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The One Mistake You’re Probably Making When Using Self-Tanner

Self-tanning takes some prep-work if you want it to turn out even and streak-free. The pre-tan routine goes as follows: exfoliate, shave (if you want to), let your skin dry, then apply your tanning product. You may want to avoid moisturizing right before rubbing in self-tanner, as the product won’t spread as evenly or penetrate the skin as deeply (meaning it won’t last as long). That being said, there are some areas on the body you may want to hydrate pre-tan application. This includes any areas that are prone to dryness or have more cracks and folds. The main regions to focus on? The hands, feet, elbows, and knees.

It’s crucial to apply lotion to these areas; otherwise, the tanning product may get caught up in the cracks and folds, creating darker spots in some areas and lighter patches in others. Applying lotion beforehand helps the product spread more evenly in difficult areas, like those mentioned, as well as if you’re dealing with dry skin all over. Just make sure to use a lotion that focuses solely on hydration, rather than one that folds in chemical exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs. Read: If you layer on an exfoliating lotion before you apply a self-tanner, there’s a chance it won’t go on evenly.

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