P-E-P, its easy as 1,2,3, a-b-c, okay… Jackson 5 did it better but it’s a great way to remember the steps to flawless color. Sunless technology has come a long way over the past few years. And while you certainly could just hop in and out of one of our state of the art booths what you’re doing before, during, and after that time will have a BIG effect on the color, health, and longevity of your faux glow! Today we’re chatting about the 3 stages of spraying. Prepare. enhance and prolong.
Let’s start at the beginning before you even step foot in a booth. PREP. Whether you’re a first-time sprayer or a veteran of the fake bake arts there are some things you should know BEFORE your glow.
☀️Shower, shaving, and exfoliating is crucial before each spray tan. This prevents the spray from being patchy and unnatural. Think of it like painting over nail polish before fully removing your left-over nail polish, it ends up looking bumpy and discolored. We recommend giving your skin a minimum 8-hour gap post-shave pre booth. This time frame will allow your pores and hair follicles to fully reclose for the smoothest results.
☀️Exfoliators: All exfoliations are not created equal. Avoid cleansers claiming to have apricot or other “seeds” in them as they can be harsh and create micro-cuts damaging the skin’s surface. The exfoliators that we carry are made up of round beads to gently slough off dead skin cells creating a smooth, clean canvas for your spray.
☀️Body Wash: Body washes that are not designed for tanning can leave your skin with a film that will block it from absorbing the spray tan. Additionally, look out for harsh alcohols that will dry and strip skin more quickly.
Okay so you’re buttery smooth and clean at the salon, now what? Time to ENHANCE.
It’s important to note that not all spray formulas are the same and neither is our skin. Some areas are dryer than others, some darker, some rougher, etc. Enter primer! Primers balance PH and moisture levels in the skin ensuring an even and flawless application of color from head to toe. Think of it as a paint job. Just as you would want to prime your walls for even color you should prime your skin! We offer primers that can be applied as a lotion seconds before jumping in your personal booth OR if you wish to skip a step we’ll add a liquid formula to your self-tan solution! No-fuss needed.
Once you’ve got that newfound glow it’s hard to want to let it go! So don’t! A small daily routine of dos and don’ts will PROLONG your tan.
DO: Moisturize DAILY. Spray tans can dry your skin out. When using a tan extender, will prolong your current spray tan while preparing your skin for your next one! Drier skin exfoliates faster, the more your skin exfoliates the more color you lose.
DON’T: Long hot showers, chlorinated pools, and harsh exfoliants that will speed up the skin sloughing process
We hope these tips help you make the most of your next visit and look forward to welcoming you back to the beach!
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