Will Fake Tan Turn Me Orange?


October 31st, 2009 by Adore

Nobody wants skin that looks orange. A beautiful bronze or golden or brown colour, yes. But not orange, it just doesn’t look natural. And the good news is, you don’t have to.

Sunless tanning products have come a long way over the years and absolutely nobody should need to worry about their skin turning orange when using a self-tanner.

But a lot of you still worry about it. Perhaps you’ve had a bad experience in the past. With a random self-tanning product from the supermarket shelf maybe. Or you hadn’t prepared your skin. Or you wanted to be brown so badly that you went overboard with it.

And once your skin is orange, you can’t just rinse it off, you’ll have to wait several days for it to wear off. So we worry. We’re hesitant. And we don’t know who to believe. Plus we continue to see pictures of people with orange skin and hear horror stories about self-tanners that turn you orange.

OK – stop worrying! You really won’t turn orange. Just make sure you know what you’re doing. Here are some guidelines:

  • Only use high-quality self-tanning brand names that are used by professionals in the tanning industry and celebrities around the world. Adore Tanning only sells the best sunless tanning brands that have perfected their products through years of research and development. Their mix of quality ingredients will result in a natural looking tan.
  • Use the right tint for your natural skin colour. Many self-tanning products come in hues ranging from light to medium and dark. Use common sense. If you have very fair skin, don’t use the darkest colour self-tanner.
  • Prepare your skin. Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and use moisturiser to make your skin super smooth so the colour goes on evenly and you’ll avoid orange patches.
  • Apply the self-tanner with care. Don’t just slap it on here and there and hope for the best. Really aim for a thin, single and even layer of self-tanning product everywhere and apply it in circular motions. Don’t miss any spots and smooth or rub out any areas that may have got a bit more. If you use a tanning spray, try not to go over the same area twice.
  • Don’t use too much. Self-tanners take several hours to develop, so really wait it out to see the final result. You can use moisturiser or a tan extender on following days to prolong your tan but don’t apply a new layer of self-tanner every single day. Wait at least several days before you use the fake tan again.

Most people that look orange have used TOO MUCH self-tanner or applied it TOO OFTEN. So just make sure you don’t go overboard with the self-tanner, and if you follow the tips above, you’ll get a beautiful, healthy-looking, natural tan and definitely won’t look orange.

Do you have any other tips on how to get a perfect hue and not look orange? Please share them in the comments section below.