MAKE YOUR SPRAY TAN LAST EVEN LONGER

It’s no secret that everyone loves a beautiful, sun-kissed spray tan. Before you make your next spray tan appointment, make sure you follow this guide to ensure you have a long-lasting, beautiful spray tan!

PREP

A successful spray tan always begins with proper preparation. Exfoliation prior to your spray tan is crucial. Not only does it remove dead skin cells, it helps the spray tan penetrate your newest and freshest skin, offering long-lasting and even coverage.

Along with exfoliation, shaving and waxing should be done 24 hours beforehand. Hair removal can leave your pores open so you need to give them a little time to close. And if you wait until after your spray tan to shave or wax, your beautiful spray tan will leave with your hair as well.

Coming to your appointment with no lotions, perfumes, makeups, oils, and deodorants, is essential to a smooth and even tan. If you have products on your skin, the spray tan won’t go through all the way, leaving you with a patchy result. To combat this, make sure your skin is as bare as it can be.

As for clothing, wear loose fitted clothes and flip flops. Skinny jeans and anything tight and constricting to your skin can cause your spray tan to potentially rub off or get creases.

AFTERCARE

A proper aftercare routine is important to follow to ensure your longest lasting tan. Wait at least four to eight hours before showering. Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the darker your color will develop. Avoid any water contact or sweating in that time period.

When bathing, keep your shower time as minimal as you can and the water temperature lukewarm. Use a sulfate, paraben, and mineral oil free body wash with your hand (vs. a wash cloth or loofah) to avoid exfoliating your skin. Be sure to pat your skin dry with a towel and don’t rub.

And the final tip for your longest lasting spray tan? MOISTURIZE. Moisturizing with a sunless lotion specifically made for spray tans or another all-natural lotion, is the best way to keep your spray tan intact. Similar to shower products, you’ll want to find a lotion that is sulfate, paraben, and mineral oil free.

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The Truth About Bronzers

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between bronzers? There are two main categories of bronzers: natural and DHA.

Natural bronzers provide immediate results without streaking or staining. They typically include ingredients such as walnut shell extract, fig and henna.

DHA bronzers contain DHA (dihydroxyacetone), a colorless tanning ingredient. DHA is a sugar-based ingredient that reacts with the skin’s proteins to produce a delayed natural bronze color. DHA bronzers must be exposed to the air to develop color through an oxidation process. They produce noticeable results in 2-3 hours and complete results after a 24-hour period.

Myth: The darker the color of the lotion means the darker the bronzer is.

Truth: All DHA bronzers are colorless and you have to wait for the oxidation process of 2-4 hours to see color.

Myth: If you have a fair complexion, you should not use bronzers.

Truth: Bronzers are designed for people with fair complexions, those who have trouble tanning, or anyone who needs fast results! Bronzers are great for all those who want an extra boost in color.

Myth: Bronzers are the best lotions available.

Truth: The best lotion is the one that is best for your individual needs. It’s important to talk to a Tanning Consultant about your skin routine and your goals.

Myth: Bronzers streak and turn your hands orange.

Truth: Natural bronzers are designed to minimize streaking. However, it’s extremely important to properly apply DHA bronzing products. Rub the product on in circular motions, and then make sure to wipe or wash your hands afterward.

Myth: You can shower right after tanning with a bronzer.

Truth: With DHA bronzers, you must wait 2-3 hours for the oxidation process to occur. If you shower in this time frame, you’ll interrupt the process and your color won’t develop. If you want a color boost but need to be able to shower right away, natural bronzers would be the best choice.