Thanks for visiting my blog. Today I am going to tell you how to prevent a BAD spray tan & how to keep it looking perfect with the right aftercare. If you've had a bad tan there are also removal tips.
How Long Should a Spray Tan Last?
Fairly good preparation: 5 days
Perfect Preparation: 5-7 days
Perfect Preparation & Following aftercare: 7-10 days
Perfect Preparation, Perfect Aftercare & use of recommended aftercare products: 10-14 days with unnoticeable fade off.
Have you ever had a bad tan?
MY LOVE, HERE IS YOUR SPRAY TAN WAKE UP CALL
Without following correct preparation, your entire look will be compromised and it doesn't matter if you have the worlds best spray tanner do it, it will likely still not look right once developed or when fading.
I had a phone call recently from a lovely lady that wanted a 'good tan but I don't ever prepare.' I was honest and said she was barking up the wrong tree. I wouldn't do a spray tan if I knew you weren't going to prepare because its important to me you get great results.
When your technician provides pre and after-care (I know, some don't, it makes me sad, but please ask them if you are not sure), it tells you what you need to do for the treatment to work. If you don't follow the instructions, your tan won't look anywhere near as good or last as long as iif you had followed the advice.
Spray Tan Preparation Tips
1) Scrub a dub dub. My rule is to scrub all over, scrub until you think you are done. Then scrub again!!
Ideally you should be doing this weekly anyway for smooth skin, so step it in the lead up to your tan & exfoliate every other day the week before your tan. This is to remove the outer layer of dead skin, so you have a fresh base for your tan. Without exfoliation, you tan will likely be patchy either to start with, or it will happen over a few days and won't last long at all. You will need to do a final exfoliation the night before your spray tan.
Lindsay Lohan forgot to exfoliate her face here. Drier areas of skin need more attention with exfoliation or they go darker, e.g. hands/knees. When you have exfoliated in the lead up to your tan, always follow with a moisturiser (except the day before your tan so it doesn't stop tan from taking).
Spray Tan Technicians CAN tell when you've showered beforehand because when we spray you, the solution will bead up on your skin. Most of this is wasted solution as it will not be absorbed effectively (because water is a barrier to tan solution). Not to mention your pores will be open, so the tan will get trapped in them as they are sealing up and end up looking like the photo below.
Your tan is AM Shower & exfoliate the night before
Your tan is PM Shower & exfoliate the night before
Your tan is in the evening Shower in the morning but if you know you won't have time to exfoliate, do it the day before.
4) Avoid Oil & Moisture
The Morning: Don't wear makeup & moisturisers before your tan as they can have adverse affects. Fresh faced is the way to go. Ideally if you are wearing make up for the day because you just can't go without it, remove it at least an hour before your appointment (but bear in mind you face is likely to fade a lot quicker). Or you could end up like Paris in this photo! Make up removers are also a barrier to tan, so never apply and remove unless you are having a pre-tan treatment (ask me about this amazing residue removal pre-spray that removes everything and balances the PH of your skin).
In regards to deordorant...its not worth bothering. You wouldnt believe what happens. You go GREEN!!!! Dont believe me? Well...I dont reckon you should try it and see. Deodorant doesn't just go where you spray it, it goes everywhere. So when you have your spray tan and you've forgotten to take your deodorant off you could have bright green armpits, chest and arms where the deodorant has oversprayed. It is so important if you are wearing it to remove it before your tan (pre-tan treatment will remove this).
6) Be honest
If you haven't followed your preparation, you may be able to reduce the effects by telling your therapist so she can make changes to treatment. A wonder product is ph balancer, which will remove leftover oils, however this is only for emergencies, to reduce the issues, not fix them completely, and not a replacement for preparing correctly.
7) Avoid brown feet
If you have not worn socks, chances are you might have sweaty feet. Dry the soles of your feet so that the sticky feet will stick to your feet and prevent this from happening.
The barrier spray I use can be used with all professional and home tanning sprays, mousses & lotions and is available to purchase at House Beauty. It is also great for aftercare as it is deeply moisturising, smells glorious and is oil free so it prolongs your tan.
The barrier spray will keep hands moisturised whilst still tanning slightly to blend in with your arms. Here is an example of not using barrier spray:
How to care for your tan
- Your face may be darker on the first day after your tan, this is completely normal. You will also notice your face doesn't stay as tanned for as long as the rest of you, due to continued exposed to the elements. To prolong this, you can use tan extender (available from The Beauty Shop). Avoid use of gradual tanners as they contain oil so will remove more of your tan and likely make it go patchy.
- Now you are tanned and golden, do not put make up or moisturisers on. In fact, no products on your skin full stop. And try to be careful when washing your hands (avoid splashback). Avoid jeans, leggings, socks and bras afterwards and they will rub and remove your tan.
- You can leave your tan on for 6-8 hours, but many prefer to sleep in it. This is perfectly acceptable.
- In the morning after your tan, have a 'waterfall' shower. NO BATHS for duration of tan, or it will not last as long. Stay in the shower until all the guide colour is gone and the water is clear. This is not your tan coming off, just the bronzer in the solution.
- DO NOT use bar soap, it is an exfoliant. Use shower gel on 'smelly bits' , shampoo as normal. Just for your first shower, then onwards from then its fine to use products as long as they are oil-free.
How To Remove a Tan
Tan eraser is £6 and available at your appointment or at The Beauty Shop at House Beauty.
I hope you enjoyed this blog and found it useful!! I could go on about tans all day!! These are the most important points.
Love & Beauty, Hollie xx