Whether you are headed to a tropical vacation or you simply want to up your confidence with a subtle glow, sunless tanning is the new must-experience trend in the tanning industry. There are no UV rays to worry about, the results are evident within a few hours, and your tan looks amazingly natural. Follow these spray tan tips to get the best looking, natural tan possible.

Before Your Spray Tan:

The way you treat your skin before your spray tan is paramount to how impressed you will be with the results. Treat your skin well with these tips:

  • Rinse all of the soap and shampoo off in the shower. If you think it’s all gone, do one more rinse just to make sure.
  • Skip the deodorant, lotion, and makeup. They put a barrier on your skin so the spray tan doesn’t absorb as well as it needs to.
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate. The top layer of your skin needs to be as smooth and clean as possible so that your spray tan gets applied evenly. As an added bonus, exfoliating with a product specifically made for spray tanning can extend the life of your color by three days.
  • Bring along dark, loose fitting clothing to wear after your spray tan. Even though the sunless tanning solution we use won’t stain your sheets or couch, you do want something that won’t rub against your spray tan during its setting phase.

After Your Spray Tan

Now that your spray tan is complete and you are looking gorgeous, it’s time to take some extra precautions to make sure your new glow lasts:

  • Avoid any kind of moisture for at least eight hours so your spray tan has enough time to develop. This includes water from a pool or shower and sweat from working out.
  • Use a spray tan extender like those available behind the counters at Tommy’s Tanning. The ingredients help pull the spray tan deeper into your skin and can protect and extend your spray tan significantly.
  • Omit the soap on the first shower you take after receiving your spray tan. Using only water will get off the excess sunless tanning solution without washing away any of the parts you need to stay. Even after that, try to stay away from shampoos and soaps that contain alcohol because they will dry out your skin.
  • Use lotion after every shower. This is when your pores are open and your skin is the most receptive to the benefits. If you can remember to apply it at least one other time during the day, even better. Supple skin will help your tan look better and last longer, so it’s worth the few minutes it takes to put on a good moisturizer.

Spray tanning is an easy, quick, safe way to get a sun-kissed glow, and as long as you follow the above tips, you are sure to fall in love with your results—and wonder how you lived without sunless tanning. At Tommy’s Tanning, we are all about you loving your tan, so come in today to give spray tanning a try! With 14 locations across Connecticut, we are sure to be nearby.