will make them look and feel healthier. If you don’t want your spray tan to fade prematurely, there are some steps you can take. The length of your tan depends a great deal on what you do, and don’t do, before you go to the salon.
Prepare Your Skin
Everyone’s skin sheds cells as they die. The result is that you have dry, rough skin that won’t be receptive to the tanning solution. Before going to the salon, you will need to exfoliate to remove the dead skin and leave a soft, smooth layer of skin for the application for the tan to look its best.
The products you use to exfoliate matter, too. Use a loofah or scrub and not a beauty product that contains oil. In fact, you should never put any type of oil on your skin prior to your tanning session. Tamar Vezirian, founder and owner of New York’s premier tanning salon, Gotham Glow, explains that “To get the perfect sun kissed tan you must be able to apply the solution evenly.” Oil forms a barrier that prevents the solution from being absorbed. This will cause your skin to tan in some areas and not in others. Even the most skilled tanning technicians can’t apply the solution evenly if your skin has been recently moisturized.
Before You Tan
Shaving, waxing, and facials are also common beauty practices that exfoliate skin. While this is what you want prior to the application of your tan, it will cause you to lose cells that have been tanned if you do them afterward. This is why you should have these services prior to your tanning appointment. You should also have manicures and pedicures before you tan if you want to enjoy the soaks and scrubs part, as afterwards can be filing and polish change only.
Wait to Rinse
Tans don’t happen instantly. The tanning solution must have time to process. The salon will tell you how long to wait after the tanning solution is applied before it should come into contact with any water. Rinsing early will result in a not yet developed tan.
If you don’t have the time to wait on your tan to develop, get an express tan. This will take far less time to develop so you can get to your other tasks without waiting.
It is best if your first shower is lukewarm and without soap. Once the water is clear, you can safely step out of the shower. Do not use rough loofahs to wash with and avoid steam showers, hot water, scrubs, massages, and saunas. The nicer you are to your top layer of skin, the longer your tan will last.
After the Tan
Once you have achieved a beautiful sun kissed tan, there are several things you will need to avoid. These include:
- Harsh, exfoliating cleansers
- Chlorinated water
- Anti-aging products
- Activities that cause heavy perspiration
Keep your skin moisturized and treat it with tender loving care. A little extra care for your sun kissed tan can help you get a better quality of tan and a little longer to enjoy it!