5 Simple Steps to Flawless Self-Tanning

Get a flawless glow with this advice on using self-tannersBy Woman's Day Staff

A Better Bronze
The darker your skin tone, the less you'll notice lumps and bumps. Try this step-by-step guide to fake an even glow. Photo by Thinkstock.

1. Exfoliate.
Use a scrub to slough off dead skin cells so tanner won't adhere to dry patches.

2. Moisturize.
Put on your body lotion and let dry. To skip this step, opt for a moisturizer that gradually tans skin, like Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer. $8.99; Amazon.com

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3. Swipe on.

Apply the tanner as you would a moisturizer.

4. Skip knees and ankles.
Products travel up to an inch due to your skin's natural oils, so avoid these areas, which absorb and darken quickly.

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5. Wash hands.

A bronzed palm will give you away!

Sheri Feldman, MD, Beverly Hills dermatologist. Kate McCarthy, glominerals national makeup artist. Ariel Ostad, MD, New York City dermatologist. Joshua Zeichner, MD, New York City dermatologist.

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