Sunless Secrets: Mastering the Art of Self-Tan

In a world where the sun-kissed glow is not always readily available, self-tanning has become a saviour for many of us seeking that radiant complexion without the harmful effects of UV exposure.

Whether you're a seasoned self-tanning pro or a complete newbie, mastering the art of self-tanning requires finesse, technique, and the right Crazy Angel products!

We’re delving into all you need to know to achieve a flawless, natural-looking tan from the comfort of your own home.

 The science behind self-tanning:

Self-tanning, also known as sunless tanning, involves applying products to the skin that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colourless sugar that interacts with the amino acids in the top layer of your skin to produce a tan. The result is a temporary bronze hue that typically lasts for several days before gradually fading away.

Self-tanning has a ton of amazing benefits:

  • It’s much safer than tanning in the sun or using a sun bed. Too much exposure to UV rays from the sun or artificial sources such as a sun bed will cause your skin to age prematurely, put you at risk of skin cancer and could damage your eyes.
  • With products like an express self-tan you’ll see results instantly! Perfect for last minute plans or impromptu nights out.
  • You’ll be able to customise your colour, going as light or as dark as you’d like, especially when using a gradual self-tan.
  • Natural self-tans, such as our Crazy Angel products, will nourish and hydrate your skin whilst giving you a healthy natural glow.

Preparation is key

Achieving a flawless self-tan starts with proper preparation. Begin by exfoliating your skin to remove dead cells and create a smooth canvas for applying your self-tan of choice. Focus on rough areas like elbows, knees, and ankles to prevent uneven colouration. Shaving or waxing should be done at least 24 hours before self-tanning to allow the skin's natural barrier to recover.

Crazy Angel Body Polish gently exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving the perfect base for you to apply your self-tan. Plus, the oil-free colour-correcting formula keeps yellow/orange tones in check!

Choosing the right self-tan product

Self-tanning products come in various formulations, including lotions, mousses and sprays. Select a product based on your skin type, desired finish, and application preference. For a natural-looking tan, opt for a shade that complements your skin tone rather than one that’s a lot darker.

Self-tan mousse

This is a staple when it comes to self-tan!

The colour guide in our our Self-Tan Mousse means application couldn’t be easier, in fact it can be done in just 3 steps:

  1. Pump mousse onto a tanning mitt and blend into skin in large circular motions
  2. Leave to develop for 4-6 hours
  3. Head into a shower to wash off excess tan and reveal your gorgeous glow!

Prefer a clear tan that won’t make a mess of your bed sheets and clothes? Try our Clear Self-Tan Mousse!

Self-tan water

Self-Tan Water is perfect for those that prefer a lightweight solution that’s super hydrating and won’t clog pores.

Our clear solution eliminates the risk of ruining your clothes and sheets. Plus the skin-loving Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C + E that enrich this self-tan water will nourish your skin, helping it retain moisture all whilst giving you a natural glowing tan.

Self-tan lotion

The classic Self-Tan Lotion has been a staple in beauty routines for decades!

Crazy Angel Self-Tan Lotion is super 

easy to apply and will deliver a natural looking tan in just 6 to 8 hours, all whilst nourishing your skin. Ingredients such as bearberry will lock in moisture and reduce oiliness.

Express Self-tan

Express Liquid Self-Tan is an absolute lifesaver for when you’re in a rush, creating a sun-kissed natural glow in just minutes and fully developing in just 2 to 4 hours!

Plus, we’ve formulated our Express Self-Tan to brighten your skin whilst reducing redness, so you’ll be glowing in no time.

Gradual Self-tan

If you’re looking for a natural buildable tan, this Gradual Self-Tan is the perfect solution for you.

Working as a moisturiser, our Gradual Self-Tan will gradually enhance your glow whilst keeping your skin well-hydrated and nourished!

Our moisturising formula is lightweight and designed to be applied daily so you can build up your radiance to your desired finish.

Other self-tan must-haves

It’s not just your typical self-tanning products that will help you to achieve a must-have glow, take a look at some of our other tanning favourites!

Self-tan body highlighter

Infused with vitamin E that protects and hydrates skin and caffeine to nourish and firm, our Self-Tan Body Highlighter helps you to achieve a dewy finish that will accentuate your glow.

Self-tan body foundation

Our Self-Tan Body Foundation is designed to help you achieve a glowing and even skintone. The lightweight formula is buildable, allowing you to achieve your perfect depth of colour and radiance.

Self-tanning drops

Tanning drops are a revolution for self-tan!

Our Self-Tanning Drops can be easily added to your daily skin care routine by mixing with your daily moisturiser to achieve a natural and buildable tan on both your body and your face.

Crazy Angel self-tanning drops are infused with hyaluronic acid that will hydrate your skin whilst leaving you with a natural looking tan.

Application techniques

 Mastering the art of application is crucial for achieving a streak-free tan! Start by applying a small amount of product to one area of the body at a time, blending it evenly using circular motions with a tanning mitt to avoid streaks. Pay attention to difficult areas like hands, feet, and ankles, using sparing amounts of product to prevent buildup in creases and joints.

Layering for intensity

 If you desire a deeper tan, layering is the key. Allow your first application to dry completely before applying additional layers to avoid patchiness. Remember to blend carefully and focus on achieving an even finish across the entire body.

Maintaining your self-tan

To prolong the life of your self-tan, moisturise regularly to keep your skin hydrated and prevent premature fading. Avoid activities that can cause excessive sweating or friction, as these can accelerate the tan's fading process. When it's time to remove your tan, exfoliate gently to reveal fresh skin, prepped for your next self-tanning application!

Trouble shooting tips

Even the most experienced self-tanners may encounter occasional mishaps. If you find yourself with streaks, blotches, or uneven colouration, don't panic. Use a gentle exfoliant to buff away any excess product and even out the tan. For stubborn areas, lemon juice or a specialised tan remover like Crazy Angel Self-Tan Remover to help fade the colour more quickly.


Self-tanning offers a safe and convenient way to achieve a sun-kissed glow year-round. By following these tips from our Crazy Angel experts and experimenting with different products and techniques, you can master the art of self-tanning and enjoy a radiant complexion without the risks associated with UV exposure. So, embrace your inner glow and embark on your journey to bronzed perfection!


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