How to overcome three common tanner problems? Try these tips and you’re golden.

By Sarah Smith
Updated April 17, 2008
Burcu Avsar
  • “I wind up with streaks.” Use a tinted tanner so you can see the color as soon as you apply it and avoid missing spots. And be sure to rub in the product with long strokes.
  • “My ankles look blotchy.” Moisturize your skin before putting on tanner. Dry skin (like that on the ankles) can soak up too much DHA.
  • “I can’t apply tanner to my back.” Ask a friend. Or try the Body Buddy ($25,, a nonabsorbent lotion applicator. Put tanner on the applicator, then wield it the same way you use a towel to dry your back.