January 16, 2013

Importance of Exfoliating Before a Tan

Spray tanning has gained immense recognition as the safest and easiest way to get that fabulous bronzed look! What makes it so safe is that spray tanning essentially involves the dying of the dead skin cells found on the uppermost layer of the body’s skin. The chemicals are not absorbed or passed into the blood stream, which means the procedure is completely safe when the solution is applied externally. The main ingredient in these spray-tanning solutions is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which primarily contributes in the dying process of the skin cells. DHA is a bronzing agent, which reacts with the amino acids existing in the skin’s keratin. The reaction that takes place tans the skin to a brown hue. The colour lasts until the dead skin cells shed off by the natural process of skin renewal or by body exfoliation.

For this reason, we always recommend exfoliation before the spray tanning session. Exfoliation is the removal of the dead skin cells to reveal the younger and newer skin underneath it. The natural renewal process of the skin involves the shedding of the dead skin cells after two to four weeks. Exfoliating the skin unclogs the pores, cleans the skin and reduces breakouts from appearing. By exfoliating before the tanning procedure, your dead skin cells are removed and your skin is prepared as an excellent base for the tanning solution. It ensures the tan is applied evenly and the tan will last longer.

Just as exfoliating before tanning is important, it plays a vital role when done before shaving as well. It mainly exposes the hair follicles and allows a better shave. It also removes ingrown hairs that occur from previous hair removals.

Exfoliating is normally done while showering or bathing with the help of a good exfoliator or body scrub. Tanning mitts are also used for exfoliating the body while bathing. These look like gloves but are made out of a rough material to scrub off the skin cells. The entire process improves blood circulation and releases toxins from the skin.

Exfoliating before the procedure will improve the quality of your tan and make your skin bright and soft. Pay particular attention to the dry areas of the body when exfoliating before the spray tan. These areas include the soles, ankles, heels, elbows, knuckles and knees as these regions lose skin cells very quickly. So if you want a gorgeous smooth tan, body exfoliation before the procedure is absolutely vital.

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