Wednesday, 19 October 2011

All about spray tans


This post is going to be all about spray tans! I've been using fake tan for years, had many spray tans before and I'm also qualified in spray tanning and regularly spray clients at work. This is going to be all the basic information about spray tans, a few tips and some of my personal opinions and preferences. Hopefully this will help anyone who is thinking about getting a spray tan for the first time and give you a bit more information.



Before your spray tan

Do any hair removal (waxing/shaving) 24 hours before.
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Exfoliate before your spray tan - this will remove any dead skin cells and dry skin, helping your tan to last longer.
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On the day do not apply any deodrants/creams/makeup. So many people come into the salon, thinking their deodrant would have worn off during the day, but any traces of product wil turn the spray solution green (usually when you wash the spray tan off the next day the green will disappear, but it may leave a hint of colour so it's best to not apply anything on the day, to be safe!)
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Take loose, dark clothing and flip flops to your appointment with you to put on after your tan.

After your spray tan

Most spray tans need to be left on for about 8 hours to fully develop, but check with your therapist as this may differ.
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Leave your bra off to avoid the straps rubbing on your shoulders.
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Avoid water until you've washed off your spray tan as this will wash off the tan, leaving you with water marks.

Tips

Go with realistic expectations - even though your spray tan should give you a nice, even tan, it is esentially fake tan and it's not going to look the same as a natural tan.
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Don't be embarassed! It can be daunting, removing your clothes, in front of a complete stranger, but remember - your therapist has seen it all before! They'll be concentrating on spraying you, not judging your body!
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.If you have any dry skin, the tan will go darker on these areas. This is why cream is applied to feet, knees, elbows and hands - to stop the tan going too dark. If you have any other really dry patches of skin, it's worth telling your therapist about these before, so a bit of cream can be applied to stop these areas going too dark.
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Even though it is best to have loose clothing and flip flops for after your tan, it's not the end of the world if you don't. I've put on leggings after being sprayed and had clients who've worn knee-high socks or boots. Just make sure you give yourself a few minutes to dry, before getting dressed.
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Not all spray tan solutions apply perfectly onto the skin, when they're first sprayed on! In my experience, 'Sienna' never looks brilliant and I've had clients leave with dark patches and marks down their legs, where the solution has run. Don't panic! You need to remember that most of what you can see is the guide colour, which will wash off, leaving you with a nice, even tan.
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To prolong your tan - take warm showers, instead of hot baths and pat yourself dry with your towel. Moisturise as much as you can and after a few days, use a gentle exfoliator, daily, to help your spray tan fade naturally.

Which spray tan?

There are so many spray tans to choose from! The best way is to try out a few, to see which works well for you. The most popular spray tans are 'St Tropez', 'Fake Bake' and 'Sienna.' I've tried all three of these spray tans and my personal favourite is 'Fake Bake.' It gives a nice, natural-looking tan, it looks good when it's first sprayed onto the skin, lasts well on me and wears off naturally.

6 comments:

  1. This is perfect for first time tanners!

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  2. Good post! Wish id known all this before my first spray tan a few years ago.
    I have a Natura spray tan, looks really natural and takes to my skin well.

    Holli x
    Dragonmommy123.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm so glad you did a post on this. I've been wondering about spray tans for a while now..this was very informative.

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  4. very helpful, thankyou :)

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    xx

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  5. thanks for your guide on spray or fake tanning this is really useful and helpful thanks xx

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  6. Good tips. Exfoliating is extremely important.

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