You don’t have to lay in the sun for hours to give your skin a little extra color. Grab a bottle of self tanner and head to the bathroom. Give yourself at least a half hour to apply the tanner correctly and avoid ugly streaks.
Before applying a tanning lotion, your skin needs to be clean. Take a shower and wash away all makeup, bronzers, and lotions. Then, do some deep cleaning. Use an exfoliating sponge to rub away dry, dead skin. Focus on your knees, elbows, heels, and anywhere you’ve noticed a patchy appearance from using a self tanner in the past. The streaked look is usually due to dry skin absorbing too much of the coloring, which makes it stand out against your healthy skin.
As soon as you step out of the shower, apply a skin moisturizer. Try an organic lotion free of artificial dyes or fragrances to avoid an skin irritation. Rub the lotion into your skin while it’s still damp from the shower. Your skin is more likely to absorb the moisturizer while your pores are dilated from the warm water of the shower. Don’t worry about getting the lotion to fully absorb. You want some of it to remain on the surface of your skin while you apply the self tanner.
Slip on a pair of latex gloves to avoid staining your hands. Rub the self tanner into your palms and start by applying it to your feet, then work your way up. Smooth the lotion over your toes, between them, and around the backs of your heels. Then work up to your ankles, calves, knees, and thighs. If you want tan lines, slip on a sexy bikini and work around the fabric as you add the tanning lotion to your torso. Or, go nude and get even, smooth coverage over your whole body. Next, work the self tanner over your arms and in your armpits. When it’s time to do your hands, remove the gloves and work the tanning lotion around your fingers. Use a damp wash cloth to wipe away any tanning lotion from your palms.
To avoid streaks, make sure your skin is moist when applying the tanning lotion. Keep applying moisturizing lotion as needed. Finally, finish the tanning process by using a self tanner specially formulated for facial skin.