Squeeze a small amount of gradual tan lotion onto your hands. Start applying the lotion in circular motions, working your way up. Remember to use a sparing amount on areas like knees, elbows, and ankles to avoid uneven color buildup.
When applying the lotion to areas like knees, elbows, and ankles, use a lighter touch and blend it in thoroughly. These areas tend to absorb more product and can appear darker if not applied with care.