Achieving the best results from your spray tan session
The most important key to a successful spray tan is to care for your skin before and after application. All tips should be followed to ensure maximum spray tan results and failure to do so may affect the development of the spray tan. These steps will tell you how to prepare for your tan and maintain it once it's applied and once it has developed. Remember that any spray tan solution is not a sunscreen and will not protect against sunburn. Take care to apply sun screen over your spray tan when in the sun.
Preparing for a Sunless Application
The day prior to sunless tanning, use the proper shower and exfoliation products from head to toe. Pre-tan retail products are highly recommended as they are made to optimally prepare skin to accept a sunless tan. These products include exfoliators, vitamin-infused body washes and skin pH balancers. Pre-tanning products don't leave residual soaps, oils or moisturizers like typical cleansing products can.
Prep products include: Aviva Inspires Deep Clean Pecan Shell Exfoliant, Million Dollar Tan Tingly Peppermint Body Scrub, Norvell pH Balancing Shower CLEANSER™, St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Polish, Hempz Exfoliating Herbal Cleansing Mud and Body Mask, Norvell eXmitt®, + more
Sunless Tanning Application
Follow any instructions your tanning technician has previously explained in preparation for your session. Remember to remain calm during your spray and relax your muscles for proper, natural looking contouring. Until it dries, solution may feel tacky. Try not to touch your skin during this time but if you do, carefully clean the insides of your palms with a wet wipe or baby wipe to keep them from staining. Relax, be patient and let the DHA develop.
Sunless Solutions Include: Norvell Sunless Solutions, Vani-T Sunless Tanning Solutions, Aviva Labs Sunless Solutions, SunFx Tanning Solutions, Million Dollar Tan Professional Tan Icon Spray Tanning Solutions, Focus Tan Solutions + more
After the Sunless Application
Wait until the instructed time after the spray session to shower and only use warm water (no soaps or bodywashes!). This will allow ample time for the DHA to react and fully develop. It is normal to see color runoff in the shower, this is only the cosmetic bronzer and has no affect on your tan. Use post-tan maintenance products including specically formulated moisturizers and tan extenders once or twice daily to extend the life of your tan. Typical bar soaps and other oil-based or alcohol-based products can strip the skin of its natural pH and mosturization balance and cause the fan to fade quicker and less evenly.
Maintenance products include: Aviva Inspires Tan Restore Sunless Tanning Gel, Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer, Norvell PROLONG™ Sunless Color Extender, St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Moisturizer + more
Many body care products exfoliate or dry out the skin and could potentially cause blotching, uneven fading of your spray tan. Body products to avoid:
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