Getting the application right is only one aspect of learning how to achieve the perfect faux tan. Final results almost always depend on what you do leading up to your tanning session and how you care for your colour after it develops.
Whether you use a tanning lotion at home or prefer booking professional spray tans at salons, committing the four must-do rules below to your memory can help you get flawless results with every application.
Since tanners work within the top layers of your skin, it helps to think of your body as a canvas. For even coverage and saturated colour, you need to start with a clean and well-polished foundation. That means making sure that your pH levels are balanced and exfoliating your skin to remove tanner blockers like dead skin cells and dirt. While exfoliators smooth out your skin’s surface for impeccable coverage, balancing pH levels prepares it to absorb colour evenly from within. To boost your results, use Norvell’s renewing exfoliator and pH-balancing spray from the brand’s pre-sunless range before you tan.
If you’re having problems with colour that looks off or has an orange tint, switch your body wash to Norvell’s pH-balancing shower cleanser. High pH levels can cause negative interactions between your skin and tanning lotion, so it’s important to keep them balanced at all times. In addition to using pH-balancing products, moisturise your skin every day before and after you tan to keep it silky smooth and extend the lifespan of your colour. For best results, use a lotion with 24-hour protection immediately after your daily shower to lock in maximum moisture.
To get a professional-quality tan, always go with high-end products. From at-home tanning lotion to salon airbrush solutions, it doesn’t matter what your go-to formula is as long as you stick to the best brands on the market. Unlike cheaper products, premium tanning solutions use ingredients that nourish your skin and work with your natural skin tone to produce a dramatic colour that flatters your complexion. High-end brands also offer a wider selection of organic tanners for sensitive skin types. If you prefer to use all-natural products or want to lower your environmental footprint, get your tanning fix with Norvell’s eco-friendly airbrush spray.
You’ve worked hard to get your colour just right, so how can you keep it from fading? If you prepped your skin the right way, maintenance should be a breeze. While your daily moisturiser will help prevent peeling, you can also protect your tan from fading by depositing colour back into your skin every other day with a gradual tanning lotion.