Spot-Free Spray Tanning

Tips--Tricks

December 13th, 2011 by Adore

There is no doubt that spray tans are the best tanning option, saving your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Given that they also require less time than a sun tan, what else could a girl ask for?  The only problem is that some people find spray tanning a daunting process and therefore avoid trying it out.

It generally only takes one or two spray tans to realise that the process is simple! Although first time tanners should allow more time than experienced tanners, they shouldn’t be deterred, as it doesn’t take long to become confident and efficient with the tanning process.

When preparing to tan for the first time, it is best to be aware of a few “trouble spots” on your body.  When referring to trouble spots, we mean the areas of the body that are prone to absorbing excess amounts of the spray tan solutions. These include the elbows, knees, hands, feet, ankles and face.

While these spots can be tricky, it is no reason to avoid spray tans!  Follow our five tips below when applying spray tan solutions and you should have an even, golden tan every time!

Tip #1: Always exfoliate and moisturise
The perfect tan can only be achieved if your skin is well prepared, which involves deeply exfoliating and moisturising before applying spray tan solutions. This will ensure that your skin absorbs the tan evenly, so never miss these two steps!

Tip #2: Make sure the salon has enough lighting
How can your tan be applied evenly if there isn’t enough light? Make sure you choose a salon with adequate lighting!

Tip #3: Apply the spray tan solutions in several layers
Once you have had a few tans, you will know your colour well. However until then, it is beneficial to gradually build up your tan. When you arrive at the salon, ask if they can apply a thin layer of one of the spray tan solutions, repeating if you desire. This will help ensure an even tan and avoid overly dark trouble spots such as knees or elbows.

Tip #4: Dab any excess tan from the trouble spots
After your spray tan has been applied all over, it is best to gently dab the trouble spots with a towel or sponge. This will help to remove any excess tan and stop them from becoming darker than other areas.

Tip #5: Maintain your tan
Although your spray tan will fade over the next 5 to 10 days, it is possilbe to ensure that it fades evenly. Avoid strenuous exercise that results in sweating, as this can make your tan fade faster in certain areas than others. Also avoid excessively hot baths and showers, which can have the same effect. Using a rich moisturiser each day can help to maintain your tan as long as possible.

So there you have our 5 tips to spot free tanning. Don’t be tempted to harm your skin with UV rays this summer, spray tans are the safe and easy option!