Spray Tan Preparation Tips


June 20th, 2012 by Adore

Sunless spray tanning is the best way to achieve a healthy and natural-looking glow without having to expose yourself to the harmful effects of the sun.  But how can you achieve a perfect, even and natural-looking glow when you’re using spray tans?  Well here’s the answer – the key is to prepare your skin before applying your tan!  Below are our top spray tan preparation tips to help you out.  As long as you remember to follow these steps and you use good quality tanning products, you’ll have a glorious tan every time!

  • Shave at least 10 hours before your spray tanning session or wax at least 24 hours before.  This is an extremely important tip to remember, as you need to allow your pores to close over before applying the tan.  Spraying quickly while your pores are still open can result in an uneven tan, while waxing or shaving after a spray tan will cause it to fade quicker than you’d hope.
  • Exfoliate and moisturise for the days leading up to your spray tan to ensure your skin is nourished and prepared, however avoid moisturising on the day of your spray tan as this can block the absorption of tan by your skin.
  • Spray your skin with a pH-balancing product before your tanning session.  Having well balanced skin is key to obtaining the best quality spray tan possible, as this will allow your skin to absorb the tan as effectively as possible.  A fantastic product to try is the Norvell XLaTab pH Balancing Spray.
  • Avoid using deodorant, makeup or perfume on the day of your spray tanning session. Make sure you have removed any of these products extremely well before applying your tan as the alcohol and chemicals in these products may cause your tan to go blotchy.
  • Last but not least, be sure to apply a barrier cream over any areas of your body that tend to absorb excess tan such as your elbows, knees and ankles.  The Norvell Barrier Cream is extremely effective and will help you avoid any orange or obvious fake-tan errors.

With these spray tan preparation tips you can achieve the perfect, natural-looking glow every time you spray tan! So why harm your skin with a sun tan when you can have a healthy sunless tan that looks even better? Just remember, spray tan preparation is the key to looking your best!