Steps For Achieving A Beautiful, Radiant and Long Lasting Spray Tan
1. The longest-lasting tan starts before you get to the salon.
This means getting your skin in the best possible condition prior to treatment, since the better its condition, the better and longer lasting your tan will be. Start exfoliating every day three days prior to your new spray tan, and make sure any waxing is completed 24 hours prior to spray tan application. (This will help you avoid a less than desirable dark pore look.)
2. Arrive to your appointment cleaned and buffed.
Try to shower and exfoliate about eight hours prior to new application. This will allow the skin to settle and be at its best pH balance level for self-tan development. Avoid putting heavy body lotions on the day of your treatment, as this can lighten the self-tan. While in your private room, be sure to use the provided barrier cream on your palms (not entire hands), fingernails and toenails. This cream prevents the tanning solution from reaching these areas. Do not apply to soles of feet because the cream can be very slippery.
3. Be careful what clothes and shoes you wear to your spray tan appointment.
Choosing what to wear inside the booth is completely your preference. Most people choose to spray tan nude or in older bikinis or underwear (the spray tan solution does wash out but it's best practice to not wear anything nice into the booth or to put on after). Aim for minimal skin-to-fabric contact after the tan. The clothes you put on immediately after tanning can cause all sorts of problems with your newly applied spray. A loose T-shirt dress is a solid option. If you can go bra-less or find a loose fitting alternative then take that route. Shoes are trickier. Try to find your best pedicure slide ons
4. Avoid deodorant, foundation, and lotion.
The day of your spray tan appointment you may want to avoid using products such as deodorant, foundation, and thick or heavy lotions. If you have no choice but to wear these items that day, make sure to bring wipes or ask for something to wipe off with before you have the spray tan applied. These products form a layer on the top of your skin that the tan product won't be able to penetrate. That means when you wash these products off, the skin will be lighter in those areas.
5. Ask the technician what you need to do immediately after the tan is applied.
Not every spray tan is the same. Some levels of product and certain colors require more time than others to set. It is important to ask the salon professional at your Zoom Tan what specific instructions you need to follow for the specific tan you had applied. Once you know what your instructions are, make sure you following them precisely. If you need to time something, set a reminder alarm on your phone so you don't forget.
6. After your spray tan is applied and enough time has passed, make sure to shower properly.
Typically, after spray tanning with Zoom Tan's product, we recommend that you wait a minimum of 6 to 8 hours after your tan to shower for the first time. If possible, it is better to wait even longer for maximum results. The shower itself should be lukewarm, not hot. You'll also want to use really light and natural products on your skin to help prolong the tan as long as possible.
• Use the most basic type of soap you have to wash your skin during this first shower.
• Avoid any soap products that have a lot of added items (like extra moisturizers) as they'll leave residue on your skin.
• Moisturize after your shower with a light water-based moisturizer. As with the soap, don't use a moisturizer with added various oils or other products.
7. Use baby powder to help reduce sweat immediately after you get a spray tan applied.
The last thing you want to do is spend money on a good spray tan and then get really sweaty immediately after and watch the tan disappear. One good way to help control sweat after you've had a spray tan applied is to use baby powder. The baby powder will not only help reduce the sweat, it'll help keep the spray tan product in place. Ideally you should apply the baby powder to your cleavage, underarms, knees, and the back of your legs to reduce immediate fading due to sweat.
8. Shower in cool or cold water when possible.
The cooler the water in your shower, the better. Your spray tan will not only last longer with cooler water, it'll prevent your spray tan from being uneven.
• It is also a good idea to have short showers after a spray tan in general rather than baths.
• When drying off after a shower, use a blotting motion with your towel rather than a rubbing motion.
9. Exfoliate specific parts of your skin every couple of days and moisturize with a product that won't make the tan fade.
Some parts of your body will naturally shed skin faster than other parts, specifically areas that rub against skin or clothing. As these areas shed skin faster, your spray tan will also fade faster. Gently exfoliate these areas every couple of days in order to balance the colour out and make the tan look more even. Also, you need to make sure to use the right type of moisturizer in order to prolong your spray tan as long as possible. Good options are cocoa butter, aloe vera body butter, or coconut oil. You'll want to avoid products that contain citrus extracts. At the very least you should moisturize after you shower everyday and preferably before bed.
10. Continue to use sunscreen when outside.
If you're the type that burns easily in the sun, be sure to still use sunscreen while outside for prolonged periods of time. The spray tan does not protect your skin from burns. To best maintain your tan, use water-based sunscreen rather than oil-based.
11. Wait to shave or get a wax until just before your next tanning session.
The act of rubbing against your skin with a shaver, or pulling at your skin with a wax, will make your spray tan fade faster. Since most spray tans only last up to 10 days, try to avoid shaving or waxing until the last couple of days in the 10 day period. But make sure to shave or get a wax at least 24 hours before a new spray tan session.
12. Detox your spray tan at least once a month.
When you have a spray tan, you want to avoid putting newer and newer layers of the tan product on top of older layers. This make your tan look very uneven. Instead, you should do a complete spray tan detox at least once a month to remove as much of the previous layer of product as possible before getting a new tan applied.
• Mix baby oil with a small amount of lemon juice and apply the mixture to your whole body.
• Sit with the mixture on your skin for about 10 minutes and then have a shower.
• While in the shower, use a body scrub to remove the mixture and the outer layers of dead skin cells.
• This mixture helps make your skin more pliable, which in turn will help you remove more of the outer layer and the old tan.
13. Apply a self tanner in-between spray tans.
Because different parts of your tan are going to fade faster than others, it's beneficial to use a self tanning product at home in-between spray tan applications. One place this will be particularly important is your face, as the tan on your face is likely to fade approximately 3 days after you get the tan applied. Another good spot to use a self tanner is on your legs. You'll likely want to use a lighter colored product in-between spray tans, so you don't cause the tan to look uneven.
14. Avoid chlorinated water if possible.
Summer is a typical time for lots of swimming. Unfortunately the chlorine in a pool will cause your spray tan to fade faster. Ideally, try to avoid chlorinated pools as much as possible, especially within the first week or so after you've had your spray tan applied. However, if you're near the end of a spray tan period (and going to get a new one in a few days), swimming in chlorinated water will actually help you remove more dead skin and old tan before your new tan is applied.