The quality of your spray tan is not only dependent on the solution you choose, it also has depends on how you treat your skin before and after your tanning session. Tanning solutions deposit colour agents into the top layers of your skin, so you should try to think of your body as a big blank canvas.
Any bumps and imperfections that break up the evenness of your canvas are going to show up in the finished paint job. Debris and dead skin cells that sometimes cover your pores make things even more complicated. In fact, they are often the culprits behind streaks, patches and other common tanning faux pas.
The good news is that all of these problems can be easily avoided with a few simple spray tan tips.
Spray Tan Tips for Before You Tan
- Thoroughly exfoliate your skin a day before your tanning session. Exfoliating is the most important step in preparing your skin for a spray tan because it removes dead skin cells, dirt and other debris that can create discolourations. Use Norvell’s gentle sunless exfoliator to polish and renew your skin without causing irritation.
- Apply a hydrating lotion all over your body after exfoliating to lock in moisture and create a smoother surface for your spray tan.
- Take care of any treatments that can dry out your skin or strip your colour. Waxing and shaving can be especially harsh, so they should always be done at a least a day in advance of your spray tan to give your skin plenty of time to recover.
- Wear loose-fitting, dark clothes to prevent smudging your freshly spray tanned skin.
- Protect your hairline. In addition to pulling your hair up or wearing a disposable hair net, apply a little bit of moisturiser to your hairline and any other areas where you want to prevent unnatural tan lines.
Aftercare Spray Tan Tips
- Wait until your skin is completely dry before getting dressed.
- Try to avoid excessive sweating or showering for at least eight hours. After your first shower, gently pat your skin dry and cover it with moisturiser.
- Use gradual tanning lotions regularly to extend your tan’s lifespan. Gradual tanners are moisturisers with a subtle hint of colour, so they are perfect for controlling your tan’s intensity. Try the rich Prolong sunless extender from Norvell to give your fading tan a radiant colour boost. Because a spray tan acts as a base, you can also use gradual tanners to deepen your colour if you feel that your results came out too light.
- Wear sunscreen. Most tanning solutions do not contain any SPF, so you still need to wear sunscreen on a daily basis.