For the best results, you’ll want to wait a full eight hours after applying to take a shower, swim laps, or break a sweat, says Sophie Evans, St. Tropez skin finishing expert. Which makes “tanning” at night ideal—the formula may even penetrate better in the p.m. “While you’re sleeping, your body temperature heats up and your pores open, allowing for maximum product development,” Evans says. Just be sure to apply at least 15 minutes before hitting your sheets to prevent ruining them as well as your color.
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The insider secrets to bronzed skin that’s free of streaks, splotches, and sunburn
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