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Rain, Hail, or Shine, Glow Without the Sun - Choosing the Best Tan for your Skin Type and Complexion


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Showing off a glowing tan without sun exposure is totally possible and easy to accomplish using the right self-tanning products. Available in cool, dark, light, and warm tones, self-tanners showcase many other features that are important to consider before you proceed with purchase and application. Finding the best formula based on your skin type can be challenging. However, if you want a stunning sun-kissed glow, it is imperative that you select the right self-tanner that complements your skin type and colour. 

So, how do I choose the right self-tanning product for my skin type?

There are a few elements to consider when choosing the perfect self-tanner. Level of experience, ideal undertones for the skin, skin type, and how quickly you want the tan to develop on your skin. Making your tan to last longer is one crucial factor but choosing the right self-tanning formula for your colour and skin type is yet another challenge for most people. 

There are tanning formulas that work best for oily skin, while others are formulated to suit sensitive skin, and of course, there are self-tanning solutions that offer formulas for a wide range of skin colours. To help you navigate the confusing activity of selecting the right self-tanner that suits both skin type and shade, here is a shopping guide for self-tanners for various needs. We’ll take a look at what formulations suit various skin types and shades. 

  • For Sensitive Skin

You need to look at a self-tanning product which not only develops to create a bronzed hue, but one that deeply nourishes the skin. You need to look for a brand that manufacturers self-tanners with natural ingredients. Argan oil, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Pro-Vitamin B, and coconut water are just some nourishing ingredients that a sensitive skin will highly benefit from. The naturally-derived and organic ingredients work synergistically to produce the perfect tanning finish that lasts longer. 

Moroccan Tan in Coco is an excellent tanning solution for sensitive skin. Using various application techniques, you can achieve a natural or dark-intense colour. 

For even zpplication, we recommend using a quality application mitt like the Vani-T bronzing mitt applicator. This velvety soft on both sides of the mitt guarantee professional, even and efficient application. 

  • For Greasy Skin

If you have oily skin, avoid self-tanning products that contain oil. Greasy skin and oil-based tanning solution isn’t exactly a match made in heaven. It’s best to choose self-tanning formulation with little to no amounts of oil-based ingredients. A self-tanning solution in mouse formula is more apt when tanning oily skin. 

Moroccan Tan Instant Exotic Mousse contains all the right ingredients to tan and soothe greasy skin. It features Dermal Lock and Colour Blending technologies that improves the tanning effect on oily skin. It contains nourishing and soothing ingredients such as rosehip to make sure your tan is kept intact while deeply hydrating your skin. If you’re after a silky-smooth, even tanning finish, this is the best self-tanning formula to apply on your skin. 

If you are self-tanning at home, a portable tent will facilitate fast and efficient tanning. A portable tent such as the Moroccan Tan Portable Tent will make the self-tanning process less messy, too. 

  • For Dry Skin 

Dry skin can be a challenge to achieve the perfect tan. You need to find a self-tanning solution with ultra-hydrating ingredients, including argan oil, coconut oil, and other moisturizing ingredients. We recommend using Naked Tan Exotic Solution. It contains 12% DHA that delivers a green-based colour that can develop up to 4 times darker. It features a combination of natural tanning ingredients with zero dangerous chemicals such as nanoparticles, parabens, SLS, sulphates, and alcohol that are typically found in other tanning solutions. 

To nourish dry skin after a tan and to make it stay on your skin longer, we recommend Moroccan Tan Tanning Lotion. It boasts Moroccan Tan’s signature technologies including Triple Moisture Lock and Colour Technology. With argan oil and triple enhanced bronzers to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin, you can enjoy your tan longer while improving the skin’s hydration levels. 

  • Choose the correct base colour

If you want your tan to stay longer on your skin, you need to choose the right base colour. Even if you have the right ingredients for your specific skin type, it needs to be in the correct shade, so the results don’t look fake or overdone. 

In essence, all colour bases are appropriate for all skin tones. There are companies that offer colour bases formulated for different skin types. In this way, you get the best of both worlds- the right formulation for your skin type while achieving the base colour that you prefer. 

Here is a guide of colour bases according to your natural skin complexion:

  • Violet-based tanning solutions are meant for medium to dark skin. This is also suitable for anyone who wants to have a deep summer tan, regardless of skin complexion. According to experts, violet and red-based tanning solutions look stunning on olive skin tones or those with fair complexion but tan easily. 
  • Dark ash-based tanning solutions will look gorgeous on light, medium, and dark skin complexions. If you desire a dark Brazilian goddess tan, we highly-recommend choosing ash-based colour bases. 
  • Caramel-based tanning products never go out of style as it suits all skin complexion types. If you want a natural bronzed effect, this is the colour base to go with. 
  • Green-based tanning solutions are also perfect for all skin types, as green has colour colour correcting properties, successfully cancelling our pink imperfections for those with fair skin. 

When choosing the right self-tanning product, it’s best to remember to go easy on application. Don’t go too dark to the point where you can’t even recognize yourself in the mirror. The goal is to achieve a natural bronzed effect, so make sure to set a realistic goal when tanning. Experts recommend tanning two to three shades darker than your natural skin colour. For those with darker complexion, going three to four shades darker is acceptable, whilst those with fair skin should limit the outcome to two to three shades darker only. 

Now that you have a clearer understanding on how to choose the perfect tanning product for your skin type and complexion, you may now confidently shop a tanning solution for summer. Beauty Warehouse offers an impressive selection of tanning solutions, kits, accessories, and equipment from some of the best brands on the market. We are your go-to source for quality but affordable beauty for commercial and personal use. You may check out our tanning collections in any of our shops located at Mortdale, Caringbah, Five Dock, Leumeah, and Wollongong. You may also reach our direct line on 1300 929 033 for enquiries.