XEN-TAN SELF TAN APPLICATION GUIDE
Follow these easy steps to get the best looking tan with Xen-Tan, our favourite self-tanning brand.
When you're tanning at home, preparation is the key to getting the most natural and even-looking result. It's amazing what a difference it can make, so it's worth following these few simple steps to make sure you get a flawless tan that last even longer.
24 Hours before:
Shave or Wax - Make sure you shave or wax any areas you need to - shaving or waxing immediately after treatment can damage the colouring.
Exfoliate - using an oil-free product, focusing on drier areas such as elbows, knees and ankles - Xen-Tan Body Scrub is particularly effective.
Moisturise - your whole body with an oil-free moisturiser such as Xen-Tan Scent Secure
Cleanse - Remove any make-up, deodorant, moisturisers or anything that could act as a barrier between your skin and the tanning product, as this can lead to discolouration.
Moisturise - Apply a thin layer of oil-free moisturiser to elbows, knees and ankles at this point too, but try and avoid contact with the rest of your body as this could prevent a completely even finish. Try Xen-Tan Scent Secure for an oil-free moisturiser with a delicious fresh fragrance.
Once you have fully prepared, it's time for application. If you're trying it for the first time, just take it easy and use a little at a time - there's no rush and you'll soon get the hang of it.
Legs and Feet - Starting with the feet, use a cotton wool pad or make-up sponge for a smooth finish. To avoid tell tale 'tide-marks' apply lightly between toes and around nails, blending carefully over the heels and towards the bottoms of your feet. Then continue with the lower legs. Apply in circular motions, blending upward lightly over knees, then continue circular motions around thighs.
Chest and Arms - Apply a small amount in circular motions to your shoulders, chest, stomach and arms, and as far around your sides as you can reach.
Back - can be difficult if you've no-one there to help you, but they needn't be with our Hard to Reach Back Applicator.The soft, reusable foam applicator pads help to spread your tan for an evenly smooth, flawless colour. Use a mirror to check for any spots you might have missed and reapply if necessary.
Hands - Leave your hands until last. Wash them thoroughly with a bar of soap for about a minute (bars work better than liquid soap) and leave them to dry for ten minutes. Now use a cotton wool pad or sponge to apply a small amount to the backs of the hands and more lightly between the fingers and around the nails and gently work in to the skin.
Tanning Mitt - We recommend using a mitt to apply your tanner - mitts give a smooth and even application and help protect your hands. Our Luxury Tanning Mitt is ideal and speeds up application time too, although you may feel more comfortable just using your bare hands or vinyl gloves We would however recommend you avoid latex gloves as these can cause an uneven finish.
Guide Colour - Some products have an instant guide colour to help you see where you've applied. However, our light/gradual products go on clear, so you'll need to remember where you've applied them - check the pack if you're unsure.
Mix it Up - It's worth experimenting with different products for different parts of the body. Legs can be notoriously difficult to tan, so try using a darker product like Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe. Specialist face tanners like Xen-Tan Face Tanner give a radiant glow and also act as a luxurious facial treatment
Once your tan has been applied you should be feeling good all over. But there are still a few steps worth following to guarantee the results are absolutely flawless and your tan lasts as long as possible.
What to wear - Due to its great smell you can apply Xen-Tan during the day or night, but it's always worth wearing loose, dark clothing afterwards.
Drying Time - Different products have different shades, so it should come as no surprise that the longer you leave a product on, the darker the colour. For best results leave on for a maximum of eight hours.
Washing Off - Once you're happy with your tan wash off the guide colour using warm water, which won't break up the colour.
Prolong Your Tan - Xen-Tan Body Scrub has a light granular texture that leaves skin feeling wonderfully smooth and used over time can help extend your tan. Tan extenders like Transform and Transform Luxe are also ideal ways to prolong the life of your tan for as long as possible. Both are packed with skin-nourishing moisturisers, giving your skin an indulgent treat and ensuring your sun-kissed colour stays fresh and fades evenly.
Accessories - To complement your tan with the same gorgeous olive tones, try Face Tanner Luxe or our shimmer-free bronzer, Perfect Bronze. Face Tanner Luxe gives a radiant glow and nourishes your skin, whilst Perfect Bronze glides on and blends seamlessly with your tan.
Xen-Tan self-tanner washes out of most fabrics but we always suggest wearing darker colours whilst your tan is developing. To prolong the life of your tan, Transform Luxe should be applied 2-3 days after the application of your dark tanning product.
About Xen-Tan in the UK
Xen-Tan was founded in the USA by a group of dedicated tanners that were unhappy with the dry skin, orange finish, bad odours and mess that often came with fake tanning products. So they developed a range that was easy to use, smelled great, and left their skin nourished but most of all gave a flawless, olive toned fake tan that looked completely natural. Since being introduced to the UK it has become a brand of choice for fake tan lovers and celebrities picking up a stack of prestigious beauty awards along the way.
Perfect for even the most fairest of skins, Xen-Tan moisture rich formula gives a natural looking olive tan for longer, with more DHA in their products than ever before and combined with their unique time released ingredients you can enjoy a longer lasting, more natural and beautifully even results that complement your skin tone and fade evenly too.
Xen-Tan products do not contain any toxic ingredients, they have been very careful to create high-quality and safe products that support healthy skin.
It creates the most natural-looking sun-kissed glow.
There's a product that's perfect for every skin tone.
It's so easy to use, anyone can do it.
It goes on smoothly for a flawless result.
It's packed with rich moisturisers that nourish your skin.
You'll enjoy the long-lasting results for up to ten days.
Every product in the range smells delicious.
It fades gradually and evenly.
With a range of application options, including lotions, mousses and sprays, there's something to suit.
Which Xen-Tan Product Is Right For You?
Whatever your skin tone, Xen-Tan have the perfect product for you. With three natural looking tones for self application - dark, medium and gradual. Carefully formulated using unique ingredients to create a long-lasting, natural olive tan with a flawless finish, each product is also packed with moisturisers to nourish your skin, so your tan fades evenly and smells delicious too. With the right products and the right guidance, you'll be feeling good all over in no time at all.