Tips for the BEST Spray Tan Possible!
First: Avoid Exfoliants
That is, avoid them for the 24 hours before your tan, and for the duration of your tan. If you’re using a retinol, or any face or body products that have AHAs in them, like glycolic, lactic, and citric acids, avoid them for at least 24 hours before your spray tan, They cause your skin to exfoliate on a deeper, cellular level, which can cause the pigment to fade faster. However—and this is important—this does not mean you should skip exfoliating your skin. Exfoliation [beforehand] is key to getting an even, long-lasting tan, Dry, dehydrated, flaky skin absorbs extra DHA, which results in streaks and blotches, so do all of your waxing, shaving, and exfoliating at least 24 hours before your tan. The easiest way to exfoliate? A good ol’ washcloth. But if you’re into the ideas of scrubs, We’ve found the ultra-fine Jergens Natural Glow Color Primer Scrub to leave skin evenly smooth, without leaving behind a residue.
Next: Factor in Your Period
Timing your spray tan around your period can really help prolong its color. We’ve noticed with some of our clients that their skin doesn’t take the tan as well as when it’s the week before their period—or they’re on their period—as opposed to if they get spray-tanned the week after their period, Hormone levels can play a part in how well the pigment develops. Yes, it sounds weird, and sure, it may not exactly be based in science, but we trust pro's who tan Blake Lively and Kate Moss for a living. So post-period tanning it is!
Then: Swap Your Moisturizer
Let’s cut to the chase: Oils are basically the death of self-tanners. Oils act as a barrier on your skin that will prevent the tanner from evenly absorbing, so if you use an oil-filled exfoliator or moisturizer before you tan, you're basically guaranteed to have problems. And if you use an oil after you get your tan, you’re just asking for it to fade. Oils will break down the pigments in the tan, so we definitely recommend avoiding them if you have a spray tan,
That doesn’t mean, of course, that you should forgo all moisture. In fact, the one thing that’ll keep your tan looking fresh longest is to keep your skin as supple and hydrated as possible. So if you’re usually a lotion-hater, guess what? You’re super into lotions now. Our personal fav: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe, which uses aloe vera to lightly moisturize skin.
Finally: Add a Topper
Listen, no matter how well you prep and pray, your tan is going to fade at some point. I know—the world is unfair, everything sucks, etc, etc. But you can still minimize the fade (and subsequent mental withdrawal) by using a “topper”—i.e. a tint of some sort—to retain a level of glow.
We tell our clients to mix a few self-tanning drops in with their moisturizer and apply it daily, especially if they’ve gone swimming that day, Our Fav is
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops, which are also infused with a color-correcting component (i.e. peach pigments for light skin, green for medium skin, and purple for dark skin) that'll boost your tan's brightness each time you apply it. And, when all else fails and your tan is but a distant memory, there’s always dim lighting and Instagram filters. Or, you know, just accepting your skin for the shade it naturally is.
You Don't Have To Sacrifice The Gym For Your Tan
If you typically work out while rocking a full-coverage sports bra to the gym post-tan, you know that sweaty friction = a destroyed tan. Luckily, We have a few solutions, so you don't have to choose one or the other. First, wait for your tan to fully develop before hitting the treadmill. Second, wear a fabric that's breathable. Sweat is inevitable, but the right kind of material will help it dry faster before it wipes away all of your tan. Lastly, we suggests steering clear of those rough gym towels — the abrasive cloth will strip your fake tan fast. You may have to change your schedule slightly, at least for the first 12 hours after a tan. Hot yoga or an intense bike ride? Maybe skip it for the day. You deserve a day off.
It needs time to settle.
Your instinct might tell you to get a spray tan the night before a wedding or a prom so that it looks fresh, but please, please ignore your instinct. Tans can be at their most intense the day after a spray, which can translate as unnatural or leave you risking looking orange if something goes awry. It's best to get sprayed two days before your wedding so you will have already washed off the first layer of the tan, it will have settled into your skin, and you can add your own moisturizer. You also have the ability to see how it turned out and make sure that it's perfect. And if, god forbid, it isn't [right], you have some time to get it fixed or touched up.
Spray Tan Pricing:
First Time Client - $30 (In Studio only)
Existing Clients - $35 (In Studio Only)
Mobile Tanning - $50 (On Location)
First Time Client - $30 (In Studio only,PSL Location)
Existing Clients - $40 (In Studio only,PSL Location)
Mobile Tanning- $55