Plan Ahead Whether you want a faux glow for a special event, or you're trying to keep up the I-was-born-this-way bronzed glow charade all summer, you need to plan accordingly. Most self-tanning lotions, sprays and mousses take six to eight hours to develop and require you to avoid water and sweating throughout that duration. You also need to allow several minutes for the product to fully dry before getting dressed, so if you're in a hurry or plan to hit the gym, save your application for later.
You also want to make sure you're happy with the color and coverage before you walk out the door. Locke's quick advice: If you're going to the beach tomorrow, tan today, but if you're self-tanning for a big event, give yourself at least two to three days so you can increase the color, if desired, and fix any mistakes.
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