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If you’ve ever been brave enough to embark on a DIY self-tanning excursion in the comfort of your own home, you may or may not have learned rather quickly that if you use your hands to apply the formula, they’re going to end up stained, orange, and downright unsightly (and yes, it’ll last just as long as the stuff on your body does too). Fortunately, you don’t have to risk looking like a botched science experiment to get a sunless, UV-free glow without dropping a fortune on in-salon spray tans thanks to the advent of self-tanning mitts that not only protect your hands, knuckles, nails, and cuticles from getting stained, but also helps the self-tanning formula glide on evenly for a more natural-looking result.
Of course, just like the quality of your self-tanning formula will play a major role in how your tan comes out, the quality of your mitt is also equally important to keep in mind as well. In general, opting for a mitt designed with a soft microfiber outer lining is ideal, because it allows the product to apply evenly and gives you a bit more room for bleeding problem areas like the knees and elbows. Ahead, we’ve outlined a few of our favorite self-tanning mitts to try out for yourself.
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1. Skinerals Padded Microfiber Applicator Self Tanning Mitt Set
This self-tanning mitt set not only includes a premium mitt applicator, but it also comes along with an exfoliating glove, which allows you to buff away dead skin for a longer-lasting result.
2. Norvell Sunless Self-Tanning Mitt
This easy-to-use self-tanning mitt allows you to buff and blend the formula for a super precise and natural-looking effect. Designed with machine-washable fabric, this handy mitt will make DIY faux-tanning so much easier.
3. Yvoier Self Tanning Mitt Applicator
Thanks to its elastic wrist band, this super-secure self-tanning mitt applicator stays put while you apply your formula allowing you to get even and customizable results.
4. Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Mitt
With this double-sided mitt, you’ll be able to apply self-tanner easily. You just put your self-tanner on the mitt and allow the mitt to smooth it over onto your skin, which will create a streak-free tan. Plus, you won’t have to deal with stained hands. The mitt is washable, so you can reuse it over and over again. Just make sure you let the mitt hang dry.
5. STEUGO Self Tanning Mitt Applicator
This tan-colored mitt is already the color of your tanning lotion, so you don’t need to worry about any stains. Your palm will be protected from the lotion, allowing you to focus on getting an even coat. You can use either side of the tanning mitt, which has a soft velvet outer layer. You don’t only have to use this mitt for lotion though, you could also use tanning oil, creams, mousses and sprays. It won’t seep through.
6. Bronze Tan Velvet Self Tanning Mitt
Made with hand-stitched microfiber, this mitt won’t absorb the tanning product you use and stain your hand. It’ll give you an even coating, so you can glow streak-free. Unlike most other tanning mitts, this pick is machine washable. We wouldn’t necessarily recommend throwing it in with your beloved clothes, but you could wash it separately, so you’re working with a clean mitt every time.