Interested in a spray tan? Know how to prep your skin before a spray tan session? Want to know what to expect during your session? Do you need to know what to stay away from in order to prolong your tan?
Prepping your skin is very important to a long lasting spray tan because it is going to help extend the tan by removing any dead skin that may make your tan appear uneven.
How to prep before your airbrush tan
-Exfoliate your skin with a loofah 24 hours before your session.
-Shave desired areas
-Remove all make-up before your tan.
-Do not apply deodorant, perfumes, or lotions to skin prior to tanning.
-Do not wear jewelry that could cause uneven tanning.
-Wear old, dark undergarments, a thong, or a bathing suit to the session.
-Wear loose fitting, dark clothing after the session as a small amount of bronzer may rub off and be visible on light colored clothing. Avoid socks.
The Tanning Process
-It takes 3 hours for your tan to develop.
-While your tan develops, wear loose clothing.
-Avoid rubbing your face or other parts of the body.
-Avoid exercising and excessive perspiration.
-Do not shower, swim or get wet for at least 3 hours.
-Do not sit on or wear light colored materials.
-After 3 hours you must wash with water only! The initial bronzer will wash off leaving your skin with a natural looking tanned hue.
-Your second wash you can use non abrasive soaps and wash normally. Remember always pat dry with a towel. NEVER RUB! Friction is a spray tan KILLER!
-Your tan should last 5 to 7 days depending on your skin type.
-Keep your skin well hydrated with lotion to help prolong your tan.
Things to Avoid After Your Spray Tan
These products may or may not affect everyone equally. However, this is just a guideline of things to consider to help prevent a sunless tan from fading prematurely.
-Topical Skin Products and other Medications
-Anti-Acne and Anti-Aging products can exfoliate and dry the skin, causing it to fade.
-BHA products-Beta Hyrdoxy acids – salicylic acid
-AHA products-Alpha Hydroxy acids- glycolic, lactic, malic, citric, and tartaric acids – Retin-A
-Antibiotics and other medications that may affect your skin may also affect your tan
-Bar soaps with high pH levels, especially deodorant and antibacterial soaps
-Dove brand soap and body wash shower products
-Loofah, scrub brush, exfoliating gloves, or rough body cleansers when bathing or showering – instead use hands to gently cleanse skin
-Makeup remover and eye makeup remover oils
-Facial masks and exfoliating scrubs
-Biore-type adhesive facial strips and peel away masks
-Toners containing high amounts of alcohol or witch hazel – do not use if they are listed in the top 3 ingredients
-Curel brand lotions
-Hair inhibiting lotions, such as Jergens Shave Minimizing lotion
-Perfumes, body sprays, and bug sprays when sprayed directly on skin. Spray on clothes or into air and walk into the “cloud” of spray
-Shaving, Waxing, Bleaching
-Waxing or depilatory hair removal products – Nair, Veet, Neet, or any body hair-waxing product
-Dry skin causes the tan to fade faster – healthy moisturized skin tans best and lasts longer – moisturize twice daily and after showering with a heavy moisturizing cream
-Oily skin causes the tan to appear lighter – the oils can coat the skin preventing proper absorption of the DHA
-Swimming pools, hot tubs, and long hot baths or showers can fade your tan
-Band-Aids or adhesive tape applied to skin may “pull off” the color of your tan
-Excessive sweating from exercising may cause your tan to fade faster, particularly in body fold areas -arm bends, knee bends, cleavage, etc.