Using a self tanner product is a much healthier alternative to tanning beds or sunbathing as it means that exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays is not necessary. The formula of these tanning products have improved dramatically in recent years, and most will look natural when applied properly.
The main key to success whenever using a tanning lotion or cream is spreading the product evenly on the body so that it does not have dark or light areas. Additionally, the area on the body should be exfoliated first. This can ensure that the user will get a tan which is very even looking.
Always moisturize any areas which are dry and rough to increase the chances of success. This usually includes the elbows and knees. Exfoliating and moisturizing should begin several days before you plan to apply the lotion. Doing this will help the lotion adhere to the skin much easier.
Right before using the lotion, it's recommended to take a shower using a gentle body scrub. This will smooth out any rough areas and remove dead skin cells. Additionally, it's suggested to shave or wax the legs as well to be certain that they will be at their smoothest prior to the application.
When actually applying the product, always start in one area and apply on the skin as evenly as possible. Always try to avoid the fingers and toes as these areas do not tan very well. When finished, allow everything to dry thoroughly before touching any surface such as clothes or any other object. This process usually takes about an hour or so from start to finish.
Finally, after applying a self tanner always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. This will help you to avoid turning your palms an orange color. Also, it's recommended to test a small portion of the skin first.