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How To Avoid The Smell From Self Tanner

If there is one beauty rule I swear by, it’s protecting your skin from the sun. I refuse to go a day without applying (and reapplying) sunscreen, while being mindful of the amount of time I spend in the sun. With that, I still crave the glow of a sunkissed tan. Fortunately, there are so many incredible tanning drops and creams now (if you haven’t already, take a peek at my Tanning Routine Blog). Now, I know I cannot be the only one who loves these, but is simultaneously, so over the funky smell of my skin post fake tan. If you can relate to this, do not stress! Experiencing a strange body odor after self tanner or spray tanning is super common. In today’s blog post, I am going to share my favorite tip for keeping the tan and losing the smell you might experience under the arms! 

Step 1: Apply a self tanner of your choice. I love Coola Face Drops for my face and St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse for my body! I have found these two to provide an even and natural glow. If you want a few other options, I have collected all my tanning essentials on my ShopMyShelf

Step 2: The next morning when the weird underarm odor has kicked in, apply a benzoyl peroxide cleanser of your choice to your armpit area. Two of my favorites are Jan Marini Benzoyl Peroxide  and Naturium Benzoyl Peroxide Cream Cleanser. Gently rub it in and then leave as is for about 60 seconds. 

Step 3: While the cleanser sits, feel free to continue your facial skin routine, brush your teeth, or truly anything else! Once you have waited a few moments, remove the cleanser gently and dab the armpit area dry!

Step 4: Apply a deodorant like normal and enjoy your tan!


Take a peek at my recent video on avoiding the smell of self-tanner for a visual step-by-step. I hope this helps! Stay tuned for more tips & tricks coming soon. For now, follow me on Tik Tok, Instagram, and Pinterest for your daily dose of beauty, skin, & hair content!

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