results.

What is Self-Tan Dry Time?

Self-tan dry time refers to the period it takes for the self-tanning product to completely dry on your skin after application. During this phase, the active ingredients in the self-tanner interact with the amino acids in the top layer of your skin, producing a chemical reaction known as the Maillard reaction. This reaction darkens the skin, mimicking the appearance of a natural tan. It is crucial to allow the product to dry fully before dressing to avoid streaks and uneven color development.

Why is Self-Tan Dry Time Important?

  1. Avoiding Streaks and Smudges: Allowing the self-tanner to dry completely prevents the product from transferring onto clothing or other surfaces (hello crime scene bed sheets), minimising the risk of streaks and smudges.

  2. Even Colour Development: Self-tanning products like GlowBronze self tanning mousse may contain a bronzed guide colour that provides an immediate tint once applied. Waiting for the product to dry ensures the active ingredients penetrate the skin evenly, leading to a more consistent and natural-looking tan - this point is crucial girl!

  3. Long-Lasting Results: Properly dried self-tanners tend to last longer as the color has had sufficient time to develop and adhere to the skin's surface.



Tips for Achieving Optimal Self-Tan Dry Time


1. Exfoliate and Prepare the Skin: Before applying self-tanner, exfoliate your skin to remove any dead cells and create a smooth canvas for even application. Focus on rough areas like knees, elbows, and ankles to prevent excessive product buildup. We recommend a good body scrub and a soft yet buffing exfoliating mitt. Shop the duo in our GLOW-BE-GONEBundle below. 


2. Stay Patient: Don't rush the process! After applying the self-tanner, avoid dressing or sitting on fabric-covered surfaces until the product has completely dried. This typically takes anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the specific self-tanning product. If you hate waiting - we have your solution in GlowDry TAN DRYING POWDER

3. Consider Using Express Formulas: If you're short on time, consider using self-tanners with "express" or "rapid" formulas. These products allow for quicker dry times (but unfortunately can be high in alcohol which can dry out skin), often within 1-3 hours, and can be a convenient option for busy individuals. Again GlowDry can help here: GlowDryconveniently dries self tanner instantly and takes away stickiness allowing you get dressed immediately after. 




4. Opt for Light Layers: Instead of applying one heavy layer of self-tanner, consider applying multiple light layers. This approach allows each layer to dry more quickly and reduces the risk of streaks and uneven color.

5. Use a Tanning Mitt: To ensure smooth and even application, use a tanning mitt or glove. This not only helps with dry time but also prevents stained palms.

Achieving a flawless, sun-kissed glow with self-tanners is entirely possible with the right techniques and understanding of self-tan dry time. Patience and preparation are key factors in obtaining a streak-free, long-lasting tan that leaves you feeling quite literally lit from within.

We hope you found this blog helpful - Happy tanning!

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