June 25, 2013

Spray Tanning for Beginners

Professional spray tans don’t always guarantee great results, so if you can learn to spray tan at home, you can rock a flawless tan all year long. While spray tanning at home sounds messy and complicated, it’s not as difficult as it seems. Following the fail-safe steps below, you can learn how to apply fake tan at home and get salon-quality colour at a fraction of the cost.

  1. Shave the day before you spray tan. You can’t learn to spray tan at home without perfecting your preparation routine. Shaving after you’re done with your self-tanner application can remove some of your new colour and cause skin irritations.
  2. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub. While you technically don’t need to shave at all if you don’t want to, exfoliating is a must because it removes dead skin cells and dirt that can cause uneven patches and streaks. Since cleaner skin holds colour better, exfoliating will also help you extend your tan’s lifespan. Oil-based cleansers can leave behind an invisible film that can act as a colour barrier.
  3. Apply moisturiser to any areas where you tend to have dryer and tougher skin. If you’re still experimenting with learning how to apply fake tan at home, you’ve probably noticed that the driest areas of your body tend to absorb the most colour. Applying a single coat of a moisturiser on your elbows, ankles, feet and hands can keep your skin smooth and silky while protecting it from absorbing too much colour.
  4. Spray your body with your favourite spray-tanning product. Since you’re just starting to learn to spray tan at home, set up your tanning space in the bathroom. Make sure that you have access to a full-length mirror and good lighting. Keep your hair out of the way by clipping it back or wearing a hair net. Use a pair of disposable gloves to cover your hands until they are ready to be sprayed. Read the back label to see if there are any special instructions you need to follow. In general, you should hold the nozzle of the can about 15 centimetres away from your body. Work in big sections from your feet up to your face until your body is fully covered. Finish your application by lightly misting your face and the back of your hands. When you are done, apply moisturiser to your knuckles, nails and wrists to blend and even out your colour.
  5. Prolong your tan. Learning how to apply fake tan isn’t the only thing you need to focus on if you want long-term colour. To hold on to your new tan, use a tan-enhancing moisturiser on a regular basis. Fill in the gaps between your sessions with a gradual tanning formula to maintain your colour and uneven prevent fading.
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