Similar to achieving anything worth while, preparation and after-care play a huge role in getting the most out of your spray tan. Below are Fitness Tan’s professional tips to maximize the look and length of your spray tan! (Below tips apply to professional spray tan application as well as tanning mousse applied at home)
PREPARING YOUR SKIN FOR A SPRAY TAN
If you need to shave, do so at least 24 hours before your sunless tanning session. It is best to avoid using shaving creams or lotions if possible as they have the potential to create a barrier between the spray tan and your skin.
Waxing should be completed about two days before your spray tan application.
Six hours before your sunless tan application Fitness Tan recommends exfoliating your skin to create a smooth and supple surface for the tanning solution to adhere to. Put special attention into your heels, elbows, or anywhere else you may have dry skin.
Immediately prior to applying your self tanning mousse or receiving your professional spray tan, apply PH Ready to your skin to balance your skin’s natural oils. This is the final step in your spray tanning prep and will help ensure a flawless tan application.
BONUS PREP TIPS
Avoid applying any kind of body oil before and after your spray tan.
Remember to remove any makeup or other cosmetic products which may be blocking your pores.
Dark and loosely fit clothing is best to wear after your spray tan
Avoid fabrics such as silk, nylon, and wool during/after your spray tan for the active tanning agent (DHA) may possibly stain these items.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR SPRAY TAN
Steer clear from moisturizer until after you have rinsed off in your first shower. Applying moisturizer too early can react with the spray tan on the skin and cause streaking.
Avoid exercising or any activities which may cause you to sweat until after your first shower.
After waiting the recommended development time, the next step is to shower! For this first shower, rinse off in cold (or cool) water and avoid scrubbing. Don’t stress if you see the tan “come off” in this first shower as this is simply the cosmetic bronzer.
Moisturize daily using PH Ready (especially after showering) to maintain your Fitness Tan. Hot Tip: avoid oil based moisturizers as they can decrease the life of your tan.
Do not exfoliate skin for at least 48 hours after your sunless tanning application. When you do exfoliate, do so gently and evenly to preserve an even sunless tan.
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SPRAY TAN
Spray tans can last from 5 – 10 days if cared for correctly, and home application tans 5-7 days. To maintain your tan moisturize religiously with PH Ready, ESPECIALLY in dry skin zones. If you show your tan some love, it will show you some love in return!