Prepare your skin for the perfect tan
You’ve heard the key to a great spray tan is to exfoliate before tanning, but does it actually make a difference? Will anyone notice if you don’t? Find out bellow!
How a Spray Tan Works
Essentially, the active ingredient in a spray tan reacts with the amino acids in your skin. This reaction gives you a glorious bronzed look. However, when spray tan is applied, it is only applied to the surface or your skin – it doesn’t penetrate into the deeper layers. That’s why spray tans only last a week or two.
Why You Should Exfoliate Before Tanning
As you know, your skin is constantly regenerating. Old skin cells die off and flake, new skin cells replace them. As you get older, it becomes more difficult for your body to naturally remove the old skin cells. The problem? If you go for a spray tan without exfoliating first, the spray tan will be applied to your old and dead skin cells – the ones that are about to flake off. When this skin sheds from your body a few hours or days later, you’ll be left with a blotchy, disastrous spray tan.
Therefore, you want to exfoliate between 8 and 12 hours before your spray tan. This will remove dirt, dead skin, and oil, unclogging your pores and allowing the spray tan the opportunity to color your newest skin cells. When you exfoliate before your spray tan, make sure you aren’t using an exfoliant product with any mineral oils, as the oil can prevent the spray tan from connecting with your skin cells which will leave you with a blotchy tan. For best results, try using our exfoliating glove, it will thoroughly remove the outer layer of dead skin cells from your skin.
Also, when you exfoliate, be sure to spend extra time on your hands, elbows, knees and feet. And don’t forget to exfoliate your underarms – if you don’t remove deodorant particles, they may block the spray tan entirely, or turn green.
Spray Tan Aftercare
Do not exfoliate for the first 48 hours after receiving your spray tan. Instead, use an oil free moisturizer twice a day to keep your skin silky smooth and to keep the tan lasting for as long as possible. When your tan does start to fade, you can exfoliate to ensure that it fades away evenly — pay attention to the rougher areas on your body, like your elbows and feet. Avoid using exfoliants with chemicals, as these may react to the spray tan and leave you with a less than pleasing appearance.
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