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Spray Tan Facts and Tips

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Spray Tan Facts and Tips

When you’re thinking about getting a spray tan for the first time, there are a lot of unknowns. It’s normal to be hesitant about booking your first spray tan. In fact, a lot of people worry about the same things. Luckily, you truly have nothing to worry about… and to prove that, below are the answers to the top 5 most asked questions about getting a spray tan! (You’re welcome)

 

Am I Going To Turn Orange?

Okay, we had to address this one first, as it is THE single most asked question we get. The short answer is: no. The long answer is, at some salons, honestly, this might happen. However, at Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning, we use some of the top spray tanning solutions on the market. This gives us the ability to create a custom color just for you! With the variety of solutions we use, we can always produce very natural-looking tans. In addition, we even have access to additive color bases (violet, brown, and red) that give us even more customization capabilities to truly match you with the best color. And let me assure you, that color will never be orange!

 

How Long Will My Tan Last?

Typically, all spray tans last between 5-7 days. However, this all depends on how well you prepped your skin in advance, and how well you take care of your skin afterwards. At Bronze Beauty, we provide you with a detailed handout after your session with all the tips and tricks on how to make your tan last as long as possible. In addition, we also have a variety of products available for purchase in our studio. These products extend the life of your spray tan beyond even 7 days.

 

I’m Very Pale, Will a Spray Tan Work for Me?

This is another very popular question. The answer is similar to question #1, but just to reiterate… at our studio, we have so many different kinds of solutions. So, if you do have fairer skin, we would absolutely customize a lighter solution for you! We’ve had a lot of clients come in worried about this, and after their first session with us, they’ve become hooked! In fact, people with fairer skin tend to be some of our most loyal customers because they don’t want to be out in the sun (as they burn easily), or laying in a tanning bed to achieve the color they want. Spray tanning is the perfect option for people with pale skin!

 

When is the Best Day to Get a Spray Tan?

If you plan on booking a spray tan for a special event, such as a wedding or a dance, we typically recommend getting your tan done 2-3 days before your event! The reason behind this is because the solution takes up to 24 hours to fully develop on your skin. So, if you go out to your event the next day, the tan is actually still developing. While the tan is developing, your skin might be a little darker than you’re comfortable with, and the cosmetic bronzer (the top layer of the tan) is still shedding itself, and could potentially rub off onto your clothes. Also, the 3-4th day is when the color is set and will be at its prime. This is when you will look and feel your very best!

 

Can I Go Swimming with a Spray Tan?

Lastly, this is another very frequently asked question, especially in the summer time. A lot of people get sprayed right before they go on vacation, and it’s a real issue if they can’t go swimming. The good news is: you can go swimming with a spray tan! The only suggestion we would give is to wait until at least 48 hours after your session, as well as to make sure to lather up on sunscreen beforehand. Not only is sunscreen a great thing to use because you can still get burned with a spray tan, but it also creates a barrier between your spray tan and the chlorine. Chlorine can bleach your spray tan, so the more protection (and moisturization, in general) you can give your skin, the better!

                                                                                                                  

And there you have it! We hope this helps overcome any previous doubts you might have had about spray tanning, and we hope to see you in our studio soon! Happy tanning!

How to Get a Spray Tan to Last Longer

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How to Get a Spray Tan to Last Longer:

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!

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!