Self-tanning is a minefield. If you manage to remember to exfoliate, shave and moisturise at the right time, tan yourself relatively evenly and avoid the giveaway marks on your hands, there’s still the very large obstacle of your back to grapple with.
Short of doing the awkward jiggle dance trying to cover its surface area, if you don’t have anyone to ask it’s an impossible task.
Celebrity spray tanner James Read has bronzed pretty much every celebrity you can think of, including Lady Gaga, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Lily James. Ryan Reynolds (yes, Ryan Reynolds) also swears by his Instant Tanning Mist, $46. Safe to say he knows every trick and hack in the book.
His best one? How to make tanning your back much, much easier and it involves just three items - a tanning mitt, an elastic band and a wooden spoon.
Yes, the solution has been hanging out in your cutlery drawer all this time.
"A good little trick is to put a tanning mitt on a wooden spoon, wrap an elastic band around it and use it as your back applicator," he told Mamamia.
This allows you to still get the even coverage from the mitt while getting those hard to reach places.
Just remember to wash and put back in the drawer... or claim as your 'tanning spoon'.
Other little tricks in his book include always drinking with a straw to avoid washing away your tan around your mouth and ending up with a white top lip and avoiding cleaning your teeth straight away after you've tanned for the same reason.
"I've done that one myself a few times!" he jokes.