Tired of kissing your gorgeous, tanned skin goodbye every time the colder months roll around? Thankfully, you don’t have to go through that heartbreaking farewell ever again. With the advent of the spray tan, it is now possible for anyone to obtain (and keep) the perfect tan, no matter what the weather is like outside. Whether you’ve had dozens of spray tans or you’re getting ready for your first one, here are a few surprising things you should know before you go.
You know you'll be standing semi-naked next to a complete stranger, so it’s natural to want to be clean and freshly-showered when you go to your spray tanning appointment. However, it is best to nix the shower just beforehand in order to receive a nice, even tan. Heat from the shower can enlarge pores and cause them to collect more tanning solution than other parts of the body (thus creating unsightly dark spots).
Have you ever seen a patchy or streaky spray tan on someone? Chances are good that the person who received that spray tan didn’t exfoliate adequately beforehand. The night before your spray-tanning appointment, make sure to scrub your entire body down with a quality exfoliator, taking extra care to scrub rough, dead skin off problem areas like your knees and elbows.
While the main ingredient in spray tan solution (dihydroxyacetone) is safe and approved by the FDA for external use, it is not supposed to come into contact with sensitive body areas. For this reason, it is important to wear protective eyewear and minimal coverage undergarments during your spray tanning session. You may also want to pick up a pair of nose filters to keep the spray out of your nose.