Just spray, tug and smooth.
The same friend told me a bout this product.
I am not a huge on tanning beds, but I admit that I do go a few times in May to get a base started (or before a trip). The lotion they pawn off on you is outrageous, but you can pick this up at Wal-Mart. A large bottle is $8, but I didn't need that much, so I got a small bottle for $4. It beats paying $60-$80 for the stuff in the salon and it works just fine. I don't know if it would fit the needs of someone who tans a lot, but it is fine for the ocassional visitor.