These tips can help you get the best results from a self-tanning product. (1) Exfoliate. For a smooth tan, don’t forget to exfoliate your body from head to toe. (2) Hydrate. After exfoliating, apply a lightweight and oil-free moisturizer to hydrate all parts of your body. Don’t forget your knuckles, palms, cuticles, feet, and elbows. (3) Use a mitt or an application accessory for smooth and flawless coverage of your cosmetically applied tan. (4) Remove excess product with an oil-free makeup wipe and do not rinse unless the formula instructs you to do so.