to hydrated skin is just one key element to long lasting color. Once you exfoliate, and if you feel that you need to moisturise your skin, use a water-based
moisturiser to ensure that the skin is free to absorb all the tanning product. If you use an oil-based moisturizer before self-tanning, the oil can sit on the skin, creating a barrier that can cause self-tanners to streak! One quick way to tell if your moisturizer is water or oil based –> look at the first ingredient listed on the label. Chances are it’s water (Aqua) or possibly aloe vera, but steer clear if the first ingredient is an oil of any kind. Salt, sugar, and diatomaceous earth scrubs are an excellent way to exfoliate – just make sure they are not sitting in heavy oils and do not leave a residue on the skin. An easy way to make sure there is no residue is to wash your body after exfoliating with a body wash!
Just before applying your tan
try applying extra moisturiser to the drier areas such as your knees, elbows, hands, feet and ankles. This will prevent the tan from grabbing in these drier areas.