EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE can’t stress this enough, the better prepared your skin is prior to a tan the better result and better wear.
Do all exfoliating, shaving, waxing, nails etc prior to your tan (24 hours at least). Try to avoid shaving or showering just before coming for your tan, it’s best if the skin and hair follicles have time to settle and avoids the dreaded cutting the legs and bleeding when trying to tan legs.
Come to your appointment ‘a la natural’ , no make up, moisturiser, perfume or deodorant (its ok to have a little on your face). These products block the tan and your underarms will turn GREEN. Even if you put the deodrant on in the morning before coming to me later in the day you still need to remove, don’t worry I have plenty of wipes on hand.
WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR TANNING APPOINTMENT
No Jeans! Ideally loose clothing and thongs but don’t worry if you have nothing I also stock spray tan kaftans ($25) and spray tan dresses ($30) which can be worn to and from your tan and even to bed whilst the tan develops. Also in colder months its more than okay to cover up with a jumper or hoodie and wear loose pants (pj’s great) with socks.
MAKE YOUR TAN LAST
How long will my tan last? Again it all comes down to after care.
Make sure your first shower after the spray tan (particularly if a 2 hour tanning product) you do not use any soap or wash your hair. If showering after an 8 hour tan you can use a Tan PH Balanced Skin Wash. Soap strip tans so avoid using when tanning. I recommend the Tuscan Tan Wash which is formulated for use prior to tanning and after application of the tan to restore the skin’s natural PH levels so the tan doesn’t alter in colour or fade prematurely.
Ensure all bronzers are washed off in your first shower, so wait until the water runs clear using your hands to wipe of the excess bronzer before hoping out of the shower. Pat dry with a towel and moisturise with a tan extender or specific moisturiser to prolong your colour. I love the Tuscan Tan Extender, its light yet superbly effective and hydrating and can be used in conjunction with all tans. It gives you a dewy glow, I love it!!
Avoid if possible, swimming in chlorinated water as chlorine will strip your tan.
Keep hydrated - drink 10% more water daily to get the longest wear out of your tan.
A daily skin regime is not only important for the life of your spray tan but for everyday to ensure ongoing healthy and glowing skin.