Spray Tan Prep
Skin Prep Prior to your Tan:
We want your tan to be AMAZING and last!!
Your prep before we visit you is vital to your tan results.
Smooth and moisturized skin is the key!
This can be achieved by : Exfoliation and reducing dry skin areas
Exfoliation -Thoroughly exfoliate to remove any dead skin 24+ hours before your appointment. Areas to pay special attention to are the back of your neck, your elbows, the back of your hands, your knees, your ankles, the back of your heel and the tops of your feet.
Exfoliation Mitts - These are great if you have some existing fake tan to remove)
Body Scrubs - Just ensure that the granules are not to harsh - You do not want to irritate your skin. If the body scrub has oils in the formulation - you will need to cleanse the oils away
Dry Brushing - Great way to remove dead skin cells and great for your circulation
AHA or Enzyme based products - These use natural chemical to soften and remove dry skin - no need to rub but they can be pricey and some sensitive skins may react.
Do the exfoliation the day before your tank here to edit.
The skin needs to be moisturized and this needs to be done with water based products and not oily products
Oils will inhibit the tan from adhering to the skin and break the tan down on the skin if used post tan
Avoid oil products several days prior to and for the duration of your spray tan
Do not apply any moisturizer under 8 hours of the spray tan
You only need to remove the hair you would normally wax or shave.
No need to do areas that you usually leave hair on - eg arms or the tops of your legs
Waxing needs to be done 48 hours before a spray tan
Shaving the day before your tan
Ensure you have your manicure or pedicure the day before your tan.
If you have not had a mani or pedi before the tan - Consider wearing polish on your nails as the spray tan may stain your nails
This is a great way to minimize dry skin on the cuticles and finger joints and on your toes and heels
This is where dry skin can make your spray tan look darker - But we are very aware of this and take preventive measures in these regions too!
On the Day
If you have blonde hair - Make sure you securely tie it up high off your face and neck as the tan can stain blonde hair.
Please do not wear any deodorant, perfume, body lotion or makeup. (Most antiperspirants are water resistant so give your armpit area a really good wash to remove any remaining product on the skin.)
Products on the skin create barriers to the spray tan and the results will be an uneven tan.
After your tan has been applied:
Wear loose dark coloured clothing. Avoid wearing your bra for at least 4 hours and no socks!
Avoid getting wet
Water is the biggest enemy of a spray tan
Ensure that you stay dry after the session and wait till the tan has developed. Different tan brands will have different development times and will will give you different solution and brand options
Do not exercise after a spray tan. do not go for a swim after your spray tan and stay cool - Do not get sweaty
Exercise after you have had the first shower after your tan.
When it is finally shower time - Make it a quick coolish shower and use water only. No soaps or washes and do not wash your hair
Gently pat your skin dry - no rubbing.
When rinsing your tan off, have a very quick, water only shower. Avoid washing your hair and using any products, which will cause streaks in your tan.
The day after your tan start moisturizing your skin with water based lotions
Do not exfoliate after your tan
Avoid long hot baths, spa pools and swimming pools
By following these guidelines - you will have 7 to 10 days of being tanned