How to prep for the best spray tan results

When you take the time to get a spray tan, you want it to last the distance and look fabulous for as long possible. You could get the best spray tan in the world but without the right prep, you just won’t get the results you’re looking for. For truly glowing results, it’s all about the prep and today we’re looking at the best ways to prepare your body for your tan.

Scrub, scrub, scrub

Your spray tan colours the top layer of skin and you need to make sure your skin has been exfoliated so new, healthy skin is being treated. Exfoliating will not only get rid of dead skin cells, it will also clear your body of any dirt or debris which could block your spray tan. Start your exfoliating regime in the week leading up to your tan to leave a perfect, smooth canvas.

Slather on the moisturiser

Moisturising your body regularly in the week leading up to your tan will mean your skin is in the best condition possible for your appointment. Every evening, take the time to nourish your body and pay particular attention to dry areas such as elbows, hands, ankles and feet. It’s especially important to moisturise if exfoliating is making your skin dry as flaky skin doesn’t equal a good tan.

Hair removal ahead of time

If you’re planning to shave, wax or undergo any other hair removal, make sure you do it at least 24 hours before going in for your spray tan. This will give your pores times to close so your skin is ready to receive the tan. Also, if you leave hair removal until after your tan, you could accidentally remove your colour.

Leave your skin bare on the day

Although moisturising your skin is important in the lead up to your tan, keep your skin free of any moisturisers, perfume or deodorant on the day. Applying products to your skin can form a barrier which means the tanning product won’t penetrate properly so leave your skin bare before going in for your appointment.

Keep it loose and comfy

When you turn up for your tan, remember that you don’t need to dress to impress. Avoid tight clothing and wear something loose and comfortable so your tan won’t rub off. Your tan needs time to develop and you don’t want to get a great tan only to find that it’s rubbed off too soon. It’s also a good idea to wear dark coloured clothing – you don’t want to ruin your favourite white shirt.

Your very first shower

The most important step after your spray tan is the shower process. Shower quickly for approximately 60 seconds. Use plain water only, don’t use any shower gels, soap, scrubs, shampoos or loofer during the first 24 hours after your tan.

Drying after showers

Pat dry after your first shower, do not rub your skin. You can shower normally the next day or in 24 hours
 

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