Build color gradually
Remember you can always deepen your color, but it’s nearly impossible to lighten it. Start with a light application, and build in depth each time you tan. Not only will you find and achieve your perfect shade, but it’ll improve your self-tanner skills. “After rinsing off, I repeat the [self-tan and shower] process again, letting the product sit for another four hours to lock in a rich, glowing tan that will last a week or two—depending on how often you shower, weather conditions, and workouts,” says Avendano. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that no matter how deep your faux glow, it won’t protect you against the sun’s harmful rays. For that you need SPF! These are the 13 sunscreens top dermatologists actually use.