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As the seasons change and the warm glow of summer seems months away, many individuals turn to spray tanning as a safe and efficient way to maintain a radiant complexion all year round. However, to achieve that perfect, natural-looking tan, skin preparation is key. In this guide, we will walk you through the essential steps to ensure you’re well-prepared for your spray tan session.


Exfoliate Like a Pro:

Start your spray tan preparation by exfoliating your skin. This removes dead skin cells and creates a smooth canvas for the tanning solution. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub to focus on areas prone to dryness, such as elbows, knees and ankles. Paying attention to these areas ensures an even spray tan application and prevents the solution from clinging to rough patches.

Shave or Wax in Advance:

If you remove body hair on a regular basis, ensure you do it at least 24 hours before your spray tan appointment. Shaving or waxing immediately before can leave your pores open, making them more susceptible to the tanning solution and potentially irritating.

Skip the Moisturiser:

On the day of your spray tan, avoid applying any moisturisers, oils, lotions or perfume. These products can act as barriers, preventing the tanning solution from properly adhering to your skin.

Opt for Loose, Dark Clothing:

Wear loose, dark-coloured clothing to your spray tan appointment. Tight clothing and undergarments can rub against your skin, potentially removing the tanning solution. Dark colours are recommended to avoid visible stains and loose clothing ensures the spray tan has time to set without interference.

Remove Makeup and Deodorant:

Before your session, remove any makeup, deodorant or other skincare products. These can create a barrier and affect the spray tan’s outcome.

Protect Your Hair:

If you have lighter hair, consider wearing a shower cap to protect it from the tanning solution. Alternatively, tie your hair up to prevent any accidental contact. This step is important for those with blonde or grey hair, as the tanning solution can temporarily darken lighter strands.

Follow Post-Tan Care Instructions:

Once your spray tan is complete, follow any post-tan care instructions provided by our technician. This may include waiting a specific amount of time before showering, avoiding strenuous activities, or moisturising regularly to extend the life of your spray tan.

Achieving a flawless spray tan requires careful skin preparation, ensuring that your skin is a perfect canvas for the tanning solution. By exfoliating, avoiding certain products and following the tips outlined in this guide, you can confidently step into your spray tan session and leave with a natural-looking glow that lasts.

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