Last night I decided I was going to do a spray tan today, before I realized it was going to rain. As I was preparing my skin for the spray tan, so it turns out the best it can, my boyfriend looks at me and goes “God that’s a lot to do just to get a tan” and I realized although I told you about the best self tanners and spray tans I didn’t tell you what to do before and after to get the best results. 

1.The day before your tan you should make sure to shave. Although some of these steps can be done the same day you get the tan shaving isn’t one of them. The tan can irritate your skin if you have just shaved and increase your changes of getting razor bumps. Plus, it can make the tan soak in weird.
2. You can do this the same day or the night before when you take a shower but you need to exfoliate your body! This is probably one of the most influential steps in getting an even beautiful tan.
3. Do not use any oil based products including your soap. Do not put lotion on afterwards, makeup, or perfume. This most likely will leave a residue on your skin which won’t allow the tan to penetrate your skin.
4.However, it is okay to put a small amount of lotion on your elbows, palms, knuckles, and knee caps. These are extremely dry places on your skin and will absorb more of the tan then the rest of your skin making those areas darker. If you are getting it done at a professional salon they will provide you with the lotion when you get there before your tan to cover those spots. 
5. Do not wear any form fitting clothing. Wear flip flops or loose sandals. Avoid socks, sneakers, and boots right after you tan. Lean more towards dark colored clothing so you don’t experience ‘rub off’ from the bronzer. Do not wear under garments that you don’t want bronzer on.  If you are doing this yourself at home I would strongly recommend doing it before you go to sleep at night that way you can put on sweats and a t-shirt and go to sleep.
6. Depending on where you get it done determines what you should wear when actually getting the spray tan. Some places tell you to wear whats comfortable for you which means you can be completely nude or wearing a bathing suit.
7. Some fabrics do permanently stain when coming into contact with tanning solution:  silk, nylon, wool, and polyester.  Avoid these fabrics while your spray tan is developing.


After-Tan Care:(Most tans last 7-10 days with proper care)
1. Do not shower for 8-10 hours. This is why I always suggest doing it closer to the evening or, if self applying, doing it before bed so you don’t have to worry about showering. 
2,  Do not use exfoliate soaps in the shower. Although scrubbing is not the best way to get a spray tan off it will still take some of it off.
3. Pat your body dry with a towel do not scrub your body dry. Even allow yourself to air dry if you can. I do understand that takes time and privacy not everyone has.
4. Do not use white soaps. I am not use what exactly in them is bad but they will decrease the life of your tan. I suggest using liquid soap.
5. You are going to feel dark and gross and feel like every imperfection is highlighted before you shower but it doesn’t stay that way. When you take that first shower and you look down it is going to look like the entire tan washed off but don’t panic that’s normal. You want that layer to come off.
6. Long exposure to water or activities where you sweat a lot will decrease the life of your spray tan.
7. Personally, I use a gradual tanner in between spray tans. It helps keep the color looking nice and it makes it so I can push my spray’s a little bit longer.
8. Don’t fall for the phony “after care lotions” most places will try to sell you I have tried so many. Just use lotion and make sure to moisturize every day.

Personal Tips:(within those 8-10 hours of drying time)
1.When I say do not shower what I really mean is avoid getting wet at all! Try to stay out of the rain, try not to sweat too much, use hand sanitizer on your palms instead of washing your hands. The minimum you should do this for is 8 hours but I would go for 12 if you can. 
2. Dab your face with your napkin after eating. Do not wipe because then you will have white line around your lips which basically gives away the fact that you have a spray tan.
3. Try not to look down a lot. I know this sounds stupid and hard but if you wait for your tan to dry by looking down at your phone searching the web or playing a game you will end up with creases in your neck where it bends.
4. This one is important for self tanners do not bend your arms all the way when you are waiting for you self tanner to dry. Again, if your holding the phone your arms are bent which means your forearm and uppper arm are touching each other rubbing the tan off leaving you with a cute white patch on the inside of your elbow. LOL learned this one the hard way
5. This one was probably the best lesson. If you do this at a salon or in the morning instead of at night DO NOT put sunglasses on. You will sweat at the nose pieces and it will leave ugly lines. Funny for people looking at you but not so funny for you.
6. Doing it at home and want those nice looking abs? Then tighten your tummy and trace around your abs with a little extra tanner, using a makeup sponge or brush.
7. Always rub in circular motions not up and down. 
8. A lot of the places you go to get a spray tan sell at home self tanners. I would invest in a bottle to clean up any areas you could have smudged with water or sweat. Also if the bottles are big enough you can learn to do it at home yourself.
9. If it is your first time getting a spray tan or you have fairy light skin do not chose the darkest shade the tanning place has it will scare you and shock you and you’ll have an anxiety attack.


The MOST IMPORTANT thing I will tell you over and over and over again about self tanning or spray tanning is the PRODUCT  MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE! You can do all of this and still look horrible because you went with a cheaper product. I will say this once, twice, a thousands times, the best self tanner/spray tan/gradual tanner is made by the KONA COMPANY. Products are carried right at Crystal’s Spa in Ithaca, NY or on their website.

Yours Truly,

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