Countdown To Summer: How To Apply Self-Tanner Like A Pro

"It's important to moisturize, but wait until it's fully absorbed into your skin," says Mitchell. "If the moisturizer is still damp, it will dilute the tanning product."
Bronzing products can get overwhelming—there are so many different formulas to choose from! There's gel, foam, powder, cream, mousse, sprays—the options seem endless. "It’s all a matter of personal preference, but it is much easier to work with a gel or cream to get the most control," says Mitchell.
"For hard-to-reach areas, a spray can be great to reach sections like the middle of your back," says Locke. "And don't be afraid to combine two different types of formulas, like a spray with a gel, to find what combo works best for your skin."

"You can absolutely use the same tanner for your face that you use on your body. Just make sure to avoid applying it to the nose, ears and eyebrows so blotchy patches don't appear. Or, you can blend the product into your regular moisturizer to guarantee an even glow," says Mitchell.

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"Use an exfoliator or salt scrub in the shower to remove the product," says Mitchell. "Soaking in a warm bath with baby oil can also do the trick," says Locke.

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This week marks the official first day of spring, which means it's almost finally time to dust off those skirts, shorts and cute little summery dresses. And while I feel more than ready to burn my collection of tights that I've been glumly wearing all winter, I've realized that during my legs' hibernation this season, they've reached a whole new level of crazy-pale. If you're in the same boat, don't worry—I turned to the experts to get their tips for giving your skin a sun-kissed glow—just in time to show it off during the warmer weather ahead. Click through above for all the tricks and tips for applying self-tanner in the most natural-looking way possible.

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