August 19, 2016

Spray Tan Tips

I'm a proud member of the porcelain skin club. I gladly slather on sunscreen anytime I'm outside. Even if you aren't as fair as me sunscreen is a necessity! You've heard all the benefits before so I won't list them again. 

As much as I avoid the sun I still can appreciate a bronzey tan glow! Since I can't get that look on my own, I turn to spray tans. Whenever I have a special event or know I'll be taking a lot of pictures, I book myself a spray tan appointment. It has come a long way since the spray tan booth that Ross goes to (remember that Friends episode?) and comes out looking like a carrot. Now technicians use an airbrush to apply a realistic tan. Many places also have several different colors and darkness levels. 

Since I am really fair complected I always ask for a light tan. I also ask the spray tan technician to blend the color to help get rid of any tan lines I have. Don't be afraid to talk to the technician to make sure you get what you want.

As easy as the spray tan process is, you have to prepare for it. I've put together the tips and tricks I use to make sure I get the best tan possible and that it lasts for as long as possible.

Preparation Tips
  • Research spray tan places and ask people you know for recommendations. When I was looking for a new place to go my friends steered me to Caesar's Tan in Oklahoma City and I've been so happy with it. 
  • Use a light exfoliator all over your body the day before you tan. You want to soften any rough patches and get rid of dry skin. This will help your spray tan go on evenly. 
  • Do not put on any lotion, perfume or deodorant before getting a spray tan. They can create a barrier and the tanning formula won't adhere. If you can't shower right before bring a baby wipe or face towelette to wipe yourself off before. 
  • Shave the day of your spray tan. Shaving after your tan will take some of it off so I try to avoid it as long as possible. 
  • Make sure you have super loose dark clothing to change into after you get the tan. You don't want anything that will rub the tan off. If you wear underwear while getting the tan make sure it is some that you don't mind getting stained. 
  • Manicures and pedicures can take off the tanner so get them before you get your spray tan.
After Tips
  • Don't get your skin wet for at least 8 hours. This includes showering or sweating! I like to get spray tans in the evening and then shower the next morning. 
  • Keep your skin moisturized! I apply lotion twice a day starting after the first post tan shower.
  • Avoid hot water when showering and pat yourself dry. Don't rub!
  • Avoid face products that have exfoliators, salicylic acid or anything else that could take off the tan. 
  • Ask your technician for tips. Each formula needs to be treated differently so get the scoop on your particular spray tan formula.
What do you do to extend your spray tan? 

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