The Secrets to Spray Tanning: Before and After Tips

With summer here, sporting a healthy glow is at the top of many people’s to-do lists—but tanning in beds or out in the sun isn’t exactly great for your skin. To get the best of both worlds, spray tanning in Gilbert, AZ is a fast, easy way to look like you’ve spent a week in Hawaii, even if you’ve been hunkered down in the dark for the past three months with Netflix or a good book.

Once you commit to a spray tan, naturally you’ll want to get and keep the best results possible. Here are our best tips for preparing for and caring for your spray tan.

Before your spray tan

To get the best results out of your spray tanning session, you need to do three things. First, shave or wax before the appointment—if you do so afterwards, you’ll risk rubbing the tan right off. Second, make sure you exfoliate thoroughly. As dead skin sloughs off, “new,” untanned skin cells will surface. Getting rid of as much dead skin as possible before the appointment will help ensure your spray tan lasts longer. Finally, make sure you avoid using moisturizers the day of the appointment. They can create a barrier between your skin and the spray tan, and it won’t be able to stick.

On the day of your appointment, wear baggy clothing so the tan won’t rub off on your way home. During the appointment, you’re welcome to wear undergarments, a swimsuit or nothing at all, depending on your comfort level and personal preference.

After your spray tan

Right after your spray tan is the most important time for aftercare—if you are careful, you’ll avoid streaks and other uneven coloring. Don’t cross your legs or rub your limbs together, and make sure your car’s seat belt isn’t smearing the spray tan across your chest. Avoid water and any activity that will cause you to sweat.

To make your tan last longer, be sure to moisturize daily with a pH balanced product—look for something that’s made for post-tanning care. Don’t use exfoliants like pore strips, body or face scrubs and anything that contains salicylic acids. This will cause your tan to wear off unevenly.

Next, be sure to keep your contact with water to a minimum. Showers should be limited to several minutes at most, and we suggest never taking a bath while you’re preserving a spray tan. Pedicures and manicures in which your feet or hands soak are also out for now. Finally, when you get out of the shower, make sure to pat yourself dry—don’t rub.

With a little extra care, your spray tan will look great and last much longer. Following these tips will ensure that you’ve got a golden glow all summer long.

Ready for your spray tanning appointment in Gilbert, AZ? Reach out to Gilbert Wax Bar, LLC to schedule your appointment today, and get ready for the best, healthiest tan you’ve ever had. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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