While there are several options for sunless tanning, there are some reasons as to why they do not work out for some people every time. You could be doing something that inhibits your tan without even knowing it. Listed below are a few tips that can help you achieve the perfect sunless tan every time.

Hair Removal

Many people who get spray tans shave too late. If you shave right before (Even the morning of) your spray tan appointment, you can irritate your skin. Experts say that 12 to 24 hours before is the best window for shaving before a spray tan appointment to ensure little to no skin irritation following the appointment. This will allow you to enjoy the tan, rather than worrying about the irritation. Also, shave with soap and water only, as some shaving creams contain barriers that will inhibit the tan. If you plan on waxing prior to your tan, ensure that it is done at least 24 hours prior to the spray tan appointment, while two days is the safer bet.

Preparing Your Skin

There are multiple ways besides shaving to prepare your skin for sunless tans. One way to prepare your skin is to be sure to exfoliate. Without exfoliation, tans can become uneven and look patchy. Eight to twelve hours is a good window for exfoliation prior to your spa or tanning salon appointment. Be sure to focus on joints, especially if there is dry skin. Also, since dry skin can inhibit your spa’s ability to give you an even tan, a water-based lotion should be applied at least a couple hours before your spa appointment.

One thing to avoid before your sunless tan appointment is the application of oils to your skin. Also, be sure to thoroughly remove all makeup prior to your appointment to ensure the best tan possible.

After Your Appointment

After leaving your spa or tanning salon, there are a few rules to follow to ensure your tan stays great. For one, be sure to wear dark, loose-fitting clothing and do not wear wool, silk, or nylon. After returning home, wait at least 8 to 12 hours before you shower. Before your first shower, do not exercise or apply moisturizer to your skin. When you do shower, remember that it is normal to lose some color. This is not your tan leaving, it is the immediate bronzer that is there so the tanner knows they have sprayed your entire body. The rest of your tan will come in later.

Throughout the life of your tan (7-10 days depending on how it was applied and how dark it was), be sure to moisturize at least twice a day, and avoid any products that have oil in them. When you need to exfoliate, make sure it is gentle and even. This will help ensure that your tan stays even and sticks around for as long as possible.

One of the most important tips to remember is to choose a reputable spa (Or tanning salon) that has good reviews. Reviews can be found on a variety of websites, such as Yelp and Google. Bad tanning salons can give you a bad, uneven tan that will follow you for a week or longer, while reputable spas and salons will offer professional service and a quality tan! For example, in certain parts of Florida, House Of Tans is recommended by many customers. If you live in Florida, consider visiting their website and checking where their closest location is to you! Remember, a good tan can mean a great start to your summer, even if you do not have the hot sun around yet!

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