How To Get The Perfect Spray Tan

February 7, 2020

Megan Burnach

The perfect tan does not come without proper care before and after application.  There are four rules to follow when preparing for a spray tan.  When these four rules are applied you will experience a smoother, longer-lasting tan.
#1 Exfoliation
Exfoliation should be part of everyone's health regimen; however, exfoliation before a spray tan is especially important.
A spa-grade exfoliator designed for spray tanning is ideal such as the Sjolie All Natural Sugar Scrub.  Using products containing minimal oils will help to avoid leftover residue which can affect the tan outcome.
Benefits of Exfoliating:
--Removes dead skin cells allowing new cells to absorb color
--Smooths top layer of skin for flawless spray tan application
--Stimulates blood flow helping to promote cell generation
#2  Development
Always take the recommendation of 8-10 hours processing for regular tans and 1-4 hours for rapid tans and do not shower too early or wait too long.  Showering before the recommended development time will increase the chances of washing the solution off before the color is fully absorbed into the skin.
#3 Hydration
Hydration is key to a long lasting spray tan; be sure you stay hydrated inside and out.  Drink plenty of water and use a moisturizing lotion 1-2 times per day.
You should moisturize 18-24 hours before your spray tan session, especially after exfoliation. Moisturizing will help to strengthen the skin and allow for the tan to last longer and fade evenly.
Using the Sjolie Tan Extender lotion at least once a day will improve the longevity of your spray tan.  Tan extending lotions contain a small percentage of DHA which will not only moisturize the skin but also provide a small amount of gradual color to keep your skin looking flawless.
#4  Maintenance
Product usage is essential in maintaining a flawless, lasting tan.  Be sure you are using the proper daily product in your maintenance regimen (moisturizers, cleansers, creams, etc...)
Your sunless products should be...
--contain zero or minimal sulfates, alcohols or other harsh acidic ingredients
--provide moisture without excessive oils that will strip the tan; water-based is ideal
--contain minimally added fragrance
Here is your perfect spray tan checklist:
Prior to your Session:
--Moisturize the skin with a hydrating body lotion or moisturizer 18-24 hours before the session
--Exfoliate with a spa grade exfoliator 18-24 hours before the session
--Complete your shaving routine 18-24 hours before session and wax no less than 24 hours before
--Schedule manicure and pedicure services 24 hours before the session
Day of your Session:
--Avoid contact with sweat and water until your designated shower time
--Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing to avoid the color transfer and rub off while the tan develops
--Avoid white bedding while the tan develops
--Do NOT wear leggings, silk, closed-toed shoes, socks, tight or white clothing
--Do NOT apply deodorant, perfume, body oils or moisturizer to the skin
--Do NOT touch or scratch areas of the body where the solution has been applied while the tan develops
--Do NOT shower before your designated shower time
After your Session:
--Always pat dry and do not rub when exiting the shower
--Moisturize at least once a day with the Tan Extend Lotion
--Drink plenty of water
--Use a gentle nonacidic body wash such as the Sjolie Body Wash
--Avoid shaving; if necessary, use a fresh sharp razor without a moisture strip
--Avoid chlorine and salt-water exposure
--Avoid excessive activity that would cause sweating
If you're interested in getting the perfect spray tan, schedule your appointment at Spa Western today!
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