Skin Prep

What are ‘Parabens & Sulfates’ and Why are They Bad for my Spray Tan?

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Okay, so if you’ve ever gotten a spray tan before, you’ve surely heard all the buzz about ‘paraben-free’ and ‘sulfate-free’ … but what exactly do these buzz words mean? This is SUCH a good question that hardly ever gets answered. However, today you’re in luck because we are about to finally give you all the answers you’ve been looking for!

 

What are Parabens and Sulfates?

Parabens are chemicals that act as preservatives and can be found in most beauty products. They were invented to prevent bacteria in products such as deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, body washes, etc. Parabens are most commonly used to preserve the shelf-life of these beauty products.

Sulfates are a form of salt from sulfuric acid. Sulfates are commonly known to as cleaning/foaming agents and are normally found in toothpaste, body washes, shampoos, and conditioners. Yes, sulfates are what enables products to “foam” or “lather” more easily.

 

Why are They Toxic for a Spray Tan?

While there are many reasons that experts have found parabens and sulfates to be harmful to daily health (that’s another blog post for another time), we want to avoid them because they have been found to very easily strip a spray tan!

These harsh chemicals can smudge, strip, or streak a tan… all of which are huge no-no’s! If you’re looking to increase the life of your tan, we HIGHLY recommend seeking alternative beauty products post-spray tan!

 

What Products CAN I Use?

At Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning, we have a multitude of product options for you to purchase before you even leave our studio! Some of our all-time favorites are: Sunstyle Catwalk Body Wash, Sunstyle Catwalk Sunless Tan Extending Lotion, and AYU Moisturizing Lotion. All of these options are sulfate-free & paraben-free, smell heavenly, and can extend the life of your spray tan for up to 10 days!

 

So what are you waiting for? Now that you know what parabens and sulfates are, you can educate yourself when you’re shopping for your new fav post-tan products! The more organic the product, the better it is for your spray tan! Happy tanning!

How to Maintain your Spray Tan on Vacation

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Going on vacation and thinking about getting a spray tan? We vote yes! Not only does it take the pressure off of laying out, but you feel more confident, skinnier, and all-around better with a little extra color. However, in order to make your vacation tan worth your while, here are a few tips on how to maintain your spray tan while you’re on vacation:

 

Don’t Shower Right Away

After your initial 8-10 hours of waiting post-spray tan to shower, do a quick warm water rinse (no soap!) and then… wait it out. We know this sounds crazy, but wait as long as you can to shower with soap, within reason of course! The less often you shower and scrub your body with soap, the longer it will take for your spray tan to fade.

 

Use Sunscreen

We can’t emphasize this enough!! Not only is sunscreen extremely important for the health and wellness of your skin, but it also serves as an excellent barrier cream between your spray tan and chlorinated pools and salt water! If you’re planning on taking a dip in any pool or ocean while you’re on vacation, you definitely want to apply sunscreen generously on top of your spray tan. You won’t regret it!

 

Don’t Shave Often

If you’re looking to maintain your spray tan on vacation, try your best NOT to shave every day. Shaving is a mild form of exfoliation and fades your spray tan little by little every time you do it. You definitely want to keep in mind to do as much hair removal as possible BEFORE your spray tanning session, so you don’t have to worry about shaving (or waxing) as much post-spray tan.

 

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!!

As I’m sure you’ve heard us say a thousand times before, a good moisturization ritual is the KEY to maintaining your spray tan – and being on vacation is no exception! Moisturize day and night and you’re sure to maintain your spray tan throughout your vacation!

 

Use the Right Shower Products

If you finally decide you need to break down and shower (LOL) then the least you can do is use the right products! Paraben-free and sulfate-free products are a MUST post-spray tan. At Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning, we carry large bottles, as well as travel-sized bottles of all our favorite spray tan safe body washes. Next time you’re in our studio, make sure to check out our product wall, and you’ll be on your way to maintaining your spray tan on vacation!

 

We hope this list of tips and trips gives you a good idea of what to do to maintain your spray tan on vacation. As always, let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. Happy Tanning!

How to Prepare for a Spray Tan

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How to Prepare for a Spray Tan

When it comes to getting a spray tan, a lot of people wonder where to begin. What can you do to prepare your skin before your spray tan session? We’re glad you asked! Skin preparation is extremely important. In fact, the days leading up to your session matter the most when it comes to how the solution stays on your skin. But not to worry… just remembering a few quick tips can make a world of difference in how your tan looks, lasts, and, most importantly, in how confident you feel!

1.Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

The week before your appointment, remember to moisturize daily with body lotion. Apply lotion generously to your knees, elbows, feet and hands… since these areas tend be the driest, and therefore, absorb more color. If you moisturize twice daily the entire week before your spray tan, you will ensure a smooth, even absorption of color.

However, make sure that you STOP your moisturizing routine the day of your spray tan. If you have any lotion at all on your body when you come in for your session, there will be a barrier between your skin and the spray tanning solution, which can cause your spray tan to come out blotchy.

2. Exfoliate

We cannot over-stress the importance of exfoliating your skin prior to your spray tan session. Exfoliation clears away any dry, dead skin cells, which helps prepare your skin to better absorb the spray tanning solution. You should exfoliate using a loofa/wash cloth and body scrub the entire week (up until 24 hours) before your appointment. While exfoliating, make sure to use a pH balancing scrub… and for extremely dry areas, we recommend using a deep exfoliator.

3. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water, believe it or not, does influence your skin! All spray tanning solutions look best both moisturized, but also hydrated skin.

4. Apply a Warm Towel

If you apply a warm towel to your skin right before your spray tanning session, it will help keep your skin moisturized and better absorb color!

5. Protect Your Skins’ pH Levels

Make sure to avoid using bar soaps, high pH shower products, or in-shower moisturizers days before (and especially after) your session. These products can neutralize the DHA bronzing reaction within the skin, making your spray tan blotchy and uneven.   

6. Hair Removal

When it comes to shaving/waxing your body hair, make sure you do so prior to 24 hours before your session! Shaving and waxing exfoliates the skin, so going along with rule #2, just make sure you do so prior to the 24-hour window.

7. Get Your Mani/Pedi Before Your Spray Tan

Ladies, if you plan on getting a manicure or pedicure, make sure to do so before your session! If you get your nails done after your spray tan, you risk ruining your tan when the nail tech uses exfoliates and/or lotions on your skin.                                                      

In conclusion, the better your prepare your skin, the better your results will be! If you can remember to follow these 7 simple rules, you will be set for success before your spray tanning session, guaranteed! Good luck, and happy tanning!

 

Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning and Fascino are teaming up!

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This Saturday, March 26th, from 12-4pm Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning will be at Fascino doing spray tans! Spend your Saturday doing some shopping and getting a gorgeous glow! Fascino is an adorable boutique located in Mt. Washington. They have clothes, jewelry, candles, accessories, the works! Come shop their new Spring collection! Spray tans will only be $20. We don’t do this kind of deal often, so if you ever wanted to try a spray tan from us, now is your chance!

Stop on out and visit us and bring your friends!

Fascino is located at 128 Wyoming Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211. To book an appointment, call 412-488-8458. We will also be taking walk-ins.

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