A while back, for you to get a spray tan, you had to visit your local saloon. This means that you would have to pay more for something that you can actually do all by yourself. As a matter of fact, you can even do it better. With the increased advancements in spray tan tech, you can give yourself that perfect glow at the comfort of your home. All you need to have are the required spray tanning products and following the procedure laid out below.
Step 1: Have the Right Tanning Products at Hand
A tan is only as good as the products used. You should, therefore, make sure you get the products required. When getting spray tanning products, consider quality and brand reputation.
Step 2: Adequate Preparation
The second step is preparing your body for the application. Always make a habit of prepping your body always before you spray tan yourself.
The skin usually consists of dead cells, dirt, and oil which is usually picked up on the environment. Spray tanning yourself with these impurities on your body can make it difficult for your body to get perfect coverage. Take time to shave and exfoliate your skin. Doing so will help increase the lifespan of the tan.
Step 3: Take a Shower and Apply Hydrating Lotion
Taking a shower will help get rid of the dirt and oil on your skin. The hydrating lotion plays a role in smoothening your skin. Apply more hydrating lotion/ moisturizer on rough areas such as the elbows and knees.
Step 4: Begin Spraying Yourself from Head to Toe or Vice Versa
Once your body is clean, you can begin spray tanning yourself. You will however first need to shake up the spray tan so that you mix the formula and you also need to wear a pair of gloves.
This is the most crucial part. Start by spraying yourself from top to bottom or vice versa. Most people are usually comfortable with starting from the feet as they go up. Make sure that you spray in a circular motion. When it’s time to spray the face, you can either do it directly or apply it using your gloves or a soft cloth.
A great alternative to spray tanning is airbrush tanning which entails applying a DHA solution on to your skin with the aid of an airbrush. This procedure usually takes longer than spray tanning but its effects are good. Thanks to the brush, the tan is evenly applied and it lasts a bit longer. But, the procedure is similar to the one used in spray tanning. You will have to first prepare your body.
Step 5: Do some Final Touches
To finalize, thoroughly assess your body and try to blend any visible streaks using your gloves. Give the tan some time to dry off. Once it dries up, put on some clothes preferably dark and loose clothing to avoid rubbing off of the tan. Make sure that you don’t shower in the next eight to ten hours so that the tan gets enough time to settle.
After it dries up, you can inspect your body and look for darker areas. You can apply some lemon on these parts. The acid is great at toning down the darker areas. A well-done spray tan can last for around five to ten days. To make your tan last longer, moisturize your skin and avoid oil based lotions. Exfoliate after two or three days, but make sure you use a formula that will be gentle to the tan.