Using a exfoliator is important not just to prepare your skin before applying self-tan, but also to help your tan fade evenly. Exfoliate 24 hours before tanning, this will remove any dead skin and also any excess self-tan. For optimum skin colour, I recommend exfoliating after three days – it will also prepare your skin for when you re-apply self-tan. A word to the wise though, don’t use exfoliators that contain oils, as these may stay on the skin and prevent your self-tan from developing properly. The new trend in the scrubs sector are ones which contain AHAs (fruit enzymes), as they are great to remove self tan and leave your skin feeling great. If ever you don’t have time to run out and get a scrub pre-tanning – fear not – make your own by mixing sugar, crushed sea salt and lemon juice together. Apply with warm water and then use a warm flannel or mitt and rub over the skin. Another alternative is the modest cleansing wipe – which is great to remove specific problem areas or stains. And now for my last parting tip on the matter… If your face is too dark put warm water into a bowl for 3 minutes, then put your head over it and place a towel over your head (as if you were steaming your pores), then place a small amount of exfoliator on a flannel and massage into your face.