Pre-tan: Scrub, Scrub, Scrub! February 04 2014

Everyone deserves to have a smooth, natural-looking tan!

I tell every one of our customers (including Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen and all of my other celebrity clients) to exfoliate before their spray tanning appointment. It’s the single-easiest way to prolong your tan and make your glow natural looking and gorgeous.

Think about it. You've seen and cringed a bit when color sticks in a bad way to a rough patch of skin, on someone’s elbows or heels. See, the smoother the skin, the smoother the tan!

The day of your spray tan appointment, lightly exfoliate your whole body with a nice scrub while in the shower. I like Kiehl’s (available here in Vegas at the Forum Shops, near the Joe’s Stone Crab entrance), which offers a gentle scrub in coriander (great for men, too), grapefruit, and lavender. When shopping, a practical rule of thumb is, less fragrance the better. And try to steer clear of anything with mineral oil.

Pay special attention to dry areas, but otherwise, just scrub away. You’ll be so glad you did. After your shower, try not to put a lot of lotion on. (Remember those elbows and heels -- color loves to stick to dry skin! We just want to make sure it's done in the right way.) But you don't want ashy skin either, or you'll end up uneven. So if you tend to be really dry, apply a light lotion, nothing oily or with shea butter. We love Cetaphil, available at almost any drug store.

Right before your appointment? Take off all makeup, to make sure your face gets nice and tan. You already wash it more than other parts of your body, so it has enough to overcome regarding keeping the tan longer.  Our secret weapon? Face Mate, by Australian Gold.

Then stroll into your appointment with confidence. You’re ready!