A Beginner's Guide to Spray Tanning | Seersucker Sass

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Beginner's Guide to Spray Tanning


As some of you may know, I had a little bout with melanoma right after my 20th birthday.  The scariest thing about melanoma is that it spreads, so a malignant mole on your arm could quickly turn into lymphoma in your arm pit area.  (And let me tell you - having your lymph nodes cut out is not pleasant...)  Even though my melanoma was believed to be the result of a medication that suppressed my immune system, it definitely changed my relationship with the sun and tanning.  With that being said, I have spray tanning down to a science now!  Here is my list of how to have the best spray tan experience!

[1].  Shave & exfoliate
The day of a spray tan isn't the best day to skip on shaving.  Whatever parts of your body that you regularly shave, shave them before spray tanning.

[2.] Avoid "finishing touches"
Avoid using any kind of products on your skin before spray tanning - lotions, moisturizer, makeup, etc.  It will hinder the ability for the solution to coat the skin correctly.  If I go after work, I take some makeup remover wipes with me to clean my face and wipe down my body.

[3.] What to wear
I usually wear loose clothing, and I'll even bring clothing to change into if I'm going to spray right after work.  My go to is a pair of Nike shorts, sandals, and a sweatshirt or long sleeve top.  Depending on the circumstances, I try to avoid putting my bra back on after spraying just because sometimes your bra will leave weird imprints.  (I'm an A-Cup, so this offense isn't noticeable in my world.  If you aren't big on going braless, maybe try a sports bra or something without wire!)

[4.] Choosing your color
If you saw photos in yesterday's post, you will know that I am naturally pasty.  When I get a spray tan at Sun Tan City, I usually get medium clear.  It takes it up to 24 hours for the color to develop fully, so keep that in mind when timing your spray tan!  Medium clear allows me to have a nice little glow, nothing too drastic.  If I need a boost of color that day, I will get a medium tinted.  It develops differently - I look tan when I leave the salon, and the tan still continues to develop.  If you're pale and a first timer, go with medium clear!

[5.] Coupons
Before paying $35 for a spray tan at Sun Tan City, look online for coupons!  Sometimes there will be charity deals where you can get one for $5.  I really enjoy sunless tanning, and since I can't enjoy natural sunlight like I would like to, I treat myself to a month unlimited of spray tanning.  (It's cheaper than buying two spray tans at regular price!)

[6.] Strip down
I would recommend being completely nude to get a spray tan.  You're in the room by yourself, so there's no awkwardness.  

[7.] Shower cap
 Sometimes people forget this step - rock that lunch lady looking shower cap!  The solution already clings to my arm hair, so I can only imagine what my head would look like with solution on it...

[8.] Prime
Using a primer is supposed to help your skin soak in the spray evenly.  I use a primer the majority of the time.  (I recently started using this one.)  I've been told not to put the primer on until right before you spray, so I do this right before I hop in the spray tanning booth!  I use a pretty thin coat of it all over my body and on my face. (P.S. - if you buy a sample packet of primer, bring a plastic baggy with you to store it in.  I got THREE uses out of mine!)


[9.] Lotion
This is the last step before you hop into the booth!  There is usually lotion provided in the room, so I rub a generous amount on to the bottom of my hands and feet, and a little bit on the tops of my hands and feet and the backs of my ankles. 

[10.] During the Spray
Someone who works at the tanning salon should be able to show you the different poses that you'll want to make in the booth.  (Usually there are 4, and if you get a cool, newer machine, there's a little video that will show you as you go!)  The solution is usually kind of cold and sticky as it sprays on you.  I also try to adjust my breathing for the 90 seconds that I'm in there. I try to inhale before the spray hits my face, and exhale as it hits me. 


[11.] Post Spray Tan
When I hop out, the first thing I do is wipe the excess lotion off of my hands and feet, and then immediately throw away the shower cap so I don't get any solution on me.  I would recommend waiting about six to eight hours before showering, but if you can wait longer, do so!  If you want to extend the life of your spray tan, use lotion after each time that you shower!  I usually use a post-tan extender product, but that's just because you can get a really good deal on them if you purchase them with a primer.  If you don't want to buy the product, you'll be fine just using the lotions that you regularly use!
 

This post may have more information than you need, and if so, just skip over it.  If you have any questions, I will be glad to answer them!

Do y'all have any spray tanning tips?  I hope you're having an excellent Tuesday!

XX,

SS

Note:  I do not own any of the photos from the post.  If you choose to remove one of them, please remember to credit it back to the original source!  Also, this is not a sponsored post.  (Although I wish it was... How cool would it be to get free stuff from a tanning company when you're as pale as Casper?!)

19 comments:

  1. I've never done a spray tan before but this sounds different from what I've seen my friends do - it seems like around where I am, you are never alone (which sounds so much better!!!!), instead someone else actually sprays you. This sounds like a much more comfortable way! I am in a wedding this summer and will have to look into it - not so much for color, but just to even out tan lines :)

    jess | Quaintrelle

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    1. I think that if I had to strip down in front of someone to get one, I would have to settle with being pale! I get so uncomfortable in situations like that! Hahaha

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  2. I've never had a spray tan, but I think that some fake tan is so expensive nowadays (like £40 a bottle, not sure how much they are in the states) you might as well get a pro to do it for you! xx

    Sharlotte | UK Beauty Blog

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    1. I'm scared of using self tanner! I used to do it all the time in high school, but I feel like it always rusted on my skin. If you can find a coupon, it definitely makes sense to spray tan or have someone spray you :)

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  3. I've never gotten a spray tan before... I always worried they wouldn't last that long. Thanks for the tips!
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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    1. My mom has olive skin like you do, and hers stay longer than mine do! Sometimes it will be a week, and she'll still have a spray tan glow! I like to get one about once a week to keep the color.

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  4. Don't wear deodorant! It goes with the same piece of advice not to moisturize etc., it can really mess up a spray tan.

    I went to a woman who basically air brushes you, I wanted to be sure it came out perfect and it did!

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  5. Great tips! I used to go get mystic spray tans and they usually come out perfectly. I just purchased St. Tropez self tanning mousse that I'm going to try for the first time... we shall see!

    Melanie @UnraveledThreads

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    1. I've never had a mystic, but I love the Versa! I guess it all just depends on location :) I can't wait to hear about your results!

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  6. This was so great to read as I was thinking about getting a spray tan soon! I love to be tan during the summer, but the idea of laying in a bed has started to scare me and its not nearly warm enough to lay by the pool. I will definitely have to try these tricks when I go! I'm just worried about the solution rubbing off on my clothes afterwards, does this ever happen to you?

    kTm
    pickyourbeau.blogspot.com

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    1. Sometimes it does, but it usually just washes out in the washer! The tan solution soaks into your skin, so what gets on your clothes is usually just excess :)

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  7. When spray tanning and using no primer does it still work ? Or no ?

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    1. Yes! It still works, just not as well and it doesn't last as long.

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  8. I just got a spray tan done and I was wondering if I could wear a face primer and BB cream on my face? Or would that not be okay?

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  9. Can someone talk me through the steps Of What To Do BEFORE A Spray Tan AND AFTER IE LOTIONS, moisturisers, primers etc and which one preferable cheap but good. Thanks.

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    1. Hi! The post above goes step by step of what to do before a spray tan - shower (or remove all products from your skin), shave the day of the spray if possible, and wear clothing that is loose. After spraying, avoid showering for at least six to eight hours so that you don't rinse of your tan. I typically bought my lotions from Sun Tan City. The products aren't cheap, but they do last a really long time. Even if you just buy a one time packet, you can put it in a little ziploc bag and get one or two more uses out of it. Hope this helps!

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  10. Can someone talk me through the steps Of What To Do BEFORE A Spray Tan AND AFTER IE LOTIONS, moisturisers, primers etc and which one preferable cheap but good. Thanks.

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  11. Just make sure to always use sulfate free body wash after as well. Which can be bought at the salon too. Sulfate will strip your tan. However, it's in almost every body wash minus ones from salons.

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