The experts at Total Beauty suggest reading product reviews, and choosing a reputable brand of self-tanner. Test samples before applying a self-tanner to large sections of your skin.
Self-tanner should be applied to smooth skin to achieve an even look. Use an exfoliating scrub intended for use before self-tanning, and shave.
Dry skin rapidly absorbs self-tanner, creating an uneven tan. Moisturize the skin prior to self-tanning, focusing on the driest areas of the skin such as ankles, knees and elbows.
Slip on tanning mitts to protect your hands from becoming stained. Apply the self-tanner, beginning with your feet and working your way up the body with long, even stokes. Let the tanner dry before wearing clothes.