The New Tanning Rules: A Guide to Self-Tanners
1. Start with smooth skin
Buff dry patches in the shower with an exfoliating glove or a non-oil-based scrub (try Bella Bronze Sea Kelp & White Volcanics Scrub, $18, bellabronze.com). "Oil leaves a residue that prevents even absorption, no matter how well you blend," says Anna Stankiewicz, a skincare therapist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City who specializes in airbrush tanning. After towel-drying, prep drier areas (such as knees, elbows, ankles, and knuckles) with a body moisturizer like The Healing Garden Energy Therapy Antioxidant Body Lotion, $16.75, drugstores. "Parts that don't have many oil glands tend to be dry and grab most of the color," explains Stankiewicz.
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