Make sure that you exfoliate your skin properly. This will remove dead cells from your skin and help the tanner to penetrate your skin properly. Dead cells on your skin can catch the tan product immediately resulting in uneven tan. Also ensure that you remove all your body hair before you apply tan. This will ensure that the skin pores are not blocked and the tanner can provide the maximum output.
Hydrate but make sure your skin is dry
Sounds conflicting but no, hydrating means nourishing your body cells (those are close to the skin surface) with enough water that they are not dry from inside. This is necessary because dry cells will quickly absorb the tan product and lead to dark patches. On the other hand, the skin must be completely dry on the surface. This means that you must wipe out any water on the skin surface. If water remains and you apply the tan product, it will lead to streaks, which will make you look funny. Self-tanners are not really water friendly. They should not be used in bathrooms that are steamy. They will not work properly.
Mixing with moisturizers
Self-tanners can work well in areas like keens and joints when they are mixed with some moisturizer. Keens, ankles and joints are generally the areas that are not very hydrated. Moisturizers mixed tanners are perfect for those areas because moisturizers will hydrate the cells in those areas and thereby allowing the tanners to work properly. In case you want a light shade all over the body, apply the moisturizer-tanner mixture all over your body instead of just the tanner.
No Immediate Shower
You must not go for immediate shower. The longer you wait the better it is because that will allow the tanner to work properly. If you are not planning a shower, don’t go to bed or put on clothing immediately either. The tanner needs time to work.