If you are interested in achieving a warm summer glow but don't want to spend hours sweating in the sun or in a tanning bed, apply one of the many high-quality self-tanners on the market today. However, first, you'll want to exfoliate the day before you apply self-tanner. Exfoliating your skin before applying self-tanner will help you reduce the chances of streaks appearing on your skin. Here are a few tips on exfoliating your skin before applying self-tanner.
Before you begin exfoliating, take inventory of your skin. To do this, take a close look at your skin, especially areas that may be rougher, such as your elbows, knees, and ankles. Rough patches of skin tend to become darker when using self-tanner. The rougher the skin is in areas, the more you'll need to concentrate on those patches when you exfoliate.
Soak In a Bathtub
Draw yourself a bath but don't turn on the ventilation fan. You want the bathroom to be somewhat steamy and warm. Relax for a bit in the tub. If you want to use a bubble bath or body wash, feel free. Also, make sure those rough areas you found earlier are immersed in the water. You can shave while you're soaking in the tub but do so as gently as possible. Drain the tub when you're ready to begin exfoliating.
Without drying off and while your bathroom is still steamy, begin applying the exfoliating body scrub according to the manufacturer's directions on the product's label. You can use an exfoliator mitt or a washcloth. Gently rub the exfoliator into your skin by using small circular motions and paying attention to the rough areas of your skin. When you're done exfoliating, rinse the exfoliator off in the shower.
Moisturize Your Skin
After you've rinsed off in the shower, pat your skin dry then apply an oil-free moisturizer. Oily products on your skin can cause your self-tanner to streak or appear splotchy when dry because the self-tanner won't be able to "bind" properly to your skin if it has a coating of oily residue.
If you shower the next day before you apply the self-tanner, be sure that the water is completely dried from your skin. Take inventory of your rough patches again before you apply self-tanner. If they still appear dry or rough, lightly dab a little bit of lightweight, non-oily moisturizer on those areas before applying self-tanner. Alternatively, exfoliate the rough areas once more before you apply the self-tanning product. Look for an exfoliating body scrub to help you with your process.