According to Evans, working in areas is absolutely critical when it comes to tanning waters, as there is no color guide to help you remember where you sprayed the product. “For example, from the knee to the ankle would be one part, then the thigh would be another,” she says. “If you’re not sure if you’ve covered an area, just go through that area again. It will not negatively affect growth, as the skin can only absorb a certain amount of product in one application.” She notes that you can never apply too much of a tan, but you can also apply too little, and this is what often leads to streaks and uneven tones.
If you’re applying a tanning lotion to your face, Von Hep encourages your skin to mist like you would a cleanser or toner. “For the hands and feet, run the tape over those areas and dab lightly using the product left over on the tape,” he says. Also, if you don’t have gloves, don’t worry — you can apply it with your hands, just make sure you rinse thoroughly afterwards, taking care to rub between your fingers.
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