Don't underestimate the power of a spray tan. It evens out skin tone, hides stretch marks, scars and cellulite, defines muscles and gives you instant body confidence. Not that you shouldn’t have that already!
Whether you need a tan for a wedding or special occasion, or simply want a natural day-to-day glow, we are here to help.
Timing Your Tan
It’s best to make your spray tan appointment 1-2 days before the big event to allow time to rinse and for the colour to absorb into your skin. Once you’ve made the appointment, it’s time to prepare your skin to ensure your tan lasts as long as possible.
By following these simple tips below, we promise you will enhance the lifespan of your spray tan.
Shave, Exfoliate and Moisturise
First things first is to get shaving or waxing out of the way before your tan to avoid stripping your colour off afterwards. Next step is to exfoliate the skin with a gentle scrub or dry body brush. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and other debris that can potentially block tanning agents causing clumps and streaks. Follow the exfoliating by moisturising. It’s best to do all this 24 hours before your tan to allow enough time for your pores to close and recover.
Wear Light Clothing
On the day of your spray, wear clothes that won’t cling to you. Your therapist will supply you with disposable underwear if you want and avoid wearing a bra so that the rubbing of straps won’t cause patchiness. Your therapist will dry you off properly with a drier before you get dressed to go home.
It’s best to moisturise both before and after your spray tan as tanning agents can significantly dry out your skin and dry skin isn’t great for elongating your tan. Before your session and after you have shaved and exfoliated, apply some light moisturiser over the dry areas that are prone to tan build-up such as your knees, elbows, ankles and under your feet. Make sure the rest of your skin is free of products. Use a natural moisturiser or coconut oil on a regular basis after your session to lock it the colour and prevent it from fading. Apply a full layer twice a day or after every shower.
Apply a gradual tan between spray tans to maintain the colour that your skin will lose as your tan begins to fade. We love St Tropez Gradual Tan which can be applied daily or every other day you’re feeling like a little top up. By lightly exfoliating and applying fresh product, you’ll consistently have a great tan that won’t fade away.