Easy AF At-Home Spray Tan

I’m baaaaack!! It’s been awhile since my last post… We have finally settled in to our new home in Austin after a crazy few weeks of packing, driving halfway across the country, unpacking and starting new jobs. Wah!

As y’all requested a few weeks back, I’m sharing my tips for the perfect at-home spray tan. Spray tanning at home is a dangerous game as so many things can go wrong — too orange, very splotchy, streaks and lines, etc. Sorry for anyone who saw me at my high school prom.

After ten years, I have finally mastered it. If you disagree, HMU with your tips 🙂 I usually do this once a week…

before and after

Here is what you need:

Jergen’s Natural Glow Instant Sun: This stuff is great because it’s a foam that you can see while you’re applying. You don’t have to wait hours for your tan plus if it’s streaky you can fix it in-the-moment before it dries. It comes in light bronze and deep bronze so you can choose what’s right for you. I usually do the light bronze in the winter because I’m pale and the deep bronze in the summer when my skin is already kinda tan. Its $11.99 at Target and less than $10 on Amazon if you’re a Prime kinda gal. I think it’s more expensive at CVS.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisture Repair: You actually can use any body lotion you want, but I wanted to throw this in here because this lotion is THE best. I used to have really itchy hives that I’d seen different doctors and allergists for. I never figured out what caused them, but this stuff immediately got rid of them. They sell this at most grocery and convenience stores. Just an FYI for any itchy girls out there.

My steps for success:


  1. Take a shower. Exfoliate and shave. If you have remnants of an old spray tan, scrub them off.
  2. Don’t put on deodorant (yet). This will block the spray tan from getting on your pits. We’ve all seen the girl with a spray tan with pale pits.
  3. Moisturize with your body lotion of choice. Please don’t skip this! If you immediately apply the spray tan after a shower, your skin will be dry and it will not evenly distribute.
  4. This is going to sound kind of annoying, but now you have to wait 15-20 mins. You want the lotion to soak into your skin so that it’s no longer sitting on top. If your lotion still feels sticky, don’t start yet.
  5. Make sure you are not wearing any jewelry (especially rings). Pull your hair back.


  1. Re-apply the body lotion to only your hands. This protects them from the dreaded orange circles between your fingers.
  2. Shake the bottle of Jergen’s before and throughout applying. This keeps the color even for every spray.
  3. Tips during application:
    • You will see the foam as you apply it so you can easily check for streaks.
    • Rub the foam in until it’s no longer on the surface of your skin and seems fully absorbed.
    • You can reapply a bit if needed at the end, but I wouldn’t recommend to continue reapplying much in one session as it may rub off.
    • Please do not put this on your face. I’ve tried it. You will break out. They make a separate one for the face, but I usually skip it and just use bronzer.
  4. Start with your limbs. I do two pumps of the foam for each section — calves, thighs, lower back/butt, upper back, stomach, chest/neck, shoulders and arms.
  5. When you apply to your calves, rub some of the foam down your ankles onto your feet. You don’t want a line at your ankle, but you also don’t need a full pump for your feet. Apply gradually down to your toes. Stop here — don’t rub it between your toes or on the bottoms of your feet.
  6. Pay close attention to your elbows and knees. These areas are prone to looking very orange if you use too much product so apply sparingly.
  7. Don’t forget your armpits/backs of arms! With your arm lifted, rub very evenly along the crease of where your arm lays against your side. Hence, armpit girl from earlier.
  8. When you’re finished, wash your hands immediately with soap and warm water. You can scrub your hands with a washcloth if needed. Make sure all the color is off of them. The water should rinse off brown into the sink.
  9. Because you don’t want a solid line around your wrists from washing your hands, here is my number one tip: Spray half a pump of the Jergen’s on the back of one of your hands. Now rub the backs of your hands together. While doing this, move only a bit of the foam onto your fingers. The, use the backs of your hands to move some of the foam onto your wrists. Don’t put the product on your palms.


  1. Put on loose clothes or walk around naked. If you put on white clothes, the tanning lotion will definitely get on them, but it washes out in the washer super easily.
  2. You can finally put on deodorant.
  3. I’d avoid washing your hands for a couple hours so that you don’t get the streaky hand affect that you’ve worked so hard to avoid.

At this point, you will already be looking tanner than before. After 4-6 hours, you will be GLOWING! Woooooh! Apply body lotion daily to make your tan last longer.

What are your tips for a perfect at-home spray tan? Comment below!

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