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Post Spray Tan Tips

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Post Spray Tan Tips:

So, you’ve finally gotten a spray tan… now what? Similarly to how you prepped your skin beforehand, it’s important to remember certain tips for after your spray tan, as well! After all, the more you take care of your skin after you’ve been sprayed, the longer your tan will last!


Wait 8-10 Hours Before Showering

Try to refrain from showering for the first 8-10 hours after your spray tan session. As with all DHA products, sunless color begins showing development approximately 4 hours after the application, and continues to darken for up to 24 hours. So, if you shower at all during the first 24 hours, remember to use a WARM WATER RINSE ONLY! The use of soap can inhibit the full development of DHA color. During your first shower, refrain from using loofahs, wash cloths, or anything that could scrub away your tan. And finally, when drying off after any shower following your spray tan, make sure to pat your skin dry… do not rub your skin with a towel, as this may cause some of the solution to come off. Also, after your first shower, we recommend you use a mild pH balanced lotion to extend the life of your tan.

Remember, cosmetic instant bronzers will wash away during the first shower. Don’t be scared when you see some color coming off your skin during the first rinse, it’s supposed to!

NOTE: If you have gotten a rapid spray tan treatment as opposed to a normal spray tan, remember that you only need to wait 2-6 hours before your first shower. The warm water rinse rule, however, still applies, but you should refrain from using lotion during the first 24 hours.


Avoid Rainy Weather

Try to avoid any contact with rain or any other form of water until after your initial shower. Water contact stops the tanning process immediately. If your skin comes in contact with water before the tan has fully developed, it could end up look patchy.


When Showering, Use Mild pH Balanced Shower Products

When showering post-spray tan, make sure to use only mild pH balanced body soaps and products. Any products that have exfoliating beads, lotions, or a high pH balance will strip away your sunless color. If you don’t have any products that are mild pH balanced, or you’re unsure, we carry a host of different brands and products at Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning. Make sure to ask your spray tan tech after your session, and she will refer you to our recommended products.

Do Not Shave Or Wax for 24-48 Hours

If you must shave or wax after the first 24-48 hours, make sure to use a brand new, sharp razor to reduce removing any old or dead skin cells. Remember that the spray tan solution has attached itself to these skin cells, so the more you shave, the more you’ll strip your tan.


Avoid Chlorinated Pools

It’s always best to try to stay away from chlorinated pools, spas, saunas, and excessive heat, as this will dramatically accelerate the fading process of your spray tan. Chlorine, especially, is a form of bleach, which promotes the accelerated process of removing the tan.

That being said, there exist ways to get around this rule. In fact, if you’re going on vacation and simply cannot or do not want to avoid the water, one tip we have found is to apply a thick layer of waterproof sunscreen to your body before entering the pool. This helps to block the chlorine from soaking into your skin and will help protect the life of your tan!


Extend & Build Color by Applying Lotion Daily

Applying lotion (mild pH balanced, of course) daily after your spray tan will not only help keep your skin soft and smooth and therefore extend the life of your tan, but also can help build onto the color you have already achieved.


To wrap up, taking care of your skin after your spray tan session is just as important as the days leading up to your appointment. Remembering these few simple tips will not only help extend the life of your tan, but also will help you to look and feel your best for the days to come!

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.


What to Expect After my Spray Tanning Session

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Hi! I am back – I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a blog post, but it’s spray tanning season and well, everyone wants sprayed now!

When getting a spray tan, the way it turns out is the responsibility of both the spray technician and the client. In another post, we talked about the steps to prep your skin for your appointment. In this post, we will talk about how to keep the tan lasting long and fade evenly.

As soon as you are done with your spray tan, you have a beautiful glow. As the day or night goes on, your spray tan gets darker and darker. The reason it gets darker, is because the DHA is reacting to the skins amino acids. Once the DHA hits those, it starts turning brown and starts to develop. DHA starts to develop on the skin within 4 hours. I always tell my clients to leave the solution on for as long as they can up to 24 hours. I know, it’s a long time to go without showering. If you do get a shower before the 24 hours, you MUST do a warm water rinse and DO NOT use any soaps or body washes. You want to make sure you allow enough time for the tan to develop on your skin. Once you have waited your 24 hours, you want to hop in the shower and rinse off the cosmetic bronzer. “But Sarah, all the solution on my skin just went down the drain!” While that may seem like the case, it is not. What you are seeing go down the drain is the cosmetic bronzer. Under that cosmetic bronzer is the good stuff! The stuff that will stay on your skin for about 5-7 days.

Once you have your first shower after the spray tan, you want to make sure you keep your skin moisturized. This is the most important tip I can give you. Personally, I tend to have really dry skin and if I do not put lotion on my skin days after I get a spray tan, my tan will only last 3 days at the most. So, take it from my experience, PUT THAT LOTION ON ALL THE TIME!!! Don’t be lazy like me. I’ve had clients who told me their tan lasted 2 weeks, some even 3! Of course it won’t be as dark the 2nd or 3rd week, but you can still see a little bit of the tan. Keeping your skin moisturized also helps with it fading evenly. The solution only attaches to the top layer of your skin and once that top layer exfoliates, so does the tan. If that top layer is well moisturized, it will take longer for the tan to fade.

Some moisturizers to keep away from when getting a spray tan are ones with sulfates, heavy scents, citrus product in it, or something with shimmer! Coconut Oil has been known to work well with a spray tan as it keeps the tan looking radiant and helps it last a little longer and also helps with fading. Same goes for Cocoa butter lotions. The more basic the lotion, the better! BBST also sells lotions to help extend and keep the tan lasting longer. At your next appointment, make sure to ask about these lotions!

A lot of people do become addicted to spray tanning. It’s healthy, quick, and you see the results right away. If you want a glow all the time, I recommend getting a spray tan every 5-7 days. Once you do this 4 times in a row, it’s best to wait about 10 days or so to let the tan completely exfoliate off and then you can start all over again. You may even want to get a tough exfoliate to help get the rest of the tan off. This will allow your skin to get a little break, so that you can start with a clean slate.

So next time you get a spray tan, make sure you have the proper lotion to apply after so your tan lasts long!

Tis the season to be tan 🙂