Spray tanning is a better alternative to the sun. You can get the perfect bronzed look and avoid the negative effects of sun exposure and damage in no time to look wonderful in next to no time at all. How d you get the perfect spray tan? Here are the five important steps you need to consider, to get the most even and perfect tan.
Steps to Successful Spray Tanning
Step 1: How To Prepare for a Tan
Getting a sun tan can prove risky. The danger of exposing one’s self to ultraviolet rays can be deadening in the form of skin cancer. If you want a tanned look, spray tanning is far easier. Here’s how you prepare for the spray tan to ensure an even tan, without overdoing it.
Preparing your skin for a spray tan involves exfoliating it. Dry, rough skin patches attract more color than smooth skin which is soft. Failure to carry out skin exfoliation before spray tanning can cause the dye to attach itself in blotches on joints and rough areas. Opt for a loofah or an exfoliating tool for scrubbing the entire body. Sea salts or other exfoliating products yield optimal results.
Shave hair which is unwanted. Excessive body hair causes spray tan to stick to the skin. This causes shaving soon after the procedure to lead to color flaking off from the skin. Spray tans need to be carefully prepared for to ensure long lasting results. Creams, deodorants, lotions or personal hygiene products could also cause a problem when it comes to spray tan sticking to the skin.
Softness and suppleness of the skin results if lotions are applied. But these lotions and lubricants are not a good idea if one has to block the spray tan from lodging on the skin. This includes moisturizers, antiperspirants, makeup powders, deodorants, perfume and sprays as these can block the application of spray tan on the skin. This can result in blotches.
Spray tanning solutions are likely to remain damp even after departing from the tanning booth. To prevent the solution from rubbing onto your clothes, bring a selection of loose clothing in dark colors to prevent staining. Nail polish should be on before the tan, even in the event of being a clear coat. Nails and toenails need to be wiped following the end of the spray tanning session. This prevents nails from becoming stained. Gel manicure or acrylic nails is another good idea, if you don’t want the spray tan to ruin your nails.
Facial or body waxing before a spray tan can help the coat to be even, Do not opt for waxing after the spray tan and before the initial shower. Threading and waxing should also be done either before the spray tan or just after the initial shower. Exfoliate with the non-oily exfoliant or scrub before the tan. This ensures that dead skin cells are removed so that the tan looks as even as possible.
The amount that is shaved after the spray tan should be limited, though once following the initial shower is fine. Eyelash extensions are ideal if they do not affect your spray tan. But, they should be applied before the spray tan. Gel pads and tape are part of the spray tan application so extensions should not be attached some point later in the process.
Step 2: During the Spray Tan Session
Make sure you wear loose clothing as well as less constricted inner wear. Once the spray tan is released, there is a stickiness and slight door which is normal till a shower is taken. Do not touch the skin if it is sticky. If the skin is touched and the insides of the hands are not washed, palms can become stained. Wash the insides of the hands while the spray tan is gradually developing. Exfoliate before the appointment. Use an exfoliant that is water based. Essential oil enriched exfoliants are fine as long as they are non-oily. Make sure you check with the spray tan technician regarding chapped skin, broken skin or wounds, allergies and skin reactions before proceeding with the tan. Ensure that while you are in the tanning booth, the inner sides of legs are kept apart and the inner arm is not touching the torso. In case the arms and thighs touch, this causes friction leading to blotches and uneven spray tan.
Another important step in the spray tanning session is ventilation. Th ventilation should pull out the fumes rather than to blow them out. In case there is a cloud of tanning fumes, the amount of air flowing through the room should be increased. Ensure that the pressure ranges from 15 to 25 when the airbrush is spraying. The pressure helps to prevent clogging and grainy spray and is a critical part of how the tan is sprayed. Testing tools is essential to ensure equipment functions well before it is used. More or less solution may be needed depending upon the body size and the intensity of the tan sought.
Step 3: Immediate After Care
Once the spray tan session is over, the solution needs to air dry for a minimum of 10 minutes. Once this is attained, loose clothing or a robe can be worn. A dry, loose and dark pair of clothes ad flip flops are the perfect ensemble after a spray tan session. Check for 6-8 hours of setting time before engaging in any exercise or activity that causes perspiration.
Body and hands should be kept away from water for the same duration as well. Do not carry a heavy bag as this can rub off on the solution. Refrain from rubbing actions of the body skin at the time of tanning. Showering as late as possible or the next morning is the right choice for the spray tan. Use dark loose sheet over the bed or recliner during tanning to prevent the spray tan from getting rubbed off.
Step 4: Short-Term After Care
Do not take a shower for 10 to 12 hours if heavy spray tan is used. Showering before this time frame may lighten the color and impact the results of the spray tan. Don’t engage in sweat or wetness inducing exercises till the first shower after the spray tan. Do not wash the face before your first shower. Placing makeup after the spray tan is fine.
There are bronzers in the spray tan solution meaning some color may come immediately after being sprayed. Color will dark as the solution develops. Don’t wear latex or vinyl gloves to complete the housework on the day of the spray. Long sleeves and pants as well as covering hands while you sleep will prevent the spray tan from being transferred to your hand.
Step 5: Long Term After Care
Taking your first shower involves gentle drying, as vigorous rubbing leads to exfoliate the skin to ensure the tan will not last long. Do not exfoliate with body scrubs, loofahs, body washes or soaps while exfoliating till the tan starts to fade away. Avoid scented body washes and soaps. Non-scented, or fragrance-free body washes and soaps are the best choices. Don’t opt for face washes containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as they eat away at the spray tan.
Acne spot treatment is also not advisable after a spray tan. Spraying tans last 4-8 days or even longer or less than this. The more there is moisturization, the tan will last longer. Moisturizers containing self-tanners are not a good idea as these can have a negative impact. Don’t go in for anything but hydrating, non-scented, fragrance or alcohol-free moisturizer. Make sure your moisturizing is done twice a day. especially after the first shower. When you have a tan on, wear sunscreen. This is because it extends the life of your spray tan. Wait for one day after spray tanning to go to the ocean or pool, after the session.