Whether you get a professional spray tan or self-tan there are tips and tricks that you can use to achieve the perfect glow and get long-lasting wear out of your sunless tan.
TIP 1: Get all your other beauty treatments done at least 1 day before you get a sunless tan. Manicures, pedicures, waxing and certain types of hair treatments (color, perms, hair straightening treatments, etc.) can remove a sunless tan and should be done before you spray tan or self-tan.
TIP 2: Exfoliating is super important before spray tanning or self-tanning. The color you see after a spray tan is only on the outer layer of the epidermis. The tan will develop more evenly and last longer if all the dead skin cells are removed prior to your sunless treatment.
TIP 3: Shower, shave and exfoliate at least 3 hours before you spray tan or self-tan. Do not use lotions, depilatories, oil-based exfoliating scrubs or moisturizing shave creams. Use a bar soap that doesn’t leave a film on the skin.
After you have exfoliated and shaved your pores are open and you have scrubbed off the naturally occurring Amino Acids that are necessary to get a perfect tan. By waiting you give your pores time to close and your skin to build up those necessary Amino Acids.
INSIDER TIP: Self-tanners should apply a little lotion on the dryer areas (elbows, knees, ankles, feet) directly after showering.
Tip 4: Customize your tanning. There are several different types of self-tanning products that give you the bronzed glow. If you get spray tanned tell your technician about your tanning goals. They can help you pick the right shade for you. If you self-tan there are drops, mousses, sprays and lotions available. Pick the one you feel most confident in applying. Self-tanners are designed to let you build a tan to your liking. If you want a deeper tan simply apply daily until you like what you see.
TIP 5: Application can be easy if you follow this rule. No matter what type of self-tanner you choose to use start your application process from the lower half of your body and work your way up. This way you don’t make creases in your tan.
TIP 6: After you have spray tanned or self-tanned wear loose clothing. Depending on the type of product used or spray tan received, it will take 8 to 12 hours for the tan to fully develop. During that time tight clothing can leave marks in your tan.
TIP 7: Avoid contact with moisture during development. No sweating or getting wet while the sunless tan is developing or you will end up with a streaky looking tan. Do not use lotions or other products that can damage your tan until after your first shower.
Tip 8: Whether you spray tan or self-tan hydration is the key to keeping your tan lasting. Drink plenty of water but also make sure to use a moisturizer daily. BEWARE not all lotions are good for a sunless tans. Oil-based lotions or lotions that contain petroleum and/or mineral oils will prematurely remove at sunless tan.
TIP 9: If you plan to go into the sun make sure to use plenty of spray application sunscreen. Do not use lotion sunscreen as it will remove the tan before your very eyes.