Spray tanning is a popular method of achieving a sun-kissed glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. During the process, a tanning solution containing DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is applied to the skin, which reacts with the top layer of the skin, creating a temporary tan that typically lasts for about 5-7 days.
- Exfoliate: Prior to your spray tan appointment, exfoliate your skin to remove any dead skin cells. This will help the tanning solution to adhere more evenly, resulting in a smoother and more natural-looking tan.
- Avoid Moisturizers: On the day of your appointment, avoid using moisturizers, oils, or lotions, as they can create a barrier on your skin and interfere with the tanning process.
- Clothing: Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing to your appointment to avoid staining lighter fabrics and allowing the tan to set without rubbing off.
- Wait Before Showering: Wait at least 8-10 hours after the spray tan before showering. This gives the tanning solution enough time to fully develop on your skin.
- Pat Dry: When showering, avoid rubbing your skin vigorously with a towel. Instead, gently pat your skin dry to preserve the tan.
- Moisturize: Keep your skin hydrated by applying a water-based, alcohol-free moisturizer daily. This will help prolong the life of your tan and prevent it from fading unevenly.
- Avoid Chlorinated Water: Try to avoid swimming in chlorinated water, as it can cause the tan to fade more quickly.
- Be Gentle: Avoid exfoliating your skin aggressively or using products with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or retinoids, as they can accelerate the fading process.
Remember that the longevity of your spray tan depends on various factors, including your skin type, lifestyle, and how well you maintain it. If you have any concerns or questions, it’s always best to consult with a professional spray tanning technician. Enjoy your sun-kissed glow!