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Spray Tan Do’s and Don’ts

As the weather warms up and dresses, skirts, and shorts start coming out of storage, many people start looking for ways to get tan skin. A common and method of getting a sun-kissed hue without the negative effects of ultraviolet radiation is spray tanning. However, spray tanning can be intimidating for newcomers. There are many goods, methods, and advice available and it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are some tips and tricks for achieving the perfect spray tan.

Preparation for your Session
Shaving and exfoliating your skin is one of the most crucial things you can do in preparation for a spray tan. Shaving and exfoliating your skin depletes dead skin cells and unsightly hair, which makes it easier for the spray tan to cover your entire body. The day before your spray tan, scrub your entire body with an exfoliating mitt or a mild scrub. After you exfoliate, avoid putting lotion or other products on your skin. If you have dry skin this may seem counterproductive, but these creams can create a barrier between your skin and the spray tan, which can result in an uneven tan.

It is important to wear flexible clothing and comfortable shoes on the day of your spray tan session. If the weather permits, choose flip-flops. Sweaters, long-sleeved T-shirts, pajamas, and joggers are the better clothing options. You want your skin to be covered after the tanning session, but anything too tight can rub off and affect the way the tan looks in the end. Avoid wearing anything form-fitting. In addition, remember that dark colors work best because the cosmetic bronzer might transfer to and stain light garments.

During Your Spray Session
You should plan to either strip and tan with no clothes on, or wear a bikini for tan lines. If you go with nothing on, you’ll get no tan lines. If you do want tan lines, be sure to wear a suit that you don’t care about as the suit will get ruined (spray tanners stain clothes). Always pick a choice that fits your comfort zone, especially if you decide to spray tan with an artist.

It is also important to put your hair in a hair cap to ensure none of your hair is exposed as the tanner will affect your hair as ell. Make sure the cap is right on the hairline, so as not to be any weird lines on your face or scalp. Use the barrier cream provided to cover and protect any real or fake nails, as well as the bottom of your feet and your palms. This will make the tan look real instead of artificial.

If you decide to tan in a mechanical box, be sure to listen to the directions given at the salon. These directions will tell you where and how to stand to achieve the perfect tan. When finished, be sure to dry off fully with a fan or towel.

After Your Session
Your airbrush artist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your spray tan. To guarantee the best outcome, it’s essential to strictly adhere to the recommended aftercare guidelines which often include avoiding activities, such as swimming or anything that will make you perspire like a run or hike, or to wait a certain length of time before taking a shower.

Waiting the proper length of time before taking a shower guarantees a longer-lasting result and lets the spray tan fully develop. You will receive detailed instructions from your airbrush artist on when to take showers and how to take care of your spray tan. Avoid the impulse to get in the shower too quickly, as this can result in a pale or nonexistent tan.

To maintain your spray tan, it’s important to moisturize your skin daily. This helps prevent the skin from drying out, which can cause your spray tan to fade faster and unevenly. To avoid possible reactions, use a moisturizer that does not contain harsh chemicals and fragrances.

Finally, it’s best to get your spray tan done a few days before your event, so you have time to fix it or purchase makeup to cover any uneven spots.

Local places to get a spray tan are Tropic Tan LLC, which is located in Palmyra next to Cuppa Joe in the CVS shopping mall, and GloGetter LLC Spray Tanning on Main Street in Charlottesville. For more information on safe tanning practices, check out this Cosmopolitan article.

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