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5 Important Rules to Follow Immediately After You Apply Fake Tan

5 Important Rules to Follow Immediately After You Apply Fake Tan

Thursday night. The universal evening where every guy or gal who loves fake tan goes into lockdown mode and gets to work bronzing themselves up for the weekend ahead.

You apply your layer (or layers) carefully and go about your business – only to wake up the next morning, shower off the residue and have the stark realisation you’ve had a fake tan fail.

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s missed spots, streaky tan, cakey knees or elbows or ruined sheets – it can be enough to ruin your usual Friday buzz.

That’s why After Tan Co is here to save the day (and the weekend) with our top priceless rules to follow immediately after you’ve tanned your cares away.

Check yourself over in natural light

There are few greater shocks than stepping out the front door in the morning feeling like a million, bronzed bucks only to realise your fake tan isn’t what it appeared to be in the artificial lighting of your home.

After applying your tanning product, always give yourself the once-over in the best lighting you can find to ensure you haven’t missed any pesky spots. If this is impossible, consider applying your tan during the daylight hours to ensure an all-over, even finish.


Avoid contact with water


The golden rule (pun intended!) to avoid any upsets. Depending on your product of choice, “setting” time for fake tan can vary. The general rule is to avoid contact with water for at the absolute least, 1-2 hours. That includes showers, sweat-inducing exercise, rain and washing the dishes. Many a fake tan fail has occurred with sink upsplash ruining newly-glowing arms. If you can manage it, leave it on overnight for a deeper finish.

Become a nudist for a little while

Virtually every fake tan product applies differently and therefore feels different on your skin after your apply it. Some feel tacky or sticky and take quite a while to properly dry, and even then, you won’t feel like it’s a natural second skin until you have your next shower. Putting clothes on, sitting or laying down immediately is a big no-no initially. You may rub off a significant amount of product that is only just beginning to “set”. Instead, embrace your birthday suit and implement a “clothes optional” policy for an hour or two.


Stand in front of a fan 

This is a great way to speed up the drying process and in the warmer months, the perfect way to stay cool at the same time! Alternate your position occasionally to give different parts of your body a chance to dry faster.


Protect your bedding

Of course, we believe this is the most important rule – that’s why we created a range of ingenious after tan bedding and accessories to ensure your much-loved manchester isn’t compromised in your tanning efforts.


Our super-soft and breathable Bamboo Sheet Protector is ideal for any size bed and will make sure your tan stays just where it should – on you!

Don’t forget the matching Bamboo Pillow Protector to experience the full benefit. Your sheets will thank you!

  1. Samantha April 25, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    These are some great tips especially becoming a nudist 🙂 I have had my sheets dirty when I applied it for first time and sat on my bed.

    • After Tan Co April 25, 2017 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂 We’ve all been there, nothing more annoying!

  2. Tracy May 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Do you sell a bundle set with all 3 products instead of buying them all separately?

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