Girl basking in the sun

Sunless tanning has become the hottest trend in tanning technology. And really, what’s not to like? Self-tanning is proven to be a healthier alternative to sunbathing. It also ensures more precise control over your ideal shade. Self-tanners are also widely used to mask annoying blemishes, stretch marks, or cellulite.

And you can’t beat the simple pleasure of knocking out the daily body moisturizer routine and a tanning session all at once! So to keep up with the latest trends, we’ve decided to share some of our tricks of the trade with the self-tanning process.

Find the Perfect Fit

First things first: finding the right product for your skin tone. With more and more skin care blogs and YouTube tutorials popping up every day, this process has become easier than ever! But too many conflicting opinions can often turn this fun activity into a nightmare. That’s why we thought we’d recommend a guide that helpfully provides a list of quality, affordable brands. To view Byrdie’s self-tanning guide to matching skin tone to self-tanner, click here.

Some of the more high-end self-tanners come with a variety of skin care benefits. Quality brands such as VersaSpa and Jergens are designed to firm skin to prevent wrinkles and smooth away cellulite. Many sunless tanners offer skin oxygenation and a built-in detoxifier in their formula!


VersaSpa products can be used on all skin types and skin tones!

Self-Tanning Tips

We recommend exfoliating in the shower before applying any self-tanner. Make sure to apply the recommended amount on smooth swathes of skin for the ultimate sun-kissed glow! Start in a central area before gently massaging the product outwards in widening circles. Wait a few hours for the product to darken fully before applying more for the desired effect.

Make sure to wear loose-fitting clothes after applying the tanner! Also, you should definitely wait a few hours before washing or going in the water so you can dry completely.

Pro Tip: After applying the tanner make sure to gently rub your knees, elbows, and ankles with a damp cloth to sop up excess tanner. Patches of dry skin tend to soak up more self-tanner and this method will help prevent dark patches!

Got streaks? No problem.

Self-Tanning Applicator Mitts are the #1 way to apply sunless tanning lotions! Covering your hands before applying the self-tanner can save you from unflattering dark palms. Cheap latex gloves can also be used, but we’ve found that the Mitts provide a more even layer of self-tanning product.

Tanning Mitts come in all kinds of festive colors!

In time you’ll be a pro at applying a more even layer and avoiding streaks. But it’s always good to know how to deal with those first few rookie mistakes! Click here to check out these natural remedies for removing self-tanning streaks at

VersaSpa Pro

Of course, the easiest way to get the perfect sunless tan with the minimal amount of effort would be to get a professional spray tan. At Tan Unique we offer sessions in our top-of-the-line VersaSpa Pro spry tan booth! Our Heated Sunless Spa provides expert airbrush tanning sessions with a range of color boosting options. VersaSpa Pro offers a variety of customized tanning treatments that’s sure to produce a flawless tan in minutes.

 Check out our VersaSpa Pro Heated Sunless Spa and make your appointment today!

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