How Do You Tan Your Skin?

To tan your skin, choose the right self-tanning product, exfoliate your skin and shave. Moisturize prior to tanning, and use tanning mitts to apply the self-tanner.

  1. Choose the right tanning product

    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.

  2. Exfoliate and shave 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.

  3. Apply moisturizer

    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.

  4. Apply the self-tanner using tanning mitts

    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.