If one of your favorite parts of the summer season is being able to achieve a beautiful tan but you don’t want to lay out in the sun, have you ever considered getting a spray tan? It’s safe, it’s quick (one appointment usually takes no more than 15-20 minutes) and the results tend to last between 7-10 days.
If this sounds like something that you would like to at least give a try, there are plenty of tanning salons in your area that offer this particular service. Just make sure that you properly prepare beforehand and that you also know what you should do following your appointment. That way, your tan will remain even and natural-looking.
Here are five tips to help you to achieve a perfect spray tan:
Exfoliate. Whether you decide to go into the sun or to a tanning salon, something that you should definitely do first is exfoliate your skin. Being that it’s one of the most effective ways to remove surface dead skin cells, exfoliating is how you can ensure that your tan will be smooth and even. There are exfoliants that you can purchase in a department or drug store. However, there are also some that you can also make that are just as effective; plus they’re cheaper. For a list of recipes, visit All Women Stalk and put “exfoliant recipes” in the search field.
Don’t moisturize. After you finish taking a bath or showering, it’s customary to put on some lotion, baby oil or perhaps even some perfume. But these are things that you should actually not do in the hours leading up to your spray tan appointment. Not only do these kinds of moisturizers and fragrances lessen the potency of the tanning solution, but they can also prevent them from fully penetrating into your skin as well. Do take note that there is one part of your body that needs moisturizing and that would be your lips. By putting on a bit of lip balm, it will keep the tanning solution from staining your lips.
Wear loose clothing. If you’re wondering what you should wear to your spray tan appointment, it’s best to go with dark-colored, loose-fitting clothes (such as sweats). That way, you won’t have to worry about some of the solution rubbing off onto your clothing before it has time to fully get into your skin. Also, dark-colored clothes will keep you from worrying about the solution staining your clothing.
Avoid showering. If a distribution company like Spray Tan Solutions Direct were to run an article on their website about what you should do following an airbrush tan, one of the things that it would probably mention is that you should not be in the rush to shower once you get home. As a matter of fact, it’s actually best to wait about 12 hours after your appointment before getting into the bathtub and to also wait four hours before doing anything that would cause you to sweat. Water contact after a spray tan is a surefire way to hinder your tan from getting as dark as possible.
Then moisturize. After the 12-hour waiting period is over and you have taken a shower, you’ll then be ready to moisturize your skin. Not only will that help to make your skin glow, but it will also help your spray tan to evenly fade as the days go by. To find a tanning salon in your area that offers spray tanning services, go to your favorite search engine and put “tanning salon”, “spray tan” or “airbrush tan” along with your city and state in the search field.