Faking it – Spray tanning advice from the experts

Spray Tanning Advice From the Experts

I’m sure most of you know someone with a spray tan horror story, but those days should be well and truly over if you follow some simple rules. 

Our sister site Gloss caught up with the lovely ladies at Bare Waxing recently and they were more than happy to share with us their spray tanning tips and tricks!

Make sure your therapist is experienced in spray tan application  

Practice makes perfect – and there is definitely an art to ensuring your tan is applied evenly, and at the right depth and colour to ensure a natural glow.  When booking, don't be afraid to ask your salon how many spray tans they do and what experience the therapist has.   They should also be able to advise on the best timing for your tan – especially important if it’s for a big event.

Not all spray tan solutions are created equally

With so many spray tan brands to choose from, how do you know which ones are the best?  Most spray tan solutions use an active ingredient called DHA (dihydroxyacetone – it’s the same ingredient in your at-home self tanning products).  The better quality solutions will use an organic version of this ingredient, will be odour-free, and won’t contain alcohol (which is drying to the skin) or any nasty parabens.  Great spray tan solutions will also include the botanical Erythrulose (a natural based keto-sugar) which interacts with the outer layer of the skin to give a longer lasting tan.  

Look for a salon that makes you feel comfortable 

Getting nearly nude in front of a stranger can be daunting.  A good salon should put you at ease and offer you a choice of disposable underwear.

Preparing for your spray tan

Ensuring your skin is well hydrated ahead of time and also giving yourself a once over with an exfoliating brush or gloves the night before will ensure your body is in the best condition for the spray tan to be applied.

Spray tan after-care

How you take care of your tan once you leave the salon will have a significant impact on how long it lasts – this means daily moisturising to keep your skin well hydrated.

One very important thing you need to remember is this though.  A spray tan does not offer any sun protection, so it’s really important that you apply a sunscreen if heading out in the sunshine to show off that gorgeous glow.


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