March 30, 2014

Golden Rules for a Picture Perfect Tan

Creating a flawless professional spray tan is a three-step process. Getting your application technique down to a science is just as important as properly prepping your skin before your session and effectively enhancing your colour after it develops. Skipping any of the three golden rules of tanning can have a big impact on your colour’s quality, intensity and lifespan. Whether you want to improve your skills or are just starting out, our simple tanning guide below walks you through everything you need to know to achieve and maintain a picture-perfect spray tan.

Prep

For even coverage and natural-looking colour, exfoliating is a not-to-be-missed prep step. After softening your skin with a hot shower, gently scrub your body from head to toe with an exfoliating cleanser or a polishing mitt to create a smooth base for your spray tan. Leftover dead skin cells and debris that collect on top of your skin can soak up some of the tanning solution and create streaks. By evening out texture and removing colour blockers, exfoliating transforms your body into a blank canvas. To avoid dryness and irritation, give your skin time to recover by exfoliating at least 24 hours before your next tanning appointment.

Apply

Just before the application, rub a small amount of blending cream into spots that are  prone to discolouration or where a spray tan will look fake. Blending cream is designed to create subtle transition areas by slowing down colour development without fully blocking it. Your elbows, knees, ankles and hairline are all examples of places where a little bit of blending cream can make a big difference in how your colour comes out. If you are getting your professional spray tan done at a salon, remember to remove any beauty products from your skin before you step into the booth. Deodorant, makeup and perfume leave behind an invisible film of chemicals that can turn even the best spray tan into an orange, patchy mess. After you are done, wear loose-fitting, dark clothes to protect your fresh colour and prevent fading.

Enhance

Now that you have put a lot of time and effort into getting your professional spray tan just right, use tan-enhancing accessories to double its lifespan. Because healthy skin holds colour longer, start with a great body moisturiser. For maximum hydration with 24-hour dryness protection, use it immediately after your daily shower. On days when your spray tan needs a fresh colour boost, switch to a gradual tanning lotion instead. Made with a lower percentage of DHA than standard formulas, gradual tanners are ideal for replacing lost colour and layering. To darken your tan temporarily for a special event, reach for bronzers, wash-off tanners and skin illuminators.

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