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Spray Tanning Tips

Spray Tanning

Spray Tanning

If you have ever gone tanning then you have probably wondered what spray tanning is all about. Spray tanning is the application of chemicals that mimic the effects of the sun on your skin, producing an even, sunless tan. This method of tanning has been around since about 1997. If you are considering spray tanning as an alternative to tanning beds, then you should know more about spray tanning methods and tips for tanning and keeping your tan. Here are some important facts and tips about spray tanning that will help you when you go to get your new tan.


Before Spray Tanning

The first thing to remember when going for a spray tan is to shower, exfoliate and shave before your tanning session. Exfoliating your skin before your session removes the top layers of dead skin, and helps your spray tan in two ways; removing these layers of dead skin gives you a smoother, more even tan and allows your tan to last longer. Shaving, or waxing, the night before your tanning session ensures that you won’t shave the day of your tan, which would remove layers of your tan in the process.

Another thing to keep in mind for your spray tan is not to apply moisturizer the day of your tan. Applying a moisturizer before getting a spray tan can prevent the chemicals from making contact with your skin, either preventing you from tanning or leaving blotchy patches in your tan, so come to your session clean and dry.


After Spray Tanning

After your tanning session, try to avoid wearing tight clothes, panties or bras for five to six hours. Any tight clothing rubbing against your skin can cause spots where your tan is not even or present at all. The best thing to wear after getting your spray tan is a loose sun dress or other light, loose clothing. Once you get home, it is most advisable to sit on a towel because if a bronzer is present in the spray chemicals, you could wind up staining clothes or furniture.

Do not exercise, sweat or shower for about six hours after your tanning session, because any water running over your skin can cause streaks, light spots, or wash away your tan. After six hours has passed you can safely shower without harming your tan. Showering removes excess residue from your session. After showering, you can also exercise or perform other activities without damaging your new sunless tan.


Prolong Your Spray Tan

After you have gotten your spray tan, you will want to make sure it stays around for as long as possible. There are a few ways to prolong the life of your tan.

Moisturizing every morning and evening will keep your skin healthy and help your tan last longer. Healthy skin cells take longer to die and become the layer of skin that gets exfoliated. Avoid using skin care products that contain acids or harsh chemicals since these products speed up exfoliation of skin and will shorten the length of your tan.

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