With fast-acting formulas and an array of colours that can be customised to fit your unique complexion, spray tanning is a no-brainer alternative to spending hours baking in the sun’s harmful UV rays. For flawless results, the trick is to recreate a natural golden glow in the comfort of your own home or at the local salon.
Patches, streaks and bright orange skin may be notorious tanning disasters, but they can be very easily avoided with a few pro tips that even beginners can master.
- Make an appointment at a reputable tanning salon. While you can spray tan at home once you’ve gained experience, head to the salon if you’re still learning the basics. Besides using professional equipment, salon technicians can teach you everything you need to know about colour selection, application and maintenance.
- Shave and exfoliate the day before your session to turn your skin into a blank, perfectly polished canvas. This will help you achieve a longer-lasting colour.
- Don’t go too dark. Building a darker colour is a lot easier than removing fake tan. You can always deepen your spray tan with tan-enhancers and makeup. For guaranteed natural-looking colour, try an organic spray tan. Because organic spray tans use mild tanning agents, they deliver subtle results that imitate lightly sun-kissed skin. If you’re not sure which type or shade of spray tan to use, ask for a free colour consultation. Professional salon technicians are always happy to help clients find their perfect match.
- Use moituriser to cover areas where a tan would look unnatural. Your elbows, armpits, hairline, feet and palms are all places that the sun does not naturally reach when you’re tanning outdoors. Moisturiser is great for creating natural transitions between the darker and lighter areas of the body since it lightens results without blocking colour completely.
- Wear dark, loose-fitting clothes. Quality tanning solutions dry in a couple of minutes, but you should minimise the risk of rubbing off your fresh colour and staining your clothes by avoiding fabrics that sit too close to the skin or make you sweat.
- Go with naked skin. The chemicals in makeup, perfume or any oil-based products can block your tan or change its colour.
- Don’t shower until colour develops. Excessive moisture can strip your spray tan and create water lines. While eight hours is the minimum recommended amount of time you need to wait before showering, a full 24 hours is ideal. Sweating can cause the same problems, so you also want to avoid high-intensity exercise until your tan sets.
- Use a daily moisturiser to maintain a healthy glow and prevent uneven fading. To double the lifespan of your tan, use a gradual tanner in place of your moisturiser every other day.