For those people who love the healthy glow of a tan but don’t want exposure to harsh UV rays, spray tanning is a healthy alternative. If you are unfamiliar with spray tanning, the first visit to the salon can be intimidating. It helps to know what to expect.
Spray Tanning 101 | What You Need to Know
In this article:
- Spray-Tan Booth Versus Air Brush Tanning
- Prepare the Skin
- Do a Test Run
- Extend the Life of Your Spray Tan
- Know What Not to Do
- Be Smart with Your Clothing
Spray-Tan Booth Versus Air Brush Tanning
A spray-tan booth is a narrow, closet-like space like a telephone booth. To use the booth, a person must stand inside the booth wearing underwear or no clothes at all. When activated, the booth sprays a fine mist on the person’s skin. Once the first layer of spray is applied, an automated voice gives instructions to change positions. The spray tan solution is applied again. The voice continues to instruct the person inside to change positions. This is done until the mist has been evenly applied all over the body.
Airbrush tanning is slightly different. In this case, the spray tan solution is applied by a person with an airbrush. The airbrush operator instructs the person getting the tan to change positions as needed.
Some people prefer the spray-tan booth because it’s private. It can be a little uncomfortable to get a spray tan from someone with an airbrush. That said, the airbrush operator is an expert in spray tan application. The airbrush operator knows how much mist to apply in all the parts of the body. The operator can even pick the shade that’s right for the person getting the tan. For someone getting a spray tan for a special occasion, airbrush tanning is an excellent solution.
Prepare the Skin
Exfoliate the skin in the days leading up to the tanning appointment. Use a loofah or exfoliating cream to remove excess skin from the body. Shaving is another way to remove skin flakes. This process of exfoliating helps ensure that the spray tan will last for as long as possible after it is applied.
It also helps to moisturize the skin before using tanning spray. Tanning spray applied to dry skin will fade faster as the skin flakes off. Moisturizing before applying the tanning spray can help prolong the life of the spray tan.
Do a Test Run
Many people spray tan before a big event like a wedding, party, or a big date. The best way to ensure that the spray tan look is right for you and your upcoming event is to do a test run several weeks in advance. Spray tans last for about a week, so doing a trial run several weeks in advance gives the self-tanner time to wear off. If the spray tan is unsuccessful or just doesn’t look right, try another shade or a different application method.
Extend the Life of Your Spray Tan
Once the spray tan has been applied, its life can be extended by keeping the skin moist. Use moisturizer on a regular basis while the spray tan is in place. It also helps to pat the skin dry after a shower or bath. Rubbing the skin dry with a towel just promotes exfoliation, which in turn rubs away your tan.
Know What Not to Do
Bathing, showering, and exercising in the hours following the spray tan can cause streaks. The best way to avoid this problem is to wait at least 8 hours to do any of these activities.
Chlorinated pools and hot tubs both cause the skin to dry out, which can wear away the spray tan quickly. People who get a spray tan should avoid swimming altogether.
Deodorant can give the spray tan a greenish tone, because of the aluminum in the product. Wearing aluminum-free deodorant, or avoiding deodorant altogether can help keep the color even and attractive.
Be Smart with Your Clothing
Spray tan lotion can stain the skin and the clothes. Anyone getting a spray tan should avoid wearing nice clothing or light colored clothing. Dark, loose-fitting clothing is the least likely to be ruined by the spray tan solution.
Remember that anything on the body will leave tan lines, even a watch, hair bands, bracelet, or anklet. To avoid problems, take these items off before getting a spray tan.
Learn how to apply tanning spray by watching this video from Million Dollar Tan:
For more self-tanner and tanning spray information, contact your local trusted tanning salon. Ask your customer service representative about how to get started and how to make an appointment. Your customer service representative can help you navigate the self-tanning system.
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