Spray Tanning Preparation
Hello, beautiful golden goddesses! You may or may not know this, but I also offer spray tanning as part of my services! This is the perfect add-on for you and your bridal party, or just great as a weekly treatment to get a safe sun-kissed glow. I also do spray tanning parties for a discounted rate! The process is quick and easy, but it does take a little bit of preparation. I find that I get asked the same questions every time I spray tan a new client, so I thought I would create a post on tanning. Below are some tips to get the best tan you can, and tricks to make it last as long as possible.
2 days before tanning: Exfoliate your face and body generously. You can use a loofah, a body scrub, or a combination of both. I like to use scrubbing beads because I love how smooth they make my skin feel. Just make sure you get one that does NOT leave an oily residue. After your shower, put on a lotion. The enemy of a spray tan is dry, flaky skin, so make sure you're prepping properly.
1 day before tanning: Exfoliate again in the shower, and shave. Shaving your legs is a must, other areas of the body are optional. I never shave my arms, but definitely armpits and random areas where everyone gets unwanted hair (bottom of belly, bikini line, lower back, chin, etc.). These are all optional, but keep in mind that the formula sticks to hair much easier than it sticks to skin, so the smoother you are, the better. Lotion your body when you get out of the shower.
Day of the spray tan: Shower off yesterday's lotion and come to the appointment wearing no lotions, deodorants, or fragrances. Your body needs to be as clean and dry as possible. I will give you a shower cap to wear, so don't worry about the formula sticking to the hair on your head. I will also give you a lotion for you to use on the palms of your hands and the bottom of your feet, so that you don't get unwanted tanning products there. You can wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Most women wear old underwear that they wouldn't mind staining, a swimsuit bottom, or a thong so that they can get as much of an even tan as possible! You can also either go topless or wear a strapless swimsuit or bra.
My formula is completely organic and safe for all skin types. I can customize the color to fit your needs. I promise, you will not feel orange! The formula is an olive-based color, and looks great on everyone. I can also add a subtle shimmer to the formula, or a pineapple fragrance. If you want a very dark tan, I recommend two tans within a couple days of each other to layer on the color. I carry the darkest percentage of spray tan available, but layering will darken it.
After I have sprayed you with the formula (10 minutes maximum), you will need to stand under or near a fan for about 5 minutes. Be sure to wear dark, loose-fitting clothing to the appointment. I prefer a sundress or an old, loose t-shirt. The formula will be tacky for about an hour, but it won't come off after it has dried for a few minutes. Try to avoid sweating if possible. Definitely avoid a shower or swimming pool for at least 6 hours. If you get your tan at night, sleep on a towel or old sheets to avoid staining.
Day after spray tan: I recommend sleeping in your spray tan to really let it develop. Put more lotion on the palms of your hands before bed so they don't stain. The next day, jump in the shower and use a gentle body wash, not a scrub! You will see what is called the "guide color" run off of you into your drain. That is perfectly normal. That is just the preliminary color that shows me where I'm spraying, it's not the actual tan. After you get out of the shower, be sure to moisturize! If you want to extend your tan for as long as possible, I recommend using St. Tropez self-tanning mousse. This will add a very subtle layer of tan each day to prevent fading. You can also use Jergen's Natural Glow. This is a very very gradual self-tanner that will moisturize but not add as much color as the St. Tropez. At the very least, you need to moisturize with something. As I said before, the enemy of a spray tan is dry, flaky skin. If you let your skin dry out, the spray tan will flake off at a faster rate. Repeat this moisturizing every day until you are ready to say goodbye. You can them begin to remove it in the same way you prepared for it. It will probably take 2 or 3 showers to completely remove it. You will notice it will disappear in the crook of your elbows and knees first, and probably your face. These are areas that shed skin faster.
I hope this was helpful to you! As always, feel free to reach out with additional questions!