There is an epidemic spreading within the spray tan business. It’s the leading cause of streaks, runs, cracked tans, fast fades, “lizard skin”, post-shower let down. It’s also the main reason why you might have to keep giving out free spray tans to keep your clients happy.
Making sure your clients are taking care of their skin is important; making sure your clients are taking care of their skin before and after they get a spray tan is absolutely crucial.
To help you out, and help spread the word, I’ve created this simple write up. Feel free to read over it, print it out, and give it to your customers so they can be as savvy as you are!
The Day of Your Spray Tan
Take a shower as normal and be careful to rinse off ALL of the shampoo and soap; also don’t apply any deodorant, moisturizer, lotion, cream, or makeup before your spray tan. Any of these products will block the spray tan from setting to its fullest and deodorants can turn the bronzer in the spray tan green so unless you want Incredible Hulk armpits I would advise against it (The DHA tan will not be green, just the bronzer). If you have an appointment later in the day then be sure to rinse off your deodorant or moisturizers in the shower or with a washcloth before your appointment.
Exfoliation is Key
By exfoliating before a spray tan, you are turning your skin into a clean slate for your spray tan consultant. This is the single most important aspect of your before-appointment regimen. A spray tan sets on the topmost layer of your skin; so if the topmost layer of your skin is not at its cleanest, most natural state prior to a spray tan then you will not get the best results. If you do properly exfoliate with an exfoliant designed specifically for spray tanning then you can increase the life of your tan by up to three days!
What to Wear to Your Appointment
3 Hours with City Tan Honolulu
Find a sunless tanning solution that is oil-free, this means that it should not stain your clothes, bedsheets, or your couch; however, we do suggest that you wear dark, loose clothing so that your clothes don’t rub against the spray tan while it is setting.
Now that you have had your appointment, and you love your spray tan, you should learn how to keep it:
Do not go swimming or work out during the 8 hours that your tan is setting to ensure that the tan is given enough time to properly develop.
Remember: Don’t forget to ask your client if they would be interested in more convenient rapid tans!
For your first shower: rinse only!
You should always only wash off with water during your first shower. After that though, soaps and shampoos that have not been designed for spray tanning could still lessen the quality of your spray tan. Alcohols and oils in products could produce a crackling effect on your fade and certain soaps dry out your skin, causing your tan to vanish faster than inhibitions at Mardi Gras.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
A spray tan’s worst enemy is dry skin; a spray tan’s best friend is a fantastic moisturizer. By using moisturizers on a daily basis (and after every shower!), your skin will stay soft, supple, and most importantly tanned for days longer!