6 Things to Know Before Your Next Spray Tan

July 16, 2020
By: Diana Crisan | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
6 Things to Know Before Your Next Spray Tan
No matter the season, spray tans are our guilty pleasure. They provide a sun-kissed glow without the harmful UV rays, making them a safe alternative to sunbathing. Whether you’re new to the wonders of spray tans or need a refresher ahead of your first professional spray tan post-COVID 19, we’re sharing exactly what you need to know before you go into your next tanning sesh.

Spray Tan Tip #1: It's All About Prep and Shaving Before Your Tan 

If you want your spray tan to come out well and last longer, you actually have to put in some work ahead of time — don’t just show up unprepared. Shower the day before your session and give yourself a good scrub and a smooth shave. Exfoliating is the key to an even spray tan, as dead or flaky skin can leave you with patches and streaks. Try the Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub to prepare your skin (focusing on rougher areas like knees and elbows) and shave at the end of your shower once your hair follicles have softened. Remember that shaving after your spray tan session will only strip away the color quicker, so that’s why it’s key to shave before.
kiehls gently exfoliating scub

Spray Tan Tip #2: Don't Shower Right Before Your Session

Your pores are enlarged after a warm shower or bath, so the tanning solution can sit in your pores and creates dark-looking spots. Showering the same day is fine, just be sure to do it at least four hours before your appointment.

Spray Tan Tip #3: Fresh Faced Is the Way to Go

Do not wear makeup during your spray session if you plan on tanning your face as well. Your foundation will act as a barrier for the product and once you go home to cleanse your face, the solution will go right down the drain. Most tanning salons will offer makeup-removing wipes or you can bring some with you (like the CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths) if you’re heading to your appointment after work. If you opt to not tan your face but you still want to match your body glow, we recommend mixing the St. Tropez Purity Vitamins Bronzing Face Serum into your moisturizer every day after your tan. This will match your complexion to your new glow.
st tropez purity vitamins bronzing face serum, cerave makeup wipes

Spray Tan Tip #4: Skip the Deodorant and Moisturizer, Too

Deodorant can also act as a barrier to the spray tan solution (and in some cases, can even turn colors), which will result in patchy underarms. Avoid this altogether by skipping out on the deodorant before your appointment. You’ll also want to avoid moisturizer and any other oils and fragrances that may cling to your skin and result in uneven tanning.

Spray Tan Tip #5: Wait At Least 6-8 Hours Before Showering

Once you do wash up, you’re going to notice that the water looks muddy — this is just the cosmetic bronzing solution used in the tan that allows the technician to know where they are spraying. No scrubbing, shaving or exfoliating! Only use body wash to gently clean up and let the water run until it turns clear. Now is when you really start to look like that bronzed goddess. Once you’ve showered, know that you can easily go to bed without worrying about staining your sheets. Editor’s note: Every spray tanning formula is different, so check with your spray tan aesthetician about what you can wear to bed after your spray tan.


Spray Tan Tip #6: Moisturize Every Day After Spray Tanning

After your first shower, start moisturizing daily to maintain your tan. Just be sure to stay away from oil-based moisturizers, as they can strip away your tan and leave you looking blotchy. Try the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream for a fast-absorbing finish.
sol de janeiro bum bum cream

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