Applying Eco Tan: the ultimate guide

Date Posted:18 February 2021 

Applying self-tanner can be difficult. You might miss patches; you might get streaks, or you might get an uneven finish. Using a high-quality tanner like those from Eco Tan can prevent all the above. But getting your technique right is still so important. This blog will ensure you achieve a smooth, even, and radiant tan every time.  


How to use Eco Tan 

Eco Tan is an Aussie Tanning brand that made Australian history as the first and only tanning brand to become certified organic by the Organic Food Chain under the Australian government. You can learn more about the different Eco Tan tanning products in our blog All you need to know about Eco Tan tanning products.


There are a few general guidelines when it comes to applying Eco Tan body-tanning products. Firstly, we recommend using the Eco Tan Luxurious Applicator Mitt. This mitt is designed to achieve professional tanning results every time. It doesn’t soak up too much of the product and it ensures an even application. Plus, you won’t need to worry about tan-stained hands.    


The best part? One side is for Eco Tan tanning waters such as Face Tan Water  and  Hempitan Body Water. And the other side is for Eco Tan certified organic creams and mousse such as Winter Skin,  Invisible Tan  &  Cacao Tanning Mousse 


Exfoliate and hydrate: for an even application we recommend exfoliating about 24-48 hours before you apply your tan. Using a gentle exfoliator like the Eco by Sonya Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub will remove dead skin cells and even the skin’s texture to help achieve a smooth tan application. This scrub is also great at removing old tan from the skin’s surface. 

For a serious exfoliation and/or to remove old tan use the Eco Tan Extreme Exfoliant Glove. This glove works great with the Eco by Sonya Pink Himalayan Salt. Together this duo provides your skin with deep exfoliation and lasting hydration. 

*Tip: Avoid exfoliating more than twice a week and closer than 24 hours to applying your tan, as the self-tanner needs some dead skin cells to cling to.  


The next key step to achieving an even tan is using a body moisturiser. Self-tanners can pick-up or sink into dry patches on the skin – especially areas like knees and elbows. Use an all-natural skin hydrator like the Eco by Sonya Coconut Body Milk. This nourishing lotion hydrates and relieves dehydrated skin to promote a radiant glow.  

*Tip: Apply Eco by Sonya Coconut Body Milk regularly to prolong the life of your tan.  

You can achieve an even tan and maintain it easily with Eco by Sonya’s Ultimate Scrub & Hydrate Pack. 


How to apply Eco Tan  

 For Eco Tan tanning products such Hempitan Body Water, Winter SkinInvisible Tan  &  Cacao Tanning Mousse.   

  1. Exfoliate 24–48 hours before tanning 

  1. Shake product well before use 

  1. Work in sections (ankles to knees, knees to hips, stomach, arms, back and neck area). 

  1. Use a few pumps on each section 

  1. Rub the product in using the Eco Tan Luxurious Applicator Mitt and broad circular motions 

  1. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each section of the body 

  1. Apply a generous amount – the more you apply the darker you go 

You can also watch this helpful video from Eco Tan which demonstrates the general application technique for non-water-based products:


Developing times for Eco Tan products  

For Eco Tan Hempitan Body Water: 

Leave the tan for 1 hour to settle, then wash off. The tan will continue to develop for 24 hours after washing off.  


For Eco Winter Skin

This is a gradual tanning lotion, meaning it will develop slowly and achieve a more subtle result – perfect for winter. Use over consecutive days to build tan to desire result. 


For Eco Tan Invisible Tan: 

This tan develops best overnight or for at least 8 hours.  


For Eco Tan Cacao Tanning Mousse: 

Leave on for 1 hour for a light coffee complexion or for 4 hours for a deeper bronze finish.  


How do I apply Face Tan Water to get the best results? 

For best results, we recommend you apply Face Tan Water  to clean, dry skin just like you would a toner. Use Face Tan Water instead of a toner, however, as applying another toner will remove the Face Tan Water. Use your fingers to apply, as a cotton wool pad can soak up too much of the product. There’s no need to worry about staining as Face Tan Water uses no harsh dyes, synthetic or artificial ingredients. Apply about half a teaspoon of product per application – enough to see a thin layer all over the face. Wait for the product to dry before applying your moisturiser and other products. Use Face Tan Water a few days in a row (2-3 days per week) for a gradual build-up and radiant glow.  

* Tip: use a soap and SLS free cleanser as these ingredients are known to strips tans. 


How long does Eco Tan last?  

Your tan should last between 7-10 days depending on how you look after it. We recommend you moisturise daily to prolong your tan. Using a gradual tanning moisturiser like Eco Tan’s Winter Skin is great as it will moisturise and enhance the colour of your tan for longer. If you don’t exfoliate properly before applying tan, it’s also more likely your tan will flake off as it fades – appearing uneven and blotchy.  




Eco Tan Invisible Tan For Medium To Olive Skin Tones (150 ml)

Delivers a beautiful, golden bronze glow in just one application



Eco Tan Winter Skin For Fair To Medium Skin Tones (200 ml)

Best gradual tanner that is perfect for your face & body



Eco Tan Face Tan Water For All Skin Tones (100 ml)

With hyaluronic acid, suitable for rosacea, eczema & acne sufferers



Eco Tan Extreme Exfoliant Glove

Can be used as a dry body buff, with body scrub or body wash



Eco Tan Cacao Firming Self Tanning Mousse For All Skin Tones (125 ml)

A luxurious deep bronze tan in just one application



Eco by Sonya Ultimate Scrub & Hydrate Pack

Scrub & hydrate without any toxins


10% OFF RRP $69.90

Eco Tan Hempitan Body Tan Water Dark For All Skin Tones (140 ml)

With hyaluronic acid to naturally boost the moisture in your skin



Eco Tan Luxurious Double Sided Tan Applicator Mitt

Ideal for Eco Tan tanning waters, lotions & mousse


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