February 12, 2014

How Spray Tanning Works

If you’re thinking about scheduling your first spray tan, chances are you’re a little nervous. Despite the fact that spray tanning is now one of the most popular alternatives to sunbaking, many beginners put off trying it because they’re not sure what to expect from their first salon experience. The good news is that spray tanning is about as complicated as any other tanning solution. In other words, you have nothing to be afraid of – you might even fall in love with the results once you see the difference a great spray tan can make to your appearance and confidence level.

What to Expect During Your Appointment

Tanning solutions can be applied by a machine or a trained airbrush artist. For your first time, you’ll probably be using an automated booth. Airbrush spray tans are more expensive and are usually booked for special occasions. However, you should go ahead and try one if you want absolute perfection.

After arriving at the salon, you’ll be asked to pick out a colour before your technician sets up your private room. Ask for help if you aren’t sure which shade is right for your complexion. When you’re undressed and ready to get started, the machine’s nozzles will turn on and gently spray your entire body with a lightweight mist. The rest is easy. Just wait until your skin is completely dry before getting dressed, and you’re ready to head out.

If you do decide to go with an airbrush tan, your body will be sprayed manually by a high-powdered, hand-held spray gun. While an automated tan only takes a minute, airbrush tanning lasts about 15 minutes. Airbrush artists need the extra time to highlight your body in all the right places and make sure there aren’t any imperfections.

In either situation, what you wear is up to you. If you don’t feel comfortable naked but don’t want to ruin your own clothes, ask for disposable underwear. Most spray tans take a few hours to develop and should last up to 10 days with proper care.

3 Tips for Beginners

  1. Exfoliate the day before you come in for your appointment to polish your skin’s surface and remove dead skin cells.
  2. Try Mine Tan’s one-hour tanning solutions if you don’t want to wait hours for your colour to develop. Designed to deliver fast-acting results that last, the one-hour range is available in a variety of colours for all skin tones.
  3. Use a daily moisturiser or tan extender before and after spray tanning to keep your skin healthy and extend the lifespan of your colour.




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