The Golden-Brown Rule: Don't Go Cold Turkey Unlike other vices (think: going to bed with makeup on, chewing your fingernails) you can't simply stop applying self-tanner. Well, you can, but you'll end up a hot, splotchy mess. You know the look if you've ever gone too many days between applications. Areas where your clothing rubs a lot will get patchy and the pigment will start breaking up there first. And those spots show up in start contrast to drier areas of the skin, which hold on stubbornly to the color. Also, any astringent products like toners or citrus-based body products will lighten or remove the self-tanner unevenly. "When I've stripped self-tanner off many of my clients, they hate it. They feel fatter and pasty," says Evans. "Also, the idea is, no one should know your glow was not your own in the first place, so you have to allow it to gradually get lighter."
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