Before choosing an appropriate self-tanner, you need to know what sort of skin you have got. Self-tanners are available in the beauty stores for fair, medium and darker skins; hence, you have to choose the one which suites you the best. If you have got a very fair skin and you choose a self-tanner formulated for darker complexions, it won’t work well on you. Choose a self-tanner according to your existing complexion for better results.
Self-tanners do not work rapidly and you won’t see the difference right after a couple of days. You need to apply the self-tanner for at least 3 to 4 days before you can notice any visible difference. These products work gradually but you will get a natural-looking tan in the end.
Cleanse and prepare your skin for tanning before you apply a self-tanner to it. Any good quality non-oily exfoliating product should be used to remove any dead cells from the skin and make it smoother. This will allow the self-tanner to absorb deeply in the skin and improve results. Take shower after exfoliating your skin and then make sure to towel dry yourself before you start using the self-tanner.
Remove hair from your legs before applying the self-tanner to them. Shaving your legs is the best thing to do or if you want to wax them, do it several days before you begin your tanning process.
Apply the self-tanner evenly to your entire body and let it dry for 30 minutes. Do not wear clothes immediately or this will cause uneven tanning of your body. Once it is dried, you can wear the clothes.