I have been self-tanning for nearly 20 years. I started back when "tan in a can" produced results like this:
Actually, at first I didn't even apply the stuff to my face. I was too scared of the results. I would only apply it to my neck upper body. So basically, I went through most of high school and college looking like this:
Lovely. Later, when the products improved somewhat, I did start to experiment with facial application. But it was tricky business. If you didn't apply it evenly, the results were less than ideal.
Now, nearly two decades later, I'm pretty comfortable with the whole thing. I rarely have any mishaps. But there was one time... a frightening, frightening time... when things went horribly awry.
It was late at night. I was lying in bed. My hands were dry.
I got up and stumbled to the bathroom. In the darkness, I groped around for the lotion. Where was it... Ouch! that was a brush. Toothpaste... toothbrush... strange unidentified object... aha! The lotion. I applied it liberally.
You know where this is headed. The "lotion" I thought I applied was actually sunless tanner.
It's a mistake that didn't look so good in the light of day.