How To Get The Best Results From Self-Tanner

No matter the season, self-tanner is fair game-no pun intended. Ensuring an even and realistic tan isn't impossible, but it does take some preparation and effort.

The rule of thumb is to apply self-tanner to well-exfoliated and moisturized skin to prevent streaking. Don't moisturize directly before tanner, however. Instead, moisturize for several days before-if skin is too slick, the tanner may not absorb properly. You'll also want to exfoliate for a few days before applying the tanner.

When applying self-tanner to your face, blend the formula into the hairline so there's no obvious demarcation line. Pull your hair back so you can see where your hairline starts.

The worst thing you can do is over-layer tanner, which can results in streaks and an orangey color. Instead, start off gradually and build color with additional layers, applying it evenly across the entire face and body.

The type of formulation you use can also determine whether or not you get optimum results. Here's a breakdown of the different types of self-tanner.

Creams: Quick to dry and the most common type of formula; however, they can streak easily.
Lotions: Easy to apply, but take the longest to dry because they need to be properly rubbed in.
Gels: Color develops quickly but can dry the skin.
Foams: Dry fast but are more difficult to apply.
Mists/Sprays: Best for more experienced self-tanners because it's hard to reach the back, shoulders and smaller areas.
Towelettes: Work well on the face and for touch-ups.

Which self-tanner has given you the best results? Leave your recommendation in a comment below.