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The Beginner's Guide to Spray Tanning: Dos and Don'ts

Spray tanning is a popular and safe way to achieve a sun-kissed glow without the harmful effects of UV radiation. However, for beginners, it can be a daunting experience. With so many products, techniques, and tips out there, it's hard to know where to start. In this article, we'll provide a comprehensive guide on the dos and don'ts of spray tanning for beginners.

Do Exfoliate and Shave Before Your Spray Tan

One of the most important things you can do before a spray tan is to shave and exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating and shaving removes any unwanted hair and dead skin cells allowing the spray tan to adhere evenly to your skin. You can use a gentle scrub or an exfoliating mitt to exfoliate your entire body the day before your spray tan. IMPORTANT: Do not apply any lotion or products on your skin when you get out. It might be tempting if your skin tends to be dry but these products can act as a barrier between your skin and the spray tan, causing an uneven tan. Forgot to shave and exfoliate the day before? Don’t worry - just come to us as you are on the day of your tanning appointment and we’ll walk you through how to shave after the tan has developed.

Don't Wear Tight Clothing

On the day of your spray tan appointment, it's important to wear loose clothing and shoes that don’t make your feet hot - if the weather permits, flip-flops are your best friend! Pajamas, joggers, sweatshirts, and long-sleeved tees are what you’re looking for. Don’t wear yoga pants, jeans, shorts, or anything revealing - you want your skin to be covered but anything that’s too tight can rub and alter the final results from the tan. Also, keep in mind that the cosmetic bronzer in our sunless tanning solutions can transfer to light clothing (don’t worry it washes out) so dark colors are best.

Do Follow Your Airbrush Artist's Instructions

When you arrive for your spray tan appointment, your airbrush artist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your spray tan. It's important to follow these aftercare instructions carefully to ensure the best possible result. Some common instructions may include waiting a certain amount of time before showering or avoiding certain activities, such as swimming or sweating. And we’ll be sure to provide you with an Aftercare Guide in case you forget any of the instructions that we gave you.

Don't Shower Too Soon After Your Spray Tan

After your spray tan, it's important to wait the recommended amount of time before showering. This allows the spray tan to fully develop and ensures a longer-lasting result. Your airbrush artist will provide you with specific instructions on when you can shower and how to properly care for your spray tan. Showering too soon will result in a light or non-existent tan so resist the urge to hop in the shower.

Do Moisturize Your Skin

To maintain your spray tan and extend its longevity, it's important to moisturize your skin daily. This will help prevent your skin from drying out, which can cause the spray tan to fade more quickly and unevenly. Use a moisturizer that's free of harsh chemicals and fragrances to avoid any potential reactions. Not sure if what you have will work? Just ask us or pick up a body wash and moisturizer while you’re here!

Don't Overdo It

While it may be tempting to get a darker tan, it's important to remember that less is often more with spray tanning. Overdoing it can result in an unnatural or streaky look. If you're unsure about how dark to go, start with a lighter shade and gradually build up to your desired level of darkness. And rest assured that your artist will help you choose the perfect color!

Don't Hesitate to Ask Questions

If you're unsure about anything related to spray tanning, don't hesitate to ask your airbrush tan artist or give us a call ahead of time. We’re here to help and can provide you with valuable tips and advice to ensure the best possible result. It's always better to ask questions than to make assumptions and risk a less than perfect outcome. And we promise you, we’ve heard it all so no question is a stupid question.

Remember to follow these tips and tricks for the best possible spray tanning experience. Happy tanning!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Spray Tanning

Question: Is it absolutely necessary to exfoliate and shave before a spray tan session?

Yes, exfoliating and shaving help remove dead skin cells and hair which can affect how the tan takes to your skin. If you didn't manage to do this before your tanning session, don't worry! You can always ask your tanning expert for guidance on exfoliating and shaving after your session.

Question: What should I wear to a spray tan appointment?

Loose, comfortable clothing that isn't too revealing. Preferred items include Pajamas, joggers, sweatshirts and long-sleeved t-shirts. If possible, avoid tight clothes like yoga pants and jeans that can alter the tan.

Question: How long should I wait before showering after a spray tan?

This depends on the specific instructions from your airbrush artist. However, the general rule is to wait long enough for the tan to adequately develop.

Question: How can I extend the longevity of my tan?

Moisturizing daily is key. It aids in preventing your skin from drying out which can cause the tan to fade quickly.

Question: Can I go for a very dark tan on my first session?

It's recommended to start with a lighter shade and gradually build up to your preferred darkness to avoid unnatural, streaky outcomes.

Question: Why does the color of my clothes matter?

Answer: The bronzer in the tanning solution can transfer onto light clothing. It's not a permanent stain and will wash out, but dark clothes are recommended for convenience.

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