With the winter weather not planning on leaving anytime soon, pale skin has become the common dilemma. While some of us may embrace the pale look, there are others who can’t stand the sight of it. If you happen to miss the appearance of sun kissed skin, then one of the best remedies is a simple fake tan. Unlike the fake tans of the past that consisted of getting inside a claustrophobic tanning bed, you can know apply fake tan in the comfort of your own home. With so many fake tanning creams, sprays and foams all available, getting golden skin is no longer difficult for the low maintenance gal.

If you’ve never applied fake tan alone before, then you’re going to need to know the basic how to’s. First and foremost, you’re going to want to exfoliate your skin before applying any sort of fake tan. Exfoliating ensures that the fake tan will apply evenly without spots or flakes and won’t simply be blocked by dead skin cells. The next step in your fake tan application is to use the right tools. A tanning mitt is a great way to evenly distribute the tanning cream without getting an overload of product buildup on your hands. The applicators make reaching hard to get areas much easier as well. Finally, after you’ve applied your fake tan, maintaining it is the next and possibly most important step. Keeping your skin hydrated will keep the fake tan from flaking away and turning spotty.