Our Top Tips
A beautiful, bronzed complexion is the perfect way to add a touch of luxury to your look – and it’s easier than ever to achieve with today’s modern spray tanning products. But even the best spray tan can fade quickly if you don’t know how to take care of it.
With a few simple tips, you can prolong the life of your spray tan and keep your skin looking gorgeous for days, or even weeks! Read on for our top 6 tips to make your spray tan last longer than ever.
1) Exfoliate Before Your Appointment
Before your spray tan appointment, it is important that you exfoliate your skin to remove any dead skin cells or excess oils. This will ensure that the spray tan solution is able to penetrate the skin evenly, creating a more even, natural tan. Use a gentle body scrub, and pay extra attention to areas such as your elbows, knees, and heels – these areas often have thicker, tougher layers of skin that need more deep exfoliation for the best possible results.
2) Shave And Wax
Another key step before your spray tan appointment is to remove any hair from the areas that will be sprayed. This is because the solution may stick to the hairs and cause a patchy finish. Make sure to shave or wax any areas that will be sprayed 6-12 hours before your appointment. This will help to get rid of any traces of stubble or hairs which could affect the overall look of your spray tan.
3) Book your appointment for the right time
Timing is key when it comes to getting the most out of your spray tan. The best time to book your appointment is 24-48 hours before an event. This will give your skin enough time to absorb the spray tan solution, but not too much time that it will start to fade. Pro tip, the evening before is the perfect time to maximize the results of your spray tan!
4) Wear loose, dark clothing
After your spray tan, it’s important to wear loose, dark clothing to avoid rubbing off the solution or staining your clothes. To keep your tan looking fresh and even, wearing baggy and dark clothing after your appointment will help avoid friction and unnecessary abrasion against the skin as you move. Choose clothes that are easy to remove and avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes, which can rub against your skin and cause the tan to wear off unevenly.
5) Avoid water, sweating, and touching your skin
After you’ve gotten your spray tan, you’ll want to be extra careful with your skin. Make sure to avoid any activities that involve getting wet or sweating – such as swimming, exercising, and going to the sauna. Additionally, you should avoid touching your skin as much as possible – this includes scratching and rubbing.
Moisturizing your skin is key to your spray tan looking its best for as long as possible. After you’ve showered, use a moisturizing lotion that is specifically formulated for spray tanned skin. This will help to keep your skin nourished and hydrated and ensure that your tan is looking its best throughout the entire lifespan of your tan.
Maintaining your tan!
Depending on the type of solution used in your spray tan, your wait time to shower will vary. Your first shower after your spray tan should be using only water to wash the solution off your body. Moisturization is key to keep your skin hydrated, and to avoid any uneven fading of color. You should avoid exfoliating for the first couple days after your spray tan. Using a loofah, a bar of soap, or body scrubs after you have gotten a spray tan can cause your tan to fade. You should avoid swimming pools or hot tubs with chlorine for the first 24 hours after your spray tan to prevent it from fading.
With a few simple tips, you can ensure that your spray tan lasts as long as possible and keeps you looking your best. Exfoliating, shaving and waxing, booking your appointment at the right time, wearing loose, dark clothing, avoiding water and sweating, and moisturizing your skin are all key to making your spray tan look even, vibrant, and long lasting. Keep these tips in mind the next time you visit The Tanning Zone and your spray tan will look perfect for days!