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New to sunless tanning?

How to get the ultimate glow

Your confidence boost to try something new starts here.

At Sontse, we’ve given you an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide for self-tanning at home with instructions on how to use the best self-tan products, tips, and tricks to get that truly natural-looking, fresh from the Sunshine Coast glow. So here it is...


Be prepared

A beautiful tan is only as vibrant as the prep work you put into it. We know it’s tempting to jump straight ahead, but before you do, be sure to exfoliate away any dead skin and body product that could affect the look of your tan. 

We recommend using a gentle exfoliator on your face and body. An exfoliating mitt is also a must-have in your tanning kit to avoid dry, patchy spots that will show up darker or as clogged tan pores.

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Cover your bases

Apply a small amount of tan onto dry, clean skin with small circular motions. For best results, apply with a tanning mitt or tanning applicator. This will not only give a more even application, but it will help you avoid getting tan hands.

Leave on for one hour for a sun-kissed glow or up to four hours for a more bold, European bronze. 

Rinse and wash off in lukewarm water. Apply your SPF 50+ moisturiser before heading out into your day.

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Smooth things over

Asking yourself, but how does she get it so superbly immaculate every time? The secret is in smoothing over the details and not missing hard-to-blend areas. 

To do this we recommend using a face and body blending brush and here’s how it works. Buff a small amount of your tanning product onto dry, clean skin in small circular motions. Repeat this over the face, elbows, ankles, and feet, and use it like a contouring brush, adding more product anywhere you desire a little more colour depth.

For more delicate areas like the face and decolletage, you may want to use a body mist that is more lightweight. Allow the mist to settle in and apply in circular motions with a Kabuki Blending Brush (avoid using your hands). Lightly cover the tops of your hands, elbows, and feet last. Leave on for 4 hours for a subtle glow and up to 8 hours for a deeper bronzed tan. Rinse once you’ve reached your desired colour.

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Rinse and repeat

Ready to wash away your old tan, deeply cleanse your skin and prepare for a new fresh tan?

It’s so simple. Grab an exfoliating mitt and jump in the shower. Avoid using chemical self-tan removers and instead opt for this skin-loving ritual. Wetting the mitt, add a gentle cleanser or exfoliating scrub and massage in circular motions. Give a little extra attention to the elbow, knee and ankle areas. Rinse off, allow yourself to dry, and begin the tanning process again.

For vibrant, healthy-looking skin, we recommend only exfoliating once a week. Any more than this is unnecessary and can have the opposite effect. Please note if you are trying to maintain a current tan, avoid exfoliating. This will begin the removal process.

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Practise safe sun exposure!

You probably won’t see this step recommended or explained by other self-tanning brands. At Sontse. we’re extremely passionate about empowering you with the knowledge and wisdom to enjoy your days under the sun, as UV-damage-free as possible.

Whilst it’s tempting to assume your skin is covered when using a fake tan, it is extremely important to still slip slop slap with a quality SPF 50+ sunscreen.

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