It doesn't matter how good the person doing your spray tan is, if you haven't prepped your body properly you'll end up with a bad or sub-standard spray tan. Read on to find out how to get the most of of your spray tan.
Too often I hear of people saying they had a bad experience with their spray tan, more often than not the complaints are:
* My tan wasn't dark enough
* My tan was orange
* My tan didn't last very long
* My tan was all patchy
Any good, experienced spray tanner should have instructions available of how to prep your skin for your spray tan - if they don't, I'd move on to another tanner. My prep instructions can be found here.
All too often, even after sending clients my prep sheet they turn up wearing a full face of makeup, deodorant and have moisturizer on - all no no's for a good tan.
Here's how to get the most out of your spray tan:
The Day Before Your Tan:
Exfoliate your skin gently - paying extra attention to those area's that are particularly dry (elbows, knees etc..)
Shave your legs (if waxing get at least 48 hours before your tan).
The Day of Your Tan:
Shower, best not to use any soap as this can create a barrier on the skin which prevents the tan from adhering to the skin. For my own tans I usually shower as usual in the morning, then have a "water only" shower before my tan.
Don't put on any makeup (by makeup this is mainly face makeup like foundation, high-lighter, bronzer etc...) If you like me and can't fathom leaving the house without makeup, mascara and eyeliner is fine (it's what I do).
Don't use deodorant, this can cause patchiness and your underarms will turn green.
Don't use moisturizer - this also acts as a barrier and the tan will sit on top of the moisturizer and not on your skin.
After your tan you need to follow the instruction as well. Your tanner will advise when to wash the bronzer off (different solutions have different time frames). I only use rapid tans now so my tans can be washed off in as little as 2 hours.
After your time is up, have a warm shower and wash the bronzer off your skin, DO NOT use any soap as this can affect the development of your tan.
Pat yourself dry with a towel and moisturize (make sure your moisturizer is oil-free), don't apply any perfume as the alcohol will eat through your tan.
After you've washed the bronzer off you'll likely be the same shade of pale as you were before your tan (and likely muttering under your breath, bloody hell my tan hasn't even worked - what a rip) - but don't panic, your tan will develop over the next 6 - 12 hours. By morning time you'll be all nice and bronzed.