Exfoliate Before Tanning


June 17th, 2011 by Adore

Ever wondered what the secret is to that perfect tan? While everyone has their own set of secret tips and tricks, I think we’d all agree that exfoliation is one of the most important not-so-secret secrets of achieving the perfect tan.

Why is it so important to exfoliate before tanning?

Your skin is constantly generating new skin cells; you need to exfoliate your face and body to help remove the older, dead skin cells. Exfoliation reveals the fresher, newer, younger skin cells below. Regular exfoliation will leave your skin looking healthy, fresh and vibrant. However, be careful not to over exfoliate your skill as this can dry and irritate your skin.

Spray tanning and dead skin cells don’t mix well. If you do not exfoliate regularly, your skin’s surface will have a lot of dead skin cells. If you don’t exfoliate before tanning you will find that your tan won’t really look very good and it won’t last very long.

However, if you do exfoliate the spray tan will go to work on your newest skin and hence your tan will last longer. When exfoliating please make sure that the exfoliating product or glove you use does not contain any oils, as this can act as a barrier to your spray tan.

Benefits of exfoliation before tanning:

  • Your tan will last longer
  • Your skin will be fresher looking
  • Your tan will be more consistent
  • It helps give skin a healthy glow
  • Your skin will be smoother
  • It help moisturisers be absorbed by the skin
  • It helps eliminate fine lines

Different types of exfoliators

You can use different types of products to exfoliate your skin:

  • Exfoliating scrub. Use a cream-based or a gel based product containing scrub particles. These products are easy to apply – simply massage the scrub into damp skin, then rinse away thoroughly with lots of warm water. Check out our oil free exfoliator – it’s a must before any self tanning application
  • Loofah. This comes from a type of vine which belongs to the cucumber family of gourds. It is native to India but has been introduced in North America. It looks a little like a zucchini. Once you peel and deseed it, it dries into a fibrous husk that you can use as a soft exfoliator.
  • A washcloth or bath sponge can also be used as an exfoliator. Lather up with shower gel and massage over your skin.
  • Natural sea salt. Scoop up a handful when you get in the shower, and massage over your skin. Not only are they a great, natural exfoliator; they also help keep your skin healthy. Sea salts is 80% sodium; the rest is magnesium, calcium and potassium. It helps to calm the nervous system, fights fluid retention, and keeps nails and bone strong, eases muscles stiffness, balances skin moisture.