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Toned and radiant, with brighter eyes, whiter teeth and sculpted cheekbones – there’s no denying the confidence-boosting power of a good self-tan! But, whether you’re pale, olive or dark-skinned, it can be hard to know where to start. Thankfully, our ultimate Sunny Honey tan colour guide promises unBALIevable transformations – for all skin tones. To learn all you need to know about choosing the right self-tan for your skin tone, read on!
If you’re pale or light-skinned…
Think you’re too pale to pull off fake tan? You’re not! Not only can a wash of colour be incredibly flattering, it can also help cancel out any redness. However, extra care does need to be taken when self-tanning pale skin. Not only can a too-dark hue look unnatural, application mistakes are also more obvious.
The first thing to do to avoid a tanning to-do is selecting a self-tanner that’s specially formulated for pale-medium skins. It might seem tempting to go for broke with a ‘Dark’ or ‘Ultra Dark’ formula, but you’ll regret it – trust us! Tans designed for darker skin tones contain more of the tanning agent DHA, and using too much DHA will result in an unnatural orange or muddy-looking tan. Not a good look!
Make sure you mitt-up (there’s a handy applicator mitt in our Bali Bronzing Bundle) to avoid those tell-tale palms. And, if you’re a goldilocks? Clip back your hair and protect your hairline and brows with a touch of moisturiser.
Go for: A tanner designed for fairer skins. In Sunny Honey, this means choosing ‘Medium’ – our lightest option. To avoid missing any spots, a self-tanner with a guide colour is a game-changer –, especially for light skins! Formulated with colour guide technology, Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam’s visible bronzers ensure a flawless, even application. Every time.
Avoid: Choosing a formula for darker skin, applying too much product, or leaving your self-tanner on longer than recommended. If using Sunny Honey, we suggest rinsing off after two hours on the first application. While true pale skin (of the red hair and freckles variety) typically has pink undertones, those with light skin but yellowy tones should also steer clear of red-based tanners which can end up slightly orange.
If you’re olive or medium-skinned…
Self-tanning olive and medium-hued skin is less tricky, and you can pretty much opt for anything from a ‘Medium-Dark’ to ‘Ultra Dark’ formula. However, you should make sure you’re happy with the colour by doing a patch test first. And this actually applies to all skin tones.
We know, we know. Patch testing can be a pain when you want instant results – but it’s always a good idea! Not only will it ensure you’re happy with your colour before self-tanning from head to toe, it’ll indicate if you have an allergy or intolerance to any of the ingredients.
To bring out the natural beauty of olive skin, think green. Or specifically, green-grey. While green-based self-tanner suits most skin tones, colour-correcting pinkness (especially great for pale skins) and preventing an orange tint, Sunny Honey goes one step further. The unique green-grey base not only cancels out unwanted pink and prevents orange, it gives a richer brown finish to medium and dark skins.
Go for: Use a formula with a guide colour for foolproof application, try a ‘Medium-Dark’ to ‘Dark’ formula (in Sunny Honey that means ‘Dark’ or ‘Ultra Dark’), and go for a self-tanner with a green-grey base to flatter your natural tones and amplify your glow.
Avoid: Cheap self-tanners with artificial ingredients and poor-quality DHA that will dry out the skin. There’s no need to sacrifice your natural hydration and radiance for a faux glow!
If you’re dark…
Even if your skin’s already naturally dark, a fake tanner with antioxidants and firming ingredients – like Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam – can help blur imperfections, even out pigmentation and improve the appearance of cellulite. So, don’t think self-tan’s just for your fairer-skinned friends!
While there’s a bit more room for error when using fake tan on darker skin, you should still follow some universal fake-tanning tips. Including prepping the skin by exfoliating! Self-tanner clings to dry skin, which can lead to a patchy result and uneven fade. So, not matter your skin type or skin tone, make sure you give your skin a thorough sloughing prior to tanning.
Go for: A formula packed with booty firming, anti-ageing and imperfection-blurring ingredients!
Avoid: Self-tanners that just tan, without taking care of your skin. And, to avoid that awful biscuity fake tan smell, try Sunny Honey. Formulated with 100% natural DHA, the tropical mango and guava scent will have you craving your next self-tanning sesh!
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1. Shampoo your hair as normal, ideally using a sulfate-free shampoo.
2. Evenly distribute a generous amount of product to your towel-dried hair and brush through with the tangle tamer.
3. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse with warm water.
4. For dry hair, use 2-3 times a week, for normal hair, 1-2 times a week and for oily hair just once a week and focus the product towards the ends of the hair and avoid the scalp!
Don’t freak over streaks or panic over patches – here’s how to use Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam for the best self-tanning results under the sun! Simple to follow but super important, these foolproof tips will level up your self-tanning game – whether you’re a fake tanning first-timer or committed to faux-glow.
Read on for the 7 steps to self-tanning success with Sunny Honey. Don’t DIY without it!
Step 1 - Exfoliate + Remove unwanted hair
For a perfect fake tan, good prep is essential. This means exfoliating at least 6 hours before and removing unwanted hair a full 12-24 hours before self-tanning.
Exfoliation is important to prevent tanning ingredients clinging to dry, scaly bits and creating a patchy, uneven tan. Therefore, we always recommend a full-body exfoliation (in any areas you’ll be applying tan) as part of your tanning prep.
Defuzzing by waxing or shaving is also a good idea, for two reasons. Firstly, by removing hair you are essentially exfoliating and creating a nice smooth base which helps ensure a streak-free tan. Secondly, to avoid removing your colour, you want to avoid having to shave or wax for at least a few days after tanning.
But a word of caution. Make sure you wait at least 12 hours after hair removal before applying tanner. This allows your follicles to close, preventing irritation and those tiny pigment dots you might have noticed after tanning freshly shaved legs.
Step 2 – Apply to clean, dry skin
You’ve probably heard the best way to make a tan last is to moisturise, as your tan fades as dry skin cells shed. However, you want to avoid lubing up your bod immediately before applying self-tanner, or you’ll dilute the colour.
Instead, apply your Sunny Honey to clean, dry skin (no fragrance, deodorant or moisturiser) – and keep any moisturising to super-dry areas like your knees and elbows. These areas tend to soak up extra product and the moisturiser acts as a barrier.
Step 3 – Use a self-tanning mitt & brush
For flawless results, we recommend applying your Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam with the applicator mitt and kabuki brush included in our Bali Bronzing Bundle.
Standing in front of a mirror, apply the self-tanner in long, sweeping movements, using our hypoallergenic mitt. With a soft, velvety texture, the mitt ensures a smooth, even application – and prevents your palms from going muddy! Bali Bronzing Foam also features colour guide technology, so you can easily see if you’ve missed a spot. Clever, huh?
For tricky-to-tan, extra-absorbent areas, like the face, ears, hands, feet, elbows and knees, use the kabuki brush. Silky-soft and 100% vegan, it allows you easy access to any nooks and crannies.
Step 4 – Go easy on elbows, knees, wrists & hands
Some areas require a little extra care and a lighter touch, specifically dry and knobbly elbows and knees, and delicate wrists and hands. Approach tanning these areas with a small amount of self-tanner only, applied and blended in a circular motion, using the kabuki brush.
Check out the full tan tutorial here
Step 5 – Allow tan to develop
We know you’re all busy, so our fast-developing self-tanning formula delivers a gorgeous glow in just 2 hours! Make sure you allow the tan to develop for the full 2 hours, avoiding water and sweat-inducing activity during this time.
Once you’ve reached the 2-hour mark you’re free to shower. However, for a deeper colour you can safely leave on for up to 24 hours. Our tip? Apply Sunny Honey before bed and leave on overnight. Don’t worry – with our green-grey base and shades for each skintone, there’s no risk of your tan over developing. Or turning orange!
Step 6 – Shower
Once you’re ready to wash off the guide colour, take a warm (not hot) shower. Keep your shower as short as possible, and ideally use water only. No soap, body washes, shampoos etc. The purpose of this shower is just to get rid of any excess bronzer.
Don’t scrub too hard in the shower, and gently pat – don’t rub – skin dry with a soft towel.
Step 7 – Moisturise!
Once you’ve tanned it’s time to think about maintenance. Which means lathering on a body lotion every day to maintain hydration and prolong your glow. Be vigilant with your body moisturiser (we recommend our Glow Figure Body Moisture Whip!) and avoid shaving and exfoliation for a few days. It’s also best to avoid chlorinated pools and hot tubs – but don’t spoil your vacay over it!
Once your glow starts to go, at around day 5, it can be a good idea to exfoliate to ensure an even fade.
Tanned & Tested
Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at these real results from real people!
Chloe, Shade: Dark
Sunny Honey is literally heaven in a bottle. My skin felt so moisturized it was unreal!
Alexa, Shade: Medium
Sunny Honey gave me the most beautiful tan and perfected imperfections & cellulite on my legs! I loved using the kabuki brush on my feet and hands to ensure an even application. Zero complaints from me!
Yes, our Deep Clean Scalp Scrub is the perfect product to combat scalp flakiness. It works by combining physical exfoliants: Coconut Shell powder and enzymatic exfoliants AHAs and BHAs to dissolve flakes. Volcanic Ash absorbs excess oil which can cause dandruff by clumping together loose skin cells. Piroctone Olamine battle bacteria that causes dandruff.