Before you start, make sure to choose a high quality product that has excellent reviews. Also, make sure it is made for your kind of skin. Some products work well with all skin types, but make sure to read the labels. For example, you may end up with a tan that is too dark or not dark enough.
Before application is the best time to shave your legs and other areas. Otherwise the cream may not be as effective. After you shave, use a good skin conditioner and wait several hours before using the sunless suntan cream.
Use a good skin exfoliant before you apply any cream to your body. You do not have to buy expensive products when a shower and brisk rubbing with a wash cloth is usually enough. You also may wish to buy a luffa or sponge. Exfoliation removes a great deal of skin cells that have died, and gives the sunless suntan product fresh new skin to work with.
After showering, give your skin time to completely dry. This makes the lotion easier to absorb. It is not a good idea to apply these products to the palms of your hands. The skin there is different from other skin and it may turn a funny color if you use sunless suntan products there. To prevent this from happening, use some kind of latex gloves or a special tanning mitt. If you have no gloves or mitt, you should wash your hands every few minutes.
Start to apply lotion on one area of your body at a time. For instance, you may wish to begin with the legs. Once you are finished with your legs, you can move on to the stomach. Places like knees and elbows may absorb lotions more readily, so you may need to use less in these parts. Also, check the label to see if the product is approved for your face.
Many users of sunless tanning products have good luck when they apply it like paint. In other words, try several thin applications. Wait about a day before you apply the next application. This gives you a chance to see how it is working. For first time users, try putting some cream on a small area of the body, for testing purposes.
After application, avoid any kind of contact for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Do not get dressed for an hour or so. This is not a good day to go swimming, as most products should be on the skin for a day before you get wet. Be sure to buy the best possible products (like ones that Sun Laboratories makes) for you skin.