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Like so many things, the best self-tanning results are achieved with planning and preparation. To avoid unexpected and/or suboptimal results, you might prefer to remove unwanted body hair. The same properties of self-tanner that will color your skin will also cling to your hair, so that tanning may appear darker than intended when applied over hair. Plan to remove unwanted hair a day before you want to apply your self-tanner, especially if you shave or wax to remove the unwanted hair. Allow skin to recover before using self-tan products. Note that shaving or waxing (particularly waxing) AFTER applying self-tanner will risk removing layers of tanned shin, which could also leave you blotchy. Also note that you should avoid getting tanning lotions or creams on hair that you want to keep, such as your eyebrows.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|