Take this critical first step
Don’t even think about applying self-tanner until you exfoliate. “Clients often ask me if this really makes a difference. Believe me, it does,” says Jules Von Hep, celebrity tanning expert and global tanning director at Tan-Luxe. Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells and excess dry skin and creates an even surface, which sets the stage for a uniform tan. Added bonus? Regular exfoliation helps combats dull skin. Try: Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub or Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish. Above all else, make sure you’re exfoliating safely—steer clear of these exfoliating habits that could do serious damage to your skin.
Tan after showering
Applying self-tanner after showering gets you a deeper, more hydrated glow, according to Von Hep. Skin is most hydrated after you take a shower, so products are able to penetrate better. Skin should be free of makeup, deodorant, and moisturizers. Pro top: Skip oil-based shower cream, as it can act as barrier to self-tanner absorption, which can lead to streaks. Don’t make these shower mistakes.