You may be wondering what it means to pay for a brown tan if you can go outside and soak up Vitamin D for free. While it is true that spray tan costs you a lot more financially, it costs you much less in terms of possible sun damage: premature aging, dark spots sunspots, and even skin cancer. On the other hand, spray tanning offers a safe, sunless glow.
And unlike sun damage caused by UV rays, spray tanns are only temporary. "DHA, the active ingredient in sunless tannins, is derived from sugar – mainly beets – and reacts with the amino acids on the epidermis and turns brown," Kristyn Prada's prominent tanning artist, whose clients include Ariana Grande and Ashley Graham says SELF. "So, if your skin cells deposit, your sunless tan will shed by itself. Therefore, a sunless tan will only last for between seven and ten days."
The other major ingredient in spray tanning is Bronzer, which you may only notice for a few minutes become. sometimes seconds ̵
With all the effort and expense, you should make sure that your tan will be even and long-lasting. That's why we've turned to the Spray Tan professionals to find out what you should do in the days and hours before your appointment.
. 1 Do not use a self-tanner
It's not easy to be pasty, especially if you're used to a bronze glow, but resist the temptation to use self-tanner and even tinted moisturizer . These products can cause your spray tan to look uneven and spotty when they subside, warns Pradas.
Save your self-tanner for after your spray tan. "You can use a self-tanner a few days after the spray tan to extend the life of the tan," she says. "If you add a self-tanner via a spray tan, you should easily flake off some of your dead skin cells, as this results in a more uniform color."
. 2 Do not take a hot shower
A hot shower may feel relaxing, but steam opens all pores and allows your spray tan to dip unevenly into your skin. This will leave you brown spots on your body for about a week – not exactly the look you count on! If you need to take a shower before you tan your spray, Pradas recommends that you finish with an ice-cold rinse, as long as you can close and tighten the pores. If you can not cope with a cold shower, you can also slip an ice cube over the skin to close and tighten the pores.
. 3 Do not Grow or Shave
Although both hair removal procedures appear to be a harmless part of your cleaning routine, they should be performed at least 24 hours before the tanning session, ideally one to two days afterward. When waxing, there is a risk that wax residues may remain on the skin, which if left unchecked, may leave unbranded, lighter patches on the skin, says Klaudia Suszczynska, an airbrush tanner from New York, to SELF.
It also emphasizes that the heat of the wax opens your pores, making it easier for the self-tanner to seep in and leave stains on the skin. "There is also a risk of irritation, as existing tears, cuts or rashes – caused by wax or not – can be aggravated by the tanner depending on the product used and can also lead to an uneven color, even if no additional effect occurs irritation occurs on, "she adds.
The same goes for shaving because your skin takes time to heal from razor cuts or scratches. Pradas recommends shaving one day before tanning and using a washcloth or peeling glove with a non-moisturizing soap or body wash after shaving to remove any residue. " Hamamelis can also help remove moisturizing residue," she adds.
. 4 No facial treatment
If you have a total TLC day, you can choose to have a facial or spray tan – you just do not have both. "Facials should be avoided before the tanning session as the tanner goes into the open pores of the skin and forms patches of mid-pores on the skin," says Suszczynska. For this reason, she recommends waiting at least one day after the facial treatment and until the irritation subsides to ensure a uniform spray. Alternatively, you can simply spray your body and cover your face, although this can lead to a uneven appearance.
. 5 Do not wear tight clothing
Wear loose, flowing clothing (or an outfit you do not care if it gets dirty with bronzer) on your spray tanning session. It takes up to 15 minutes – longer than most people think – for DHA and Bronzer to dry so you not only rub away the tan, but also stain your clothes when it's too tight. Skip your bra if you can help, and definitely leave your skinny jeans and yoga pants at home.
. 6 No laser treatment obtained
After a skin care treatment with lasers like Fraxel, a tanning tanning should never be performed. This is due to the fact that the upper layers of skin will peel off and the tan will go, according to Suszczynska. "Lasers can also leave dry areas or stains on the skin, and the tanner will darken in those areas," she adds. For these reasons, she recommends waiting for your skin to completely peel off after laser treatment before tanning. Alternatively, if your laser treatment was only done on your face, you can just have your body injected.
. 7 Do not tan outside or in a tanning cabin
Whether you're intentional or just spending too much time outdoors (without sunscreen), a real tan can make your tan look unnatural. This is above all a no, if you have a sunburn since a spray browning gives your tan only a reddish or orange hue. If your sunburnt skin peels off, your spray tan will also peel off, which makes you multi-colored, warns Pradas.
Sunbeds are not safe either. While you think you are creating a base tan, your spray tanning results will last longer, the only thing you can really do is burn the top layer of your skin. If your skin shuts off from burns, wait for the exfoliation to stop before you get tanned.
. 8 Do not use acne medication
This may be part of your skincare ritual, but it is not a good idea to use a topical acne medication of any kind on your face or body before tanning. "Most acne medications, including facial cleansers containing salicylic acid (19459004) and / or benzoyl peroxide (19459047), will dry out the skin, which has an effect on tanning," Suszczynska told SELF. "It can make the tan dark in some areas and peel off in others, which can lead to uneven results."
If possible, she recommends stopping using these products a few days before the tan completely fades. If your acne medication is unavoidable, it suggests not to spray your face and only have your body. But it is not just a topical acne medication that you should avoid. "Oral acne medications such as Accutane can also cause severe dehydration of the skin, which can also affect the tan," she adds. "It is therefore recommended that you do not get tanned while using this medication."
. 9 Do not exfoliate too much Skin
The tan exfoliation helps to prepare the skin for optimal tanning, to discard dead skin cells and to reveal a fresh, fresh slate. That is, do not go. "Excessive exfoliation can cause skin irritation, minor scratches and excessive dryness," says Suszczynska. "The tanner is darkening in these areas, resulting in uneven browning." Instead, she suggests gently exfoliating the night before using a loofah or an oil-free scrub, such as Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle oil-free exfoliation. $ 7.
10th Do not wear deodorant with aluminum.
Do not move the deodorant until after your tan. "The aluminum turns your armpits green with a spray tan, which will definitely stay a few days – not nice, believe me," says Pradas. If you really need help in the fight against B.O., it suggests using a deodorant without aluminum such as Tom's of Maine, Natural Deodorant Stick 
11. No eyelash lengthening
Experts agree that it's best to wait for a tan one or two days after eyelash extensions, as the new eyelashes should not get wet for 24 to 48 hours. "Although a spray tan should not get enough wet [the lashes] to cause problems, washing the face can help remove the spray tan properly," says Suszczynska. "Some customers want to cover their eyelashes while they are being sprayed, but it's worth noting that this may leave unwanted tan lines around the eyes."
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12. Gentle exfoliation
If you should do something before entering the spray tanning booth, your body will be gently peeled. "This results in a flat skin surface on which the tanning can be applied, resulting in a consistent finish color that fades out at the same time," explains Jules Von Hep Sprühgerber of celebrities and co-founder of vegan Selbstbräunerlinie Island of paradise . For an optimal exfoliation, use an oil-based exfoliation – ideally one day before your scheduled appointment.