Last month, we had the pleasure to visit with one of our favorite Glam Squad members, Victoria, for a spray tan session. We figured that since we regularly suggest this service to our brides, that we should experience it for ourselves first-hand. After a quick session with Victoria, our skin was golden and beautifully sun-kissed, not the orange, cheeto look that many people associate with spray tanning and made famous by the cast of 'The Jersey Shore' or on 'Bride Wars.'
In order to achieve the best results for the perfect, even spray tan that will last (about 5-7 days, maybe more), please follow these helpful tips for before and after your session!
First, a little background. Spray tanning is the future of the tanning business. Unlike sun bathing and tanning beds, which are unsafe because they expose your skin to ultraviolet radiation, spray tanning involves dyes, which are sprayed directly on the skin. Spray tanning is the safest alternative to sunbathing.
Tip #1: See a professional! One of the best things about going to see Victoria was that she was able to determine our natural skin tone and decide which shade of tan and the amount of spray that worked best for us. Many times, when you use an automated machine, the color can be too dark (or not enough) and you can risk getting caught in an awkward position over and over again if you are not ready or paying attention, ala Ross on 'Friends.'
Tip#2: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! This is very important and will help you achieve the best results. Exfoliation should be done prior to your spray tanning session. Simply take a loofah or natural sponge along with some light exfoliating body wash or scrub and exfoliate your entire body while in the shower or bath. Pay careful attention to the dry areas (i.e. elbows, knees, feet, etc.). This helps to remove the dead skin cells, resulting in a longer, more even tan. It is also helpful to shower before the session to remove any oils, lotions, sweat, deodorant, cosmetics, etc.
Tip #3: Wear loose, comfortable clothes. It is important to be comfortable during your session. We suggest wearing light, comfortable clothing (sundress, romper, etc.) in a darker color over whatever you are going to wear for the session. When we went, we wore cute panties or a thong (depending on your tan lines wanted) and no bra, but many people wear a bathing suit or something similar. It is up to you and whatever you feel most comfortable in. Also, remove any jewelry, shoes, watches, etc before your session. Anything touching the skin will result in patches on the skin and an uneven tan. Remember, that is is best if you avoid tight-fitting clothing for 8-12 hours after your session so that your tan can fully develop. Keep this mind when determining what to wear to your appointment (both to the appointment and underneath).
Tip #4: Let it dry! Make sure you air-dry for about 5-10 minutes before putting your clothes back on. Take a look at your body to check whether the dye is applied evenly or not. Wipe off the excess dye. Try to go home directly from the salon and avoid strenuous activities that cause sweating, which can affect the tan.
Tip #5: Avoid bathing or showering for 8-12 hours. The best advice we can give after your session is to take a warm (not hot) bath and lightly, we repeat lightly, wash yourself with a soft washcloth. This will help even out the tan and also help remove any over -spray from certain areas that may look darker than others (face, feet, arms). A little bit of color may come off during the first bath after the spray tanning session. Spray tanning tips include avoidance of hot water, loofah, soap and exfoliants, during the first bath after tanning (It will be better, if you avoid these things for a few more days). Also, remember to lightly pat yourself dry after the first bath. it helps extends the life of the tan.
Tip #6: Enjoy your new glow! Like we mentioned, by following these few simple tips, our tans lasted about 8 days. It is important to keep your body hydrated and moisturized as well. Repeated sessions will help to give you a more permanent tan.
If you are interested in booking a spray tan for your wedding or upcoming event or if you would like to see see what the excitement is all about us, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be happy to schedule one for you. Remember, we are completely mobile, so we can come right to you.
Have a great week and until our next Beauty Tip Thursday, remember to live beautifully!