The best time to get a tan is when you are in the sun. This means either at home or while on vacation. Patting on some self-tanner before hitting the beach will make your skin darker, which can be an issue if you are visiting Bora Bora with pale skin! However, applying it afterwards will leave you with more gradual color that’s easier to blend into your skin tone without risk of orange spots. Keep in mind that there may be some initial staining so wear loose clothing and avoid wearing white clothes for two days post application to help minimize discoloration. Check out our guide for tips on how to maintain your tan after getting back from vacation here.