One of the most common skin woes among Black women is hyperpigmentation. I, for one, have struggled with uneven skin tone on my body for YEARS. And treating it is no easy feat – it’s either laborious or costly, and there’s no in-between. So it’s no surprise that many beauties of colour are opting for more reasonable measures to minimise the look of dark spots on the body. And the most genius hack we’ve seen so far is through self-tanning mousses and liquids.
How does it work?
Unlike self-tanner on fairer skin, which ultimately darkens skin, when used on deep and richer complexions, it aids in creating a more harmonious skin colour. How exactly? By evening out the appearance of dark spots and patches caused by hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, keratosis pilaris and vitiligo. In addition to self-tanner’s skin-tone-balancing effects, it also leaves behind the dreamiest, tropical-island-like glow that NO liquid illuminator can replicate. Trust!
Tips from a tanning pro
Spray-tan stylist and founder of Gold Trim Tans Sabrina Johnson shares her expert insight for achieving a streak-free, pro-level glow in her viral TikTok below. Her top three tips?
- “Make sure you shave (if you want), then exfoliate the skin and wash off any product, lotion, deodorant or make-up before you begin.”
- “Set aside dark, baggy clothes as you’ll wear these for the next four hours while your self-tan develops before your first rinse.”
- “Apply self-tanner very lightly on the elbows and knees, as they don’t have to be as dark as the rest of your body.”