Things to know before you spray tan

by Tanning Fanatic on June 12, 2008

Since I see a lot of you liked our tanning info posts, let’s get another one together featuring a couple things you should know before you spray tan.

There are a few ways to get your sunless spray tan, rather it’s from a spray booth or having a professional spray you, both will leave you with a beautiful bronze glow almost instantly and can last for quite some time. Spray tans are very quick and convenient as well, only taking a couple minutes to complete instead of taking multiple trips to the tanning salon and lying in a bed for 20 minutes.

Before you decide to spray tan, there are a couple things you should know beforehand. A gentle exfoliating scrub will help remove dead skin cells and your top layer of skin, revealing a fresh layer that will absorb the DHA (dihydroxyacetone) from the spray tan a lot better. DHA is the main ingredient within the spray tan solution which literally dyes your skin to give you an all natural tan without the risks of UV lights. Also, make sure you are using a water based lotion as oil based lotions can clog your pores and the spray tan will not adhere properly. You will also want to wear dark colored, loose fitting clothing when you go to get your spray tan so that the dye will not rub off and ruin any of your clothes. It does takes some time for the dye solution to fully absorb and set into your skin, so do not shower or swim for at least a couple hours afterwards. Your local salon should be able to answer any questions you may have regarding this as their recommendations could differ from salon to salon.

When you’re spray tanning, be very careful with body parts such as; folds of skin, your hands and feet as well as your elbows and knees. These parts of your body will soak up more of the solution and your tan will become uneven and sometimes blotchy. Some salons will even give you a solution or cream that will block these areas from absorbing too much of the dye. Some salons may offer booties to cover the bottom of your feet from overspray – be sure to ask ahead of time.

If you’re getting a spray tan for a special occasion, it is recommended that you go a couple days ahead of your event to ensure that your spray tan has fully soaked in and set into your skin. You also do not want to spray tan too long ahead of your event because the tan may fade as it normally lasts 5-7 days for most people.

To achieve the best possible tan, please follow all instructions in the tanning booth or given by the trained associate who is spraying you. They will tell you how to stand and when to turn while in the booth so the spray tan solution is evenly distributed.

When your spray tan session is complete, do not dry yourself off by rubbing – gently pat your skin with a soft towel to ensure that there will be no streaking effect. There will be excess spray, so do not worry about the tan on the towel.

As I have stated above, it takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours for the spray tan to fully set before you can shower. Swimming pools and oceans will also decrease the life of your tan.

If you are new to spray tanning, you may want to try it out a week before your event to make sure you like it and it looks right. Every person is different and spray tan results may vary. Also, doing so a week ahead of your event will give you a good idea of how long it takes to set as well as lasts and then you can make your own adjustments to adjust for the best possible tan.

Spray tans can be a bit pricey over regular tanning but it’s quicker and a lot more convenient. Most salons charge anywhere from $15 up to $60 for one session and touch-ups can range about the same. Check with your local tanning salon regarding their packages and sunless tanning offers for more information.

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Spray tan brisbane February 19, 2009 at 4:01 am

read this thoroughly before you go for a tan it is what I tell my clients

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