9 Great Tips To Perfect Your Spray Tanning

Once upon a time, the only way to get a tan was to spend a lot of time in the sun. Over the course of history, people from hot, tropical and sunny climates, such as the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Africa generally had darker tans than those from more cooler climates, such as in Canada, Northern Europe and Russia. This was purely down to the fact that people from these places spent time outdoors, working in the sun, meaning that their tans were more pronounced. This didn’t happen in cooler areas, because even if people worked outside, they still weren’t receiving as much sunlight, and so their tans were almost non existent.  

The History Of Tanning

Over the years, people from the less warm places began not to enjoy this way of doing things, and wanted to change it – so that they too could have a tan, despite the fact that they lived in places where a tan might not naturally occur. Initially the idea was to get as much exposure to the sun as possible, on the rare days where the sun was out where they lived they would hit the garden and get as much of a tan as they possibly could. Alternatively, after the introduction of global travel, people would head for the nearest hot place for their vacations and spend as much time as possible on the beach – to get as much of a tan as they possibly could. For many people this was not enough, a couple of weeks a year may have produced a decent tan for a while but it would fade away. So people started looking for a better way. That is how tanning beds were invented. Tanning beds could provide a year round tan, without the expense or short acting nature of going away on vacation to get a tan. Tanning bed uptake was huge, with hundreds of thousands of people using them weekly, and people began to get great tans, the like of which they had never got before in the places that they lived. Not everyone was happy with tanning beds though, as they were expensive, and there was some question about the safety of tanning beds. The exposure to UV radiation in extreme cases was though to be a contributing factor to skin cancer. So many people avoided sun beds but still wanted a tan. Fortunately, there was a method that they could use to get a natural, healthy looking tan, without any risk or having to travel anywhere. They are called spray tans.  

The Benefits Of Spray Tanning Over Other Methods

Spray tans appeal to many people for quite a few reasons:  
  • Results are almost instant, once the tan has been sprayed onto you, it is on you and you will look noticeably more tanned from the second that you leave the tanning salon. Much quicker than any other method of getting a tan.
  • It is much safer than any other tanning method. With both tanning outside and tanning via a tanning bed, you are exposing your body to a lot of UV radiation. Outside you should use as much sun screen as you can for protection but people don’t do that indoors at tanning salons. Therefore they are receiving large doses of UV radiation. Which can cause damage to the skin, causing it to age prematurely and even in some extreme cases, give you skin cancer. With spray tanning, this isn’t an issue. The spray tan is essentially harmless, it can’t give you any diseases and it won’t damage your skin. Making it the ideal tanning choice for those health conscious people who are concerned about the other methods of tanning.
  • With spray tanning, you can decide exactly how tanned you want your skin to look. Whether you want just a light tan, or something darker. You can pick the shade that you want your tan to be, and that is how you will look. With other methods of tanning this isn’t possible. While you can try and control how much exposure your skin gets, you can’t be accurate and every persons skin will react differently to the UV radiation from the sun or tanning bed, meaning that you can never truly control your tan. Use spray tanning and you can look exactly how you want to look.

Spray Tanning Tips

So if you’ve decided that either spending a lot of time in the sun, or time on a sun bed is not for you. Due to safety reasons, that you want to control your tan, or you just prefer the simplicity of using a spray tanning machine, where you can be in and out in a short amount of time and have the tan that you want. Then read on for some fantastic tips, so that you can make the most of your spray tanning experience – and get the tan that you always wanted.  

1) Exfoliate Before You Get The Spray Tan Done

Exfoliate To ensure that the spray tan has the most effect on your skin, you need to ensure that you exfoliate the skin before you hit the spray tanning place. This will clean your skin and reduce the oils, making it easier for the spray tan to stick to your skin and achieve the desired effect that you want. Make sure that you use a water based exfoliate. If you don’t want to buy an exfoliate, then get salt or sugar based scrub, or a wash cloth and scrub your skin with that. You should also make sure that you exfoliate with an exfoliant that is not overly oily. Essential oils are OK, but avoid options that make your skin too oily.  

2) Don’t Wear Any Jewelry & Remove All Watches

Jewelry The last thing you want is gaps in your tan, and if you accidentally leave your watch on, or maybe a bracelet, or probably the easiest thing to forget – a necklace, then you are going to have a noticeably large gap in your tan, which you really don’t want. So make sure that you remove any jewelry and watches before you step into the spray tanning booth.  

3) Wax Or Shave Before You Get A Spray Tan

shave Around 24 hours before you get a spray tan, you should shave or wax the various parts of your body that you would usually shave or wax, for example legs, armpits etc. This is because it removes any hair that might get in the way of the tan getting onto your skin. But also, and this is the reason you do it 24 hours before, your hair follicles have a chance to close up before you get your spray tan, meaning that they won’t absorb any of the spray tanning liquid that was meant for your skin.  

4) Moisturize Your Skin Before You Get The Spray Tan

Make sure that before you head to the tanning salon to get your spray tan you fully moisturize your skin. Make sure to moisturize all the parts of the skin that the spray tan will cover, and make sure that you do it thoroughly so that all parts of the skin are covered. This is because moisturized skin will find it a lot easier to absorb the spray tan solution than dried out skin. This means that your tan will look much better than if you didn’t moisturize before you went to the tanning salon.

5) Brush Your Teeth Before You Spray Tan

teeth-brush This one may sound a little strange, but there is logic behind it.We all know that there are drippings when you brush your teeth, and what you don’t want it a dripping to accidentally hit the freshly spray tanned skin before you it has a chance to fully dry. Make sure you brush your teeth before your spray tan so you don’t have any unfortunate accidents and ruin your fresh spray tan. Give it a decent amount of time to dry after you have completed your spray tan.  

6) Wear Baggy Clothes To The Tanning Salon

hoodie It may not sound like the fashion style that you are going for, especially if you are the type of person who likes to look fashionable and stylish all the time. But wearing some baggy clothes (for example a hoodie, baggy t shirt or baggy pyjama style pants), is the best thing you can do for your spray tan. Remember that after you have had the spray tan you have to get back in your clothes relatively quickly, before it has a had a good chance to dry properly. If you are wearing tight clothes then there is a good chance that you will end up smudging the spray tan before it has had a chance to fully set. Thus defeating the purpose of going to the tanning salon anyway, as nobody is going to like the look of a smudged and botched spray tan. So make sure you wear those baggy clothes to avoid that.  

7) Avoid Taking A Bath Or Shower Soon After Your Spray Tan

shower-after-tan The worst thing you could do after you get home from getting a spray tan, is to get in the shower, or take a bath. If you take a bath or shower shortly after getting a spray tan you risk washing off some of the spray tan that has just been applied to your skin. You should avoid the shower for 8-10 hours after you have gotten a spray tan, and even then you should keep your showers to short lengths and try to keep the heat down, as too hot showers can reduce the effectiveness of the spray tan. With baths you should wait even longer, at least overnight. Once again, for the first day or two after a spray tan you should keep the bath length to a minimum and not make it too hot. If you leave it long enough then the spray tan has enough time to react to the amino acids within your skin and the tan will end up much better than it would if you took a shower immediately after the spray tan.  

8) Avoid Dogs Immediately After Spray Tanning

puppies Dogs adore the taste of the spray tanning spray, it is incredibly tasty to them. But it will be bad for both you and the dog if you allow the dog to lick your skin within a day or two of getting a spray tan. For the dog, the chemicals contained within the spray tan will not react well with them, and for you, you will be left with a large white mark where the dog has licked.  

9) Things To Avoid If You Have A Spray Tan

You should avoid all of the following things while you have a spray tan, as using them risks removing the tan from you prematurely and leaving you with white marks and blotches and your skin, that won’t look good at all. These are the things you should avoid:
  • Band Aids
  • Pore Strips
  • Anti Aging Cream
  • Anti Spot Cream
  • Shaving Cream
  • Hair Removal Cream
  • Face Masks
If you avoid all of these things you significantly reduce the chances that you will accidentally destroy your tan.

Spray Tanning Is Still A Great & Safe Way Of Getting A Tan

As long as you follow all of these tips and are sensible, spray tanning is a safe and effective way of getting a tan. It is extremely easy – you simply turn up to the tanning salon, step into the booth and five minutes later you have the makings of a great tan – it is as simple as that. It is also safe, no chance of harmful UV radiation here, simply a liquid spray that will turn your skin to a slightly tanned color, exactly what you want. You also don’t have to attend three times a week like you would with a tanning bed, or be out every day to get a decent tan, like you would with sunbathing in the normal sun.

Spray tanning is simply the easiest, and best way of getting a tan quickly, safely and simply.


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  • I have a wedding to attend Saturday and have a massage scheduled for Friday at 10 which I believe have essential oils and basic massage oil. I wanted to do a spray tan before I headed out of town but was worried about oils blocking spray tan. Wondering if their basic rub down with wet towemd or if shower, shaving, and exfoliating prior (suggested at my tanning salon) was best. Thoughts?

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