This is the number one question I get from clients when they book their first airbrush tanning session. Prepping your skin properly will help ensure that you get a flawless tan and that it will last long. Preparing for your session is extremely important and should never be overlooked anytime you are going to get a spray tan.
It is imperative that you exfoliate your skin the day before or even for a few days leading up to the Spray Tan. (not the day of) I recommend you use exfoliating gloves rather than a washcloth or loofah ( those do not do a great job) and refrain from a scrub that contains oils unless it is more than a day before your appointment. Oils can leave a film on the skin that can create a barrier and possibly block the spray tan absorption in areas where it is on.
Exfoliation is important so the skin can be a clean even canvas. I always compare it to painting an object. If you are going to paint a piece of wood you always sand it so remove any rough/uneven areas so that the paint will look nice and even. So with spray tanning, if the tanning solution is applied on uneven skin, the older dead skin cells will come off first causing the tan to possibly fade poorly. Do NOT have any existing self tanner or an old spray tan on you . That would be like putting polish over an existing chipped manicure. It might look good the first day or from afar, but when you get close up it looks horrible.
Do any waxing or shaving 24 hours before. And remember..again, no oils, lotions, perfumes or deodorant the day of the tan as they can act as a skin barrier and cause streaking or percent color from being absorbed in areas .
Many people think that they should shower right before the appointment but I highly recommend not to. That is because when you shower, the steam will open the pores and your body gets very hydrated. This can adversely effect the tan because your skin might not absorb all of the solution resulting in a lighter tan and can take longer to dry off. I recommend at least showering 4 hours before by doing a light rinse, with no soap or body wash (except on your armpits & private areas). If you absolutely must shower before your appointment do not use very hot water, and again no soap or body wash and make it a quick rinse.
Now since you have properly prepped you will be ready for your customized airbrush tan. Enjoy your session and get ready to enjoy your tanning experience.
Perfect Glow Mobile Airbrush Tanning is a boutique spray tanning salon and services the South Florida area including Wellington, West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Boca Raton. Come experience the best organic tan with no orange just perfect. For more information please view my website at www.yourperfectglow.com or Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yourperfectglow.com