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!
. 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!
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…
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!)
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!
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?!)