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Exfoliating away dead, dull and dry skin cells prior to tanning will better prepare the skin to receive the tanner. You can use our specially designed Pre-Tan Primer or Exfoliating Mitt, but any exfoliating formula will work fine. Moisturising dry areas such as ankles, elbows and knees will also help to create a beautiful even glow! 

Hands and feet can be tricky! Firstly, make sure you've exfoliated and moisturised your whole body at least an hour before applying your tanning product. To tan these areas, just use whatever product is leftover on the Dual Tanning Mitt after you have finished your body application to brush over these tricky areas. Our Miracle Brush is also a great tool to use to buff and blend these areas for a flawless finish! 


We've got just the answer! Try our BRAND NEW Back Applicator for all those hard to reach places on your back:


1. Apply self-tanning product to the centre of the soft velvet back applicator

2. Hold either side of the applicator handles and glide the applicator smoothly over your back areas with a buffing motion.

3. Repeat another application (if required) until the whole back area has been evenly covered

We'd always advise that you prep and prime your skin with our Pre-Tan Primer before any tan application to ensure an even result. However, you can layer and top-up our tans to create a deeper result. Just make sure you moisturise daily after application to keep your tan looking tip top! 

Remember a tan lasts longer on hydrated skin! Most people find their Skinny Tan lasts up to 7 days and sometimes longer! For your longest lasting tan, we'd recommend moisturising daily after each shower to keep the skin hydrated and happy. Alternatively, to keep building your glow, we'd recommend using our moisturising Gradual Tanner


NOTE: Certain skincare, cleansers and chlorine will fade the tan quicker due to accelerated skin regeneration.

Yes, all Skinny Tan products are gentle enough to be used for a fabulous face tan! We recommend using a small amount of your self-tan product and blend onto the face using the Mitt or our Miracle Brush


NOTE: we would recommend carrying out a small patch test on the face before a full application as the skin on your face can be more sensitive than the rest of your body.

While your tan is still developing we don't recommend using perfumes or deodorants, as this will impact the colour result. Our self-tan should be applied to clean, dry skin (with the exception of a light moisturiser that can be applied to any dry patches beforehand). It's fine to use deodorants and perfumes after showering, however some products do contain ingredients that may dry the skin and cause your tan to fade faster than normal in those areas. 

Yes of course! Skinny Tan works by reacting with the aminos in your skin to give a lasting tan. However, like a real tan, it will fade faster in the sea or a pool as the chlorine and salt encourage a faster cell turnover. We would recommend just to do a light top up at the end of the day to keep your colour going.

Skinny Tan products dry super fast for minimal transfer, however if you do buy a product with a guide colour some residue may transfer if you're hot and sweaty. Don't worry, any transferred tan will be easily removed in the washing machine! If you want extra confidence, our Dry Mist Finishing Spray will help set your tan - or you could try one of our products that has no colour guide built in such as our Coconut Water Range.

We're sorry to hear this. Please contact customer service via email here: info@skinnytan.com. Just make sure to include your batch number along with where and when you purchased the product and they'll be able to assist you with a replacement. 

We don't offer product samples, however, you can try all products risk free with our 30 day money back guarantee when bought direct from our website. Any order can be returned to us (even if used) for a refund or exchange - that’s how sure we are that you’ll love our products!

We'd recommend carrying out a patch test 24 hours before applying the tan to the rest of your body. However, if you believe you've had an allergic reaction as a result of an ingredient in our product, please rinse immediately and consult your doctor. Please also immediately stop using the product. We ask you to email us, via info@skinnytan.com, so we can send you a form to complete and can investigate further. 

We have a huge range of tanning solutions designed for every level of expertise and skin tone! If you're new to tanning either a gradual tanner or mousse texture is a great place to start, as they're easy to apply and leave a colour result that's buildable. Make sure you pick a tan with a guide colour too, which helps you see where you're applying! 

Both are super lightweight and easy to use: the mousse is a light and airy texture, while the whip is a little more dense and smells delicious! The choice is yours.

Many of our tans are available in 'original' and 'dark' versions, so there's a darker option if you like a deeper glow. Our Wonder Serum Express, Moisture Mousse Express and Dark Choc Whip tanner are definitely our darkest result if you're after something that makes you look and feel like you've been on holiday!  

Yes, absolutely you can and you should! Once your tan has developed and you've rinsed off the initial guide colour, we advise to apply the SPF over the top to ensure you're fully protected from the sun's damaging UV rays. We also have our very own Protect and Glow range, which provides either SPF30 or SPF50 sun protection with a built-in gradual tan - so you can tan and glow safely!

We always advise you to use a mitt to help apply and buff our products, which will help eliminate streaking and reveal a uniform glow. If the tan starts to streak when applying, don’t worry - this is because you have a product with a colour guide built in, which will be washed away after developing to reveal a gorgeous streak-free result beneath. 

Our tans will fade as your skin cells shed naturally, and this can vary from person to person. To help speed up the process, you can take our Pre-Tan Primer and Exfoliating Mitt and gently buff away the old tan ready to start again!

We have a '30 day money back guarantee' on products bought direct from our website, because we're so confident you'll love your new Skinny Tan. If you're not happy for any reason, please contact our customer service team at: info@skinnytan.com

Returns are actioned within 14 days from the day they're recieved, and refunds take approximately 3-5 working business days to show once processed. You'll be refunded to the credit card or debit card originally used to pay.

Right now we only ship to the UK (Northern Ireland is included in the UK) due to shipping restrictions, but we hope this will change in the future!

We're super sorry to hear your order hasn't arrived. Please contact our customer services team on: info@skinnytan.com with your order details and they'll be able to assist you further.

We're sorry to hear your order hasn't arrived in the state we'd expect. Please send a photo of your delivery along with your order details to our customer services team on: info@skinnytan.com, and they'll be able to help.

We're sorry to hear you're not happy with your Skinny Tan product. You'll need to pop back to the store where you bought it and they'll be happy to assist you with a refund or exchange.

Our standard delivery is £3.99, and express is £8.99 (order before 12pm and receive your order within 48 hours!) However, delivery is FREE if you spend £40 or more!  All orders are processed and delivered on business days only (Monday–Friday, excluding bank holidays). Orders are shipped within 24 hours and will arrive on a fully tracked and insured service within 2-5 business days. 

Our standard delivery orders are shipped within 24 hours and will arrive on a fully tracked and insured service within 2-5 business days. If you choose express delivery at checkout, and order before 12pm, then you'll receive your order within 48 hours! Please visit our Delivery Information page for more info.

We are called Skinny Tan as just like your Skinny Cappuccino, our tans contain fewer 'nasties' - we use over 90% naturally derived ingredients and hydrating oils to keep your skin in great condition when you tan. 

Yes you can. We have a number of stockists avaliable to purchase from including most Boots and Superdrug stores!

Here at Skinny Tan, we are passionately Cruelty Free and Vegan Friendly and our sunscreens are ocean friendly.  We are Leaping Bunny Approved so you can be extra confident that choosing our brand means choosing cruelty free. 

We have five manufacturers, three of which are UK based. Our packaging lets you know which country our products are made, but the majority of Skinny Tan is manufactured in the UK. 

All products are shipped from our Warehouse in the UK.

Once opened, your product will last approximately twelve months. It's best if it is stored in a cool and dry place, out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.  For an unopened product, we recommend this is used within one year for best results. 

You can find the full list of product ingredients on the product page under the "ingredients" tab. You can also find them on our website here: https://www.skinnytan.co.uk/pages/ingredients

We don’t add any gluten into our formulations, however products may come into contact with gluten during the manufacturing process.

Skinny Tan does contain Almond Oil in a cosmetic and topical form. Skinny Tan may contain traces of nuts, we recommend you don't use if you're allergic.

The Glycerine in Skinny Tan does not contain Soya or Soybean and is derived from Rapeseed Oil.

Our products are all free from 'nasties' and made from up to 99% naturally derived ingredients; however, we'd always advise you check with your doctor before using.