10 Self-Tanner Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

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2. Allow for proper time. Do not try to put self-tanner on two hours before hitting the pool. You won't see any color difference, and it will just wash off. Done properly, the entire ritual will take between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on how fast you get it down. Your tan will develop over the span of four to eight hours, so you should start the application process the day before you're beach-bound to achieve the best staying results and color.

3. Don't wear white or light colors the same day you apply your tan. The potential for transferring the tanner onto your white clothes is high, and if you sweat at all . . . fuhgedaboutit! Your clothes will look like tie-dye in a lovely shade of baby poo.

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