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4 Steps to Applying Sunless Tanners Perfectly

For a glow timed perfectly to a special occasion, apply sunless tanner 48 hours in advance. Stick with a light but even layer; you can always add more later. “Moisturize daily and your tan may last up to a week,” says Sophie Evans, a tanning expert for St. Tropez.

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Step 1: Exfoliate

Slough away dead cells (and any old self-tanner) with an oil-free body scrub. Pay close attention to your elbows, knees, ankles, and heels.

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Step 2: Moisturize

Excess tanner grabs onto dry areas. Soften rough patches by spot-treating them with lotion; don’t forget the spaces between fingers and toes. Let dry.

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Step 3: Apply

Start with your arms, from shoulders to wrists. Cover your legs, from thighs to tops of feet. Optional: Give your torso, chest, and upper and lower back a swipe.

Step 4: Rinse

Wash your hands with soap to avoid darkly stained palms. Dry well. Add a dab of tanner to the backs of your hands; rub together to spread it from wrists to nails.