Sunless Spray Tanning Tips
Spray Tanning skin preparation
Before & After Sunless Spray Care
The key to a long lasting spray tan is proper skin preparation and after tan maintenance using products specifically formulated for spray tanning.
Before your tan session:
Exfoliate your skin while showering using a good exfoliating scrub and loufa.
Exfoliation removes dry, dull or aged skin cells which will ensure your skin is most receptive to the tanning solution during application, and that your tan will fade evenly afterwards.
We recommend if at home, that you exfoliate the day before your appointment to allow your skin’s natural oils to restore.
Any hair removal treatments such as shaving, waxing or use of depilatory creams, should also be performed the day before your appointment to avoid skin sensitization.
On the day of your appointment
Shower prior using a balanced skin wash. This will restore the pH balance of your skin to normal levels ensuring even color development of the tan.
After showering, do not apply any products to your skin such as moisturizer, deodorant, perfume or make-up, as any product residue on the skin will hinder the end tanning result.
Bring with you to your appointment; a brief dark colored bathing suit / underwear to wear during your appointment, or alternatively, we offer disposable underwear, so just inquire when booking.
If you prefer no tan lines, feel free to tan in your birthday suit. Also to your appointment, please wear dark colored loose fitting clothes to ensure your tan doesn’t rub off onto your clothing when you redress.
You will immediately notice a completely natural looking tan that will continue to develop over the next 1 to 4 hours.
For the next few hours it is important that you:
• Wear loose fitting clothing – tight clothes will rub off your tan and give you tan lines
• Do not touch your tan or body– you will end up with tan on your hands and they will look over tanned
• Stay in a cool climate so that you do not perspire excessively
• Avoid any water, rain, swimming, sauna or spas,- any water on your body will create tan streaks.
Once your tan has reached the color you desire, you can shower, normally between 8 to 24 hours.
When showering do not be concerned if some of the initial bronzer washes off, this is part of the tanning process and your skin will continue to tan.
When showering we recommend that you use a gentle body wash rather than normal soaps which can be abrasive which in turn reduces the lifespan of your tan.
Allowing your tan to last longer
After showing moisturize twice a day to keep your tan looking its best.
You can use your own moisturizer or tan extender specifically designed to extend the natural looking life of your tan.
Now that your tan has been applied, you can reasonably expect it to last for up to 5 to 7 days depending upon your skin type and providing you follow these instructions, where possible avoid:
• Long baths
• Hot spas
• Extended swimming sessions
• Any product that is designed to exfoliate your skin