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Step 1: Exfoliate the Skin
Self-tanner develops a deeper color on dry or scaly patches, which can leave a splotchy finish. Carmindy recommends exfoliating with a handful of plain sugar on damp skin: "It's inexpensive and, unlike some scrubs, never leaves a greasy residue—which can repel self-tanner." Give the roughest areas (knees, elbows) the most attention.