An important fact to remember when spray tanning is that the life of a sunless tan is dictated by the speed with which you shed dead skin cells. This cycle can be anything from 5 to 10 days. Follow these steps for your best spray tan
Exfoliate in the lead up before your spray tan. Exfoliation prior to having a spray tan is vital, as it means you are removing all the loose dead skin cells so the DHA will adhere to your skin better and the tan will then also last longer. This also reduces the likelihood of a tan becoming patchy as it fades due to the fact you are starting with an even surface. Unfortunately, many exfoliators contain moisturisers or oils that act as a barrier and prevent the DHA from adhering to your skin. It is important that you use an exfoliator that has been specifically designed for use in the sunless tanning process.
Any hair removal (shaving or waxing) to be done 24 hours prior
Shower before your spray tan session if possible - as the Ph balance of your skin works with how the tan will activate it is best to leave at least 4 hours in between showering and tanning.
Wear no moisturiser or deodorant to your session, and wear dark loose fitting clothing afterwards
Wait the appropriate time before showering or working out. 8 hours for normal tan or 2-4 hours for express tans
Shower with only water for the first shower after a spray tan. This may sound "yucky" to you but it will prevent removing any of your spray tan prematurely. Pat yourself dry.
Use an SLS free body wash, and avoid anything which may exfoliate your skin such as long hot baths, exposure to chlorinated water, or exfoliating gloves or sponges
We like to use the Glow by Erin finishing powder on our clients. This powder enables you to get fully dressed and go about your day.