We all love to have a natural, golden, sun-kissed glow. It can be that quick little confidence booster that can make us feel extra good about ourselves. But sometimes, getting a tan naturally can be difficult. Whether it’s because it’s the winter and the sun just aren’t out enough, or you simply don’t have time to lay down and sunbathe for hours, sometimes getting a tan can be difficult.
However, spray tans are here to save the day. Quick and efficient, you can have a natural looking tan in just a few hours, leaving you with that much needed summer glow. Whilst there is a myriad of products out there that let you do it yourself, there’s simply no substitute for getting it done professionally. With that, here is our guide to getting the perfect spray tan.
Before you head off to your appointment, make sure you have exfoliated well using a non-oily exfoliant. This is to help remove any dead skin cells and to ensure that your tan is as even as possible. Forgetting to do this could leave you with a mismatched, streaky tan.
It’s recommended to avoid shaving as much as possible after you’ve had your spray tan, as this can act as an exfoliant and therefore will reduce the amount of time your tan stays. It is best therefore to get shaved or waxed before your spray tan to help prolong its stay.
When you go to your spray tan appointment, ensure that you don’t have on any sun cream, lotion, moisturiser or make up. Your skin should be completely clear. This can again affect how well the spray tan goes on and could impact its appearance. Most salons should have make up wipes, but it’s better to arrive prepared just in case.
If you’re heading to the spray tan appointment when it’s raining or snowing, or has the potential too, then take along an umbrella, and wear long-sleeved clothing. Rain on a fresh spray tan will only result in one thing, streaks. It’s better to be prepared and keep yourself covered, just in case.
Immediately after your spray tan and for the rest of the day, be careful around water. Try to avoid getting wet as much as possible, to help avoid any streaks. It’s also recommended to avoid the pool or sea for up to a day after your spray tan, to give it time to settle and to reduce the chances of it all just washing off.