Many people want to stay away from the harmful effects of tanning in the sun or using tanning salons and turn instead to spray tan. Spray tan lotions can produce beautiful self-tanning results and it is essential that it is done correctly to achieve the best results.
The process of gaining a wonderful bronze tan that will last for a long time can seem extreme and bewildering at first and it may take a few tries to get it right but once you have mastered the art of using spray tan the process will become quick and easy and you will achieve amazing results.
The following is a guide that will help you achieve the best possible results from using spray tan:
Before You Tan
Before you apply the tan try and gather the following items which will all help to make the tanning process much easier and maximize your results:
The right spray tan for you – It is important to choose the correct spray tan that will achieve the results you desire and work with your skin type
Exfoliating Scrub – If you use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells prior to using a spray tan it will help to achieve a more beautiful and even tan
Hair Tie – Use this to keep tie your hair up and ensure it doesn’t get in the way
Vaseline – A nice trick is to put some Vaseline on your eyebrows to protect them from the tanning spray
Tissue – Make sure it is a good strong tissue and doesn’t easily fall apart
Sponge – This is to help even the spray tan in those hard to reach places
Mirror – Helps you see what you are doing!
Blow Dryer – Using a blow dryer can help speed up the drying time of the spray tan
Time – It is best to ensure you have plenty of time when applying a spray tan. Make sure you leave yourself at least an hour so you can concentrate on the task at hand and achieve the best results. Trying to rush a spray tan will lead to an uneven and ugly tan
Top Tips When Using Spray Tan
When you decide to tan it is best to shave any areas where you don’t want hair at least an hour beforehand. For women this may mean shaving your legs, bikini area and armpits and for men it may mean shaving your chest and face.
Using an exfoliating cream before applying your tan can help lead to excellent results. If you regularly use exfoliator than you should already be able to achieve an even tan but if not then it is best to exfoliate directly after shaving and around an hour before applying the spray tan. There are plenty of exfoliating products available on the market and it is best to use it when using the bath or shower. By doing this you will remove all those dead skin cells and leave yourself feeling fresh and clean.
There is no point applying spray tan to skin that is wet as it will lead to streaking. Ensure your skin is dry and there is no moisture in the air of the room you are using to apply the spray tan. It is also important to stay away from water up to two hours after application
Use some Vaseline on your eyebrows before beginning the tanning process. This is an excellent trick that will help keep your eyebrows natural in color and help to protect them.
Using moisturizer before tanning is a matter of preference but if you have dry or damaged skin it is highly advisable to apply some moisturizer beforehand, especially if the spray tan doesn’t contain any moisturizing qualities.
When beginning the process, ensure you have gloves on to protect your hand and nails and stop them from turning a nasty color.
Applying the tan to your head first is the best way to begin, make sure you have your eyes closed when using the spray tan on your face and try not to breathe when spraying.
After this apply the spray tan to the lower part of your body, ensuring that you take care when spraying your feet and use the sponge to make sure the tan is even.
You can then proceed to spray the rest of your body, trying to keep a steady hand and even spray. Be extra careful when spraying your hands as this is the area where most people go wrong.
Use a long wand or sponge after applying the spray tan on your back to ensure it is evenly covered, it may feel a bit awkward but will become easier with practice.
Once you have covered everywhere with the spray tan take a strong tissue and carefully wipe your wrists, elbows, the top of your feet and your knees, these are high risk areas and require extra attention. The purpose of this is just to ensure they don’t turn a strange color and doesn’t wipe the tan completely off.
Wash your hands with warm water and soap, making sure you spend a good five minutes giving them a thorough clean. With spray tanning it may seem that your hands are fine but after a few hours they can turn a weird color if not washed properly.
Use a hair dryer to dry all the areas of your body that you have just sprayed. There is no need to spend a long time doing this but it is just a trick that can help speed up the drying time of a spray tan.
Top Tips After Using Spray Tan
Once you have applied the spray tan it is important to wait as long as possible before putting on any clothes or going to bed, giving the spray time to dry.
Many products will claim to dry very quickly but you should still try and wait as long as possible just in case.
The best time to apply spray tan is just before you go to bed and after the spray has dried, going to bed and leaving it overnight will bring about fantastic results.
After you’ve had a good nights sleep, jump straight into the shower and see how bronze you’ve become!
If you discover an area where the tan hasn’t been applied correctly or looks uneven you can add a little more spray tan to the area being careful not to overdo it.
Lemon juice can also help to even out a tan that has gone wrong. The strong acid in lemon juice can help to remove the spray tan from elbows, hands or feet also.
Moisturizer is the key to marinating a beautiful tan and although the tan will fade naturally over the next week by consistently reapplying the spray tan you will be see better results every time.
Try and come up with a schedule for applying your spray tan and stick to that schedule. By, say, applying spray tan every Thursday, your body will become used to the tan and better results will be seen.
General Tips When Spray Tanning
Using beauty products such as lip balms, lipstick, Vaseline or mascaras are fine to have on during and after your tan. Anything that goes on your facial area around the eyes or lips does not cause interference with the tan.
Do not sweat, get wet, swim or exercise until you have had your first shower after your spray tan. If you do get wet it may cause you to streak.
When you do take a shower, the bronzer is going to wash off. You don’t need to work at getting the bronzer off, just let the water from the shower remove it.
It is advised that instead of wiping yourself dry after you get out of the shower, to pat yourself dry instead.
The tan is not going to just disappear, you are going to notice it fading. You can start exfoliating when you notice it is starting to fade or in preparation for your next tan.
Mascara and lip treatment such as Vaseline, lip gloss or lipstick do not cause any problems with the tan.
Medical treatments for acne are also not advisable to use during the week your spray tan is on.
It is best that you have any facial or body waxing done prior to using a spray on tan. DO NOT get waxed after you have finished your spray tan and before you shower.
Going in the sea or a pool after your tan is okay. It is advisable that you wait at least one day before doing this also. Chlorine may make your tan fade faster, however it is not going to remove the tan immediately.
Face washes containing substances such as salicylic acid are not recommended to use, this is because they can eat away at your spray tan.
Go easy around water the day you get sprayed – this includes everything from doing dishes to brushing your teeth. While you can still do these things, it is advised that you use caution when you are near water to ensure you do not mess up your spray tan.
If you have small children, it is best practise if you bathe them prior to applying your spray tan.
If you wear eye shadow, blush or face makeup, sleep with your makeup on that night.
Your face is going to fade faster since you wash it more frequently.
It is also best advised that you get a pedicure before you come in for your tan. DO NOT get one after your spray tan and before you shower. If you get one before you come in, make sure they wipe off any lotion. It is okay, however, to get a DRY pedicure after your spray tan.
Threading and waxing of eyebrows and lips should be done prior to your tan.
Try not to touch your skin to see if you are sticky. The solution does feel sticky while it is in the developing phase before your first shower and this is normal. If you touch your skin and do not wash the insides of your hands, your palms may end up becoming stained because palms are not supposed to come in contact with the spray tan solution. If you do accidentally touch your skin, this is fine, just wash the insides of your hands as directed by your spray tan specialist!
It is recommended to moisturize at least once a day. You can start moisturizing after your first shower.
If you are going on holiday after your tan, it certainly advisable that you wear sunscreen. It is also a good idea to combine moisturizer with your sun lotion and try applying both on at the same time as you would normally apply your sunscreen – especially after sitting out in the sun for a lengthy period, being in the sea or swimming in the pool.
If you are waiting until the next day to shower and you would like to work out, shower before you work out and then shower again. Working out with the bronzer on may cause your tan to streak. Even if you just rinse the bronzer off and then take a full shower after your workout.
If you are waiting until the next day to shower, when you wake up, you will be darker than you were the day before – this is only because the bronzer is still on you and the spray tan has fully developed.
Limit the shaving of your legs, as this is also a form of exfoliating. You can still shave your legs, however we do not advise doing it daily.
Remember to remain calm when applying the spray tan and relax your muscles.
Use these tips and tricks to achieve a fantastic spray tan with minimal fuss. You may have to experiment a little to find the tips that work best for you or even come up with some of your own but by using the above guide you will achieve excellent results in no time.