Post # 1
Years back I was an avid tanning bed user until I had a mole scare last summer. I’ve found that applying self tanner is a major pain in the butt (for me at least) and I’d like to try spray tanning. I don’t have the budget to have someone air brush me, but would like to try a booth.
Any tips/words of wisdom, anyone?
Post # 3
Having someone do it for you has worked out better for me and it costs around $40 the self spray one at like Hollywood Tans is around $25. It was ok but I found it was hard to rub everything in certain spots on my body. I am trying the self tanner now and it’s sooo hard to get right as well…I look like I have some pigment discoloration and it’s hard to get the top of your hands and your feet well. I might as well stick to being pale! Good for you for stopping going tanning, it’s hard bc we all look better tan but it will be better for you in the long run.
Post # 4
Anytime you are applying a tanning agent, you must, must, MUST exfoliate first! Also, be as hydrated as possible *although hydration is important all the time ;)*
I’ve never spray tanned, but with regards to applying self tanner, there are tricks! It’s not easy to do yourself, but can be done; if you’re twisty and bendy anyway haha. I also recommend using a self tanner that has colour in it, not one that is clear and then tans you, it’s impossible to see where you may streak!
- Do a full exfoliation of the areas you are tanning (even using dry gloves will get the job done)
- Put on gloves to protect your hands from turning orange (the kind that come in box dye for your hair)
- Get a small amount of product in your hands, and very lightly apply to the body part you’re tanning (low leg for example), in a long fluid stoke.
- It’s really hard to describe this next step, but i’ll try…you know if you have lint on your clothes, or are brushing a bug off someones shoulder, you make a downwards flicking motion?!? That’s what you want to do to get the lotion application smooth and not streaky. Do this all over the limb.
- Take a dry face cloth (that you don’t mind getting tan on) and while holding it taught between both hands, buff the area that you just tanned. This helps to ensure you’re not streaky!
- If you have any visible streaks take some water and rub it over the streaky area to help water down the tanning agent, then buff again!!!!
- Apply directly to feet/hands/elbows or knees! The skin is so thin here it will go much darker then you want it too. You want to continue with the downward flicking motion on these areas so the tan sort of “fades out”, if that makes sense
- Shower or bathe for at least 16 hours (time varies between products) unless you want to wash the tan off. This of course may be a good thing if you applied too much product and are orange/too dark. If this is the case exfoliate again in the shower, and it will help to lessen the colour
Kudos for going an alternate route to sun beds! Your skin will thank you for it in the long run 🙂
Post # 5
@michkarose:Very helpful post. I like the idea of buffing the skin and it makes sense, but won’t it just rub off if you just put it on your skin?
Post # 6
@MacFaniam24: It won’t rub off when you buff, unless you buff forever :p All it’s doing is really ensuring you’re not streaky! Of course, if you have obvious streaks, apply some water to that area and then buff to help even things out.
I’m in school taking a Spa Practitioner program, so I’m learning all these tricks, it’s a very fun course! We just started facials, and have hot stone massage tonight <lml>
Post # 7
When getting a spray tan of any kind:
Exfoliate well at home, as PP’s have said.
At the salon apply lotion (they should provide it, but bring your own just in case) to your elbows and knees (if they are dry), soles of feet (up the back of your heels) and palms of hands, and nails. Your elbows, knees and heels are drier areas and will soak up the product more than the other areas. DO NOT apply loation anywhere else. It will be a barrier on your skin and the product will not soak in.
Stand wilth your feet and arms as far away from your body as possible. Keep your arms at a 90 degree angle. So your elbows are level with your shoulder, but your hands are pointed down. Relax your hands so your fingers are slightly bent.
Wear loose fitting clothes, if you can avoid wearing a bra, do so.
Don’t shower for at least 8 hours. The longer the better.
Moisturize daily after to extend the life of your tan.
Post # 8
I LOVE VersaSpa Spray Tans! It took me a time or two to learn the best way to apply the barrier lotion on my hands, but other than that I have no problems! Like the others have said, exfoliating is a must!!!
I’m very fair and I always get the Medium spray and it looks great and it doesn’t streak. The only downsides are the typical fake tan smell a few hours later and you can’t shower for eight hours.
Post # 9
I use to run the spray tanner at a tanning salon. Everything mentioned above is very good advice. I only really have a couple more pointers
1. Like everyone said–dont shower for about 8 hours after application. Also–dont put lotion on for about 8 hours after.
2. With regards to lotions–the salon will most likely try to sell you a lotion to “prolong the life of the tan.” While I believe that most products are a waste of money, I would consider purchasing the lotion if I were you. Many over the counter lotions contain mineral oil, which I believe, can dry out-or diminish your tan.
3. I really would recommend doing a trial run a good month before the big day. You want to make sure that you like what you see.
4. If you are streaky, you can use alcohol, and exfoliants to take away the tan.
5. I would recommend having someone do the spray tan for you–versus going in a booth.
Post # 10
Oh–also, hot tubs and chlorinated water kills spray tans.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone! I’m excited to try it now. Thank you all for your advice 🙂
Post # 12
I did the Mystic Tan a couple of times and I liked it. The new ones, not the old blue box. It is probably what I’ll do for my wedding, a glow so I don’t look my pale usual.