The Ultimate Guide on How to Apply & Remove Self-Tanners

When it comes to looking your best, skincare routines can often make all the difference. After all, there's a certain order in which you put on your makeup, just like there's probably a specific set of tasks you perform after the day is done to make sure your skin is clean. Chances are, the things you do in the shower, before bed, and while you're at work follow a pattern that you've carved out after doing the same thing over and over again.

But, how did you happen upon that routine in the first place? Did someone tell you the best way to take care of your body and skin, or did you figure it out by yourself along the way? Well, if you're wondering how to ensure your skin has the kind of glowy gorgeousness women around the world desire, you don't have to worry about experimenting with the right steps to apply and remove self-tanners because you've got Ópalens on your side. Lucky for you, we've put together this guide that'll help you get tan fast without the sun while keeping your skin healthy, and beautiful all year long.

How to Apply Self-Tanners

The process of applying self-tanners begins by ensuring the blank canvas onto which you're about to paint is properly primed (and by this we mean your radiant skin of course!).

Step #1: Prep the Skin

Shave and exfoliate your skin the day before you apply your self-tanner. Shaving obviously gets rid of surface-level things like hair, but the razor blade also contributes to the exfoliation of dead skin cells that live on the top layer. Be sure to exfoliate your entire body using a loofah and body scrub to wash the rest of the dead skin away and lay the foundation for a nice, smooth self tan. It is recommended to moisturize 24 hours prior to self-tanning, paying special attention to dry areas like the elbows, knees, feet, and hands.

Step #2: Apply the Self-Tanner

Apply one to two pumps of Ópalens self-tanning mousse per body part onto the self-tanning application mitt. Gently rub the tanning mitt in circular motions to ensure full coverage. After you've applied the self-tanner, wait until your skin's dry to the touch before getting dressed. The last thing you want to do is turn your favorite wardrobe items into tanned works of art that'll change color before your very eyes! The self-tanner color will develop instantly (on your body and elsewhere if you don't let it dry), but you should wait six to eight hours before showering for a flawless, golden tan.

Step #3: Show Off Your Ó Glow!

Show off your glowing skin! Enjoy the confidence that comes from having healthy, radiant skin that glows from head to toe!

How to Remove Self-Tanners

Once again, exfoliation is key to keeping your skin happy and healthy. Experiment with different ways of exfoliation until you find the method that works best for you. For example, try soaking in a warm bath for 10 to 15 minutes and then use exfoliating gloves or a loofah to gently massage the skin. This will remove the cells of the skin that were painted with the self-tanner. But, a warm shower can easily take the place of a bath if you're not a soak-in-suds kind of person.

How Does Self Tanner Work?

Self-tanning works when the organic DHA (a colorless sugar) reacts with dead cells on the skin's surface layer, temporarily darkening the skin. Well, at least, that's how normal self-tanners work, but ours works a little bit differently because we also offer skincare that's essential for more than a tan—it takes care of the layers beyond the surface.

Why Ópalens' Self-Tanning Mousse Stands Above the Rest

Ópalens' self-tanning mousse enables you to get a rich, golden tan without the harmful UV rays that come from the sun or tanning beds. Our self-tanning products penetrate the skin's barrier, giving it more of what it needs to keep it supple and soft. Our self-tanners include things like:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: An ingredient that helps promote plumper, softer, smoother skin.
  • Green Tea: Which helps fight the signs of aging by refreshing sun-damaged skin.
  • CBD: Known for soothing, calming, and revitalizing skin while boosting radiance.

Welcome to the world of Ópalens, where stunning CBD-infused foaming mousse redefines what it means for skin to be healthy, hydrated, and golden. Purchase your Ópalens self-tanning mousse today!


“I have always been very intimated by self tanners because of streaking and looking unnatural. Ópalens made it fool proof. The color is perfect, moisturizing, truly magic in a bottle!”

-Sharol Nuckolls