Just Say No To Splotchy Tans
Besides looking unflattering, uneven tans are dead giveaway that your glow came from a bottle. To get evenly golden, you have to exfoliate regularly. Don’t go overboard and rub your skin raw (if you’re turning red, ease up), but using a good scrub will prep your skin nicely so the tanner goes on looking natural. For added oomph, you can pair the scrub with exfoliating gloves if your skin is really dry.
Dry, porous skin sucks up self-tanner like crazy, which is why you often see people wandering around with dark spots in certain troublemaking areas. Avoid over-saturation by smoothing a thin layer of lotion on knees, elbows, toes, hands, wrists and ankles, before applying tanner. These areas will still tan, but the lotion will help them absorb at the same rate as the rest of your skin.
Orange Palms = A Huge No-No
My [tanning] world changed once I discovered these mitts. They seriously make all the difference if you want an even application without having oddly colored palms – and who doesn’t want that? If you don’t use a mitt I would suggest wearing gloves for this step. If you “oops” and end up with Oompa Loompa hands, a tan remover can help.
You Glow, Girl
I personally like tanning mousses, but it’s up to you and your preferences – lotions and sprays work just as well. For this last step I wear my trusty tanning mitt, squeeze on a dollop of mousse (about silver dollar size) and work on one area at a time.
Look for a product that has a built-in bronzer, which helps you see if any spots have been missed. Plus if you’re impatient like me and want to look tan RIGHT NOW, it will give you a glow while you wait for the tanner to develop.