If you love a good, sun-kissed glow, you need to know these spray tanning hacks to achieve your perfect bronzed skin! A great suntan can do wonders for your appearance and confidence. However, it’s not healthy to soak up all those harmful UV rays. That’s why we’ve compiled 11 of the best spray tanning hacks you should know right now.
Spray Tanning Hacks to Take Note of
1. Pick the Right Spray Tanner That’s Best for Your Skin Color
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Before anything else, you should know ahead of time what kind of skin color you have. This is especially important for when you’re tanning your face. If you don’t know your skin color, you’re more likely to choose the wrong spray tan color too. In instances like this, you’re far more likely to accidentally pick a color that will make you appear orange or unnaturally dark.
2. Shower and Exfoliate Well
The spray tan will not settle on your skin well if it’s not prepped properly. Make sure to take a shower to rinse off all dead skin, dirt, particles, and any deodorant, makeup and perfume traces that might interfere with the spray tan. On the morning of your spray tan schedule, use a soft exfoliating cloth or loofah to go over the tricky parts of your body, like the collarbone, hands, knees, feet, and ankles.
If you’re using an exfoliating agent like a scrub or cream, make sure it’s oil-free. Exfoliators with oil will create a barrier on your skin and can cause those dreaded tanning streaks. Check the label or ask the tanning salon for recommended brands. Here are some additional tips on how to prep your skin for a spray tan.
3. Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Spray tan pigment naturally gets clingy to dry skin, which is not good in the long run. Slather on an oil and fragrance-free moisturizer the night before on the driest parts of your body. Use an oil-based moisturizing cream for your hairline, eyebrows, and lips as well. If you have large pores, apply a moisturizer at least 20 minutes before your spray tan.
4. Cover Areas the Areas You Don’t Want to be Sprayed with Tape
An indication of a botched spray tan is tan spots on unexpected areas, like your palms and feet. This is because these areas do not naturally get exposed to the sun, and are therefore usually lighter in color than the rest of your body. Ask an expert or purchase the right tape at a tanning salon.
5. Assemble the Things You Need Before Starting
Wear disposable pants or a thong to get maximum spray tan coverage. Protect your locks by wearing a turban or hair cap. Ear caps are also a great cover for your ears. Additionally, wet wipes are essential to correct spray tan mistakes.
Tip: If you are self-tanning at home, assemble a DIY tanning mitt you can use for those hard-to-reach places like your back. Slip a tanning mitt on the head of your body brush. Secure the bottom of the mitt with a hair tie. you should also prepare a small brush to use on your face.
6. Determine First How “Dark” You Want to Go
At this point, you can refer or show to the technician pictures or images of a celebrity or person with the spray tan you wish to achieve. You should also consider the reason why you’re getting a spray tan. For example, going super dark on your wedding day might not actually be a great look for your pictures.
7. Contour and Blend from Head to Toe
To get that sun-kissed, natural glow, you need to do a bit of contouring in certain areas. A technician will usually take time to focus on contouring the areas you want to emphasize, slim down, or make a bit taut. It also helps to bring your tanning mitt, so you can blend the spray tan color to your own desired results. Blending will also help eliminate hideous streaks. As for the skin on your knuckle and toe creases, bend and blend to make sure the color on these areas are even as well.
8. Use a Blow-Dryer to Speed up the Drying Process
A blow-dryer can be your best friend, especially if you have plans later or are just impatient. Use the blow-dryer’s cool settings and lightly blast all over your body.
9. Dust Your Newly-Tanned Body with Baby Powder
Use a talc-free baby powder and lightly pat on your newly spray-tanned body. The baby powder will help settle the spray tan on your skin. It will also prevent your skin from sweating, which can cause nasty stains on your clothes. Avoid water for at least 6-8 hours after your spray tan.
10. Don’t Make Any Plans After Your Spray Tan
Some spray tan brands take a while to settle on your skin, even if they already seem dry. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so stay at home and indoors, especially if it’s rainy season. If you do need to go out, spray a little perfume on your clothes to mask the scent of your spray tanner.
11. Use a Self-Tanner or Bronzer with SPF
Depending on your activities, spray tans last 7-10 days. A self-tanner or bronzer will help keep that natural glow and will make that spray tan color last longer. Additionally, the SPF in your self-tanner or bronzer will protect your skin from the sun and harmful UV rays.
Here are more helpful tips by Riannstar on getting that perfect spray tan below:
If it’s your first time, getting a spray tan can be quite a scary experience. However, if you apply these spray tanning hacks, you’ll come to love this safer alternative to getting a suntan! Additionally, you’ll find yourself getting more confident with the process and with yourself.
Do you have any spray tanning hacks? Share them in the comments below!