Spray Tanning: What a Beginner Should Do Before, During & After the Procedure
Updated: Jun 22
People want tanned skin for different reasons, and there are many ways to achieve a sunkissed glowing skin. If you are looking for a safer and healthier alternative than sunbathing, getting a spray tan is the highly recommended method. It provides the same natural glow without the need to expose yourself under the harmful rays of the sun.
With a spray tan, you can avoid sun damages, such as dark spots, premature ageing, sun spots, or skin cancer. Moreover, it is a quick, easy, and convenient process to do.
If you are considering sunless tanning, here are some tips on how to prepare, including all the things you should know before and after getting that natural spray tan:
Prior to your appointment, make sure you do the following:
Shave or wax: Prepare your body for the process. If you have hair in areas you usually shave or wax, it may affect your tanning result. Shaving or waxing after a spray tan session will only create uneven colour or will cause your tan to fade faster. So, do these before your appointment to get a better tan.
Exfoliate: You also need to remove the dry patches or dead skin from your body by exfoliating or scrubbing. It is one step in prepping your skin to have a smooth finish for a perfect and spotless tan.
Skip the moisturizer: Moisturizers are important for the skin, but you must skip it on the day you will have your spray tan session. Moisturizers can make your skin oily, which can lead to an uneven tan. Make sure your skin is as raw and smooth as it can be.
Wear proper attire: It is best to wear loose clothing during tanning sessions. We recommend sweat or baggy shirts and flip flops in a dark colour. It will make the tan stain appear less visible on clothes or items. If you can, choose a tanning salon that has a spray tanning solution that does not easily rub off. Wear an undergarment or bathing suit underneath if you are not comfortable having the spray tan with no clothes on.
Now that your spray tanning is about to start, here is what you should keep in mind:
Make yourself comfortable: As mentioned earlier, it is okay to do spray tanning wearing your underwear on. It is up to you and your comfort level.
You will be instructed: Your spray tanning technician is in charge of instructing you of where to place your arms, what angles you should do, and where to face your body. You just have to relax and follow throughout.
Here are some tips on how to make your spray tan last long:
Avoid tanning streaks: When you just got off your session, you need to keep away from the following—rubbing skin together, crossing legs, arms, or fingers, smearing your chest colour because of the seat belt, creating tan streaks because of sweat or any exposure with water. As much as possible, wait until your whole body tan dries and be mindful of the activities you do to prevent any streaks from appearing.
Moisturize: Ask your spray tanning expert when is the best time for you to do this, but moisturizing is a must after the tanning session. It is ideal to moisturize twice a day—at morning and night—using a hydrating pH balanced moisturizer. It can help make your tan last longer.
Refrain from doing some activities: If you want your tan to stay for a long while, you should stay away from scrubbing, exfoliating, microdermabrasion sessions, using masks or products that contain alcohol, lactic acid, or salicylic acid. Long hot showers are not recommended too. All these can lighten your tan if done regularly.
Getting tanning services requires a lot of preparation and aftercare, but it is the same for every kind of beauty service you get in salons. If you want to make the most out of your glowing tanned skin, it is important to educate yourself about the dos and don’ts, starting with our beginner’s guide.
For natural tanning in Toronto without the need to damage your skin under the sun, visit us at Glo Organic. We offer a safe and healthy sunless tanning for a skin that naturally glows!