During the winter, skin is usually at it's fairest for many people living in cooler climates. The days are shorter, and the cold weather seems to last forever. While there is an end in sight with spring just around the corner, now is the time to get glowing in a healthier way.
Sunless tanning continues to be a popular option as more spa-goers realize the harmful effects of the damaging ultra violet rays and seek effective alternatives. As a result sunless tanning companies are developing formulas that are not only safer but longer lasting as well.
Sometimes, it really is what's inside that counts. Sunless tanning formulas have come a long way since the days of unnatural colour and a foul smell. In fact, many of today's formulas contain components that prevent those negative effects and also provide benefits to the skin.
Sunless tanning is a reaction between DHA and the proteins in your skin that occur in your outermost layer, the epidermis. Approximately 25% of the epidermis sheds every 7 days. As your skin cells naturally shed, so does your tan. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the most from your sunless tan application.
Spray Tan Do's & Don'ts
Proper application is the key to a natural-looking and long-lasting tan. Sunless tanning experts agree that there is a wrong and a right way to apply the formula. Here are some handy tips to pass along:
Shower and exfoliate really well before the application as it gets rid of dead skin cells.
Do not apply any lotions or perfume and make sure to remove your makeup and deodorant beforehand.
Hydrate by drinking lots of water and eat your greens to enhance and deepen the colour of the spray tan.
Avoid any products with essential oils or moisturizers before your spray tan application. They can leave a thin film on the skin which can affect the development of the tan or create a barrier that causes a streaking effect.
At Home Skin Prep Tips
Prepping your skin for a sunless tanning application is an essential part of the process. We encourage our guests to take the necessary steps to ensure an even & longer lasting results.
Wait at least 8 to 10 hours after the application before showering.
Do not apply moisturizer until after your first shower. After that, be sure to moisturize with an alcohol free water based moisturizer.
Do not exercise and try to avoid sweating until after your first shower.
Do not exfoliate the skin for at least 48 hours after the sunless tanning application. When you do exfoliate, be gentle as the spray tan can be scrubbed off.
If you are planning on being in the sun make sure you use sunscreen. You can also use a tan extender to make the tan last longer.