Like so many things in life – preparation is key. You should always prepare the skin for tanning and this means scrubbing away dead skin cells that will cause major problems for your new tan. Use a good really gritty scrub -such as St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Polish to scrub and buff away all that dead skin sitting on top first. This dead skin flakes off naturally anyway, but if you’ve just tanned it and then it flakes off you’re obviously going to be left with a lighter bit of skin below – creating that tell-tale patchy look.
By exfoliating well prior to self tanning, all this dead skin is taken clean off in the shower, leaving a nice fresh layer of skin ready to apply your self tan onto. Your tan will go on more easily, will appear a lot more even,  and also fade evenly. It’s so easy to exfoliate, just do it whilst you’re showering, then dry yourself down and apply the self tanner to dry skin for the best results.
Top Tip: You can also exfoliate gently every other day to help your tan fade more evenly over the course of 5-7 days. Of course, you may prefer to keep your tan going, in which case regularly exfoliating simply ensures you’re always tanning the top and freshest layer of your skin which will result in a lovely even-looking tan every time.