Change the Way You Exfoliate Before you bear down on a loofah with the grittiest body scrub you own, take a moment to consider the consequences. Exfoliation is important and should be done every few days when you're using a self-tanner, but to transition your tan to fall, use a gentler exfoliant. "A harsher exfoliator can rip and tear into your self tan and can make it patch," says Evans. Stay away from scrubs with extra rough particles like crushed up nutshells or any citrus-based products, and try a body polish like Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish ($65) or St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Polish ($18).
Use more liberally on areas that tend to get patchy like cleavage and the backs of your ankles, where sports bras, shoes, sweat, and rubbing in general wears away your tan unevenly. As your tan becomes more natural, you may have to use a rougher exfoliator around your armpits because this smooth, supple area holds on to self-tanner the longest, says Evans.
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