How to Prepare for a Spray Tan
Posted on 21 July 2016
I know that spray tans have been around for years, but I’ve never done one, until recently. I’m pretty pale and plan on going away to Bermuda. Wanting to make sure that my pale skin didn’t cause the sun to reflect and blind someone, I decided to give it a try. With all of my girly preparations in place, I realized that there are many things that you should try to do before getting a spray tan that you may not even think of.
Get your waxing or shaving on:
If you’re planning on waxing or whatever your brand of hair removal may be, get it done before you get sprayed. The more you exfoliate your skin after a spray tan, the quicker it goes away. Believe it or not, shaving and pulling at your epidermis with wax is a form of exfoliating, so it’s best done before you get your tan on.
Mani & Pedi plan:
While I was preparing for my tan, I realized that I hadn’t gotten my mani/pedi yet. Now one of my favorite parts of my pedi is when the skin is exfoliated and moisturized, but that’s a huge no no once the spray tan goes on. Fortunately, this light bulb went off with enough time to run to the nail salon and get my nails on point.
The spray tan attaches to the top layer of your skin. The best way to get an amazing tan and extend the duration of color is to scrub yourself real good before you go. You eliminate the dead skin that’s just chillin’ there revealing fresh and ready to go skin that will hold on to that liquid bronze for a bit longer.
What to do after:
You need to avoid exfoliating after you’re finished. In fact, try to avoid using a washcloth, bath sponge, or loofah. Use your hands and soap and gently clean that beautiful skin. Also, when you get out of the bath, make sure to gently pat yourself dry. Rubbing yourself with the towel is a form of exfoliating.
Moisturizing is the best thing you can do (even if you’re not trying to maintain a spray tan). The more moist your skin is, the longer that tan will stay.
Avoid face scrubs, they, unfortunately, are a form of exfoliating. Since the spray is only on the top layer of skin, you want to preserve that as long as possible.
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