After hibernating all winter, you may be longing for that golden glowing skin. We all know the dangers of sunbathing, but spray tanning (also known as sunless airbrush tanning) is a great option for those wanting a safe and natural looking tan. If you carefully prepare ahead of time, your spray tan can last from 7-12 days.
Follow these tips for spray tanning to make sure you get the most natural and long lasting results.
* Do exfoliate! Removing dead skin cells helps the tan last longer and create an even color.
* Do shave legs (or wax, etc.) prior to the spray tan. Ensure that all wax remnants have been removed.
* Do use a very small amount of lotion to dry areas such as knees and elbows so that the area doesn’t get too dark. You can also add lotion to blond eyebrows and blond highlighted hair for added protection.
* Do wear loose clothing so that the tan can properly set afterwards. It will take approximately one hour before the spray is fully dry and you don’t want tight fitting clothes (including bras) to rub the color off.
* Do plan to avoid water, lotions, and sweating for 8-10 hours after your spray tan to avoid the color coming off too soon. The longer you wait, the better your tan will have time to fully develop and set!
* Do test out various spray tans well in advance of a special event to ensure you are achieving the color you want. Different spas use different formulas and techniques. Once you’ve decided what works for you, have the procedure done a day or two before the event itself.
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* Don’t use any products containing oils since it prevents the spray from being absorbed thoroughly.
* Don’t wear deodorant, lotions or makeup prior to the procedure. Some products will act as a barrier and deodorants can sometimes cause a discoloration when it comes into contact with the tanning solution.
* Don’t shave too soon after your spray tan. Shaving acts as an exfoliant and will remove some of the tan.
* Don’t shave/wax right before your spray tan IF your spray tan will be including a bronzer. Instead, shave a day or two in advance to avoid having the bronzer give a spotty look due to the open pores that shaving/waxing reveals.