Preparing Your Skin for the Perfect Custom Airbrush Spray Tan

Achieving that enviable sun-kissed glow has never been easier, thanks to the wonders of custom airbrush spray tanning at Glo Up Salon. But did you know that the secret to a flawless and long-lasting tan begins before you step into the salon? As an expert in skincare and custom airbrush spray tans, I'm here to guide you through the essential steps to prepare your skin for that picture-perfect tan.

Why Prepping Your Skin Matters

Properly preparing your skin is the foundation for a successful and radiant airbrush spray tan. It not only ensures even color distribution but also helps extend the life of your tan. Here's how to do it right:

1. Exfoliate Gently, but Thoroughly

Start your prep a few days before your spray tan appointment by exfoliating your skin. This step is crucial because it removes dead skin cells, creating a smooth canvas for the tanning solution to adhere to. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub or mitt to avoid any harsh abrasion. To prevent over-exfoliation, we recommend gently exfoliating 3-4 days prior. If you over-exfoliate, it will cause your body to hold onto the dead skin even more resulting in a patchy and uneven tan. 

2. Hydrate Your Skin

Well-hydrated skin is more likely to hold onto your tan. In the days leading up to your appointment, be diligent about moisturizing your skin. Focus on areas prone to dryness, such as elbows, knees, and ankles. Opt for a hydrating lotion without any oils, as oils can create a barrier that hinders the tanning solution's absorption.

3. Skip the Oils and Lotions on Tan Day

On the day of your spray tan appointment, it's crucial to arrive with clean, dry, and product-free skin. Oils and lotions can act as barriers, preventing the tanning solution from bonding with your skin effectively. If you've applied any products earlier in the day, make sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin before heading to the salon.

4. Say No to Makeup, Perfume, and Jewelry

It's best to arrive at the salon with a clean slate. Avoid wearing makeup, perfume, or jewelry, as they can interfere with the tanning process. If you can't bear to part with your engagement ring or favorite necklace, it's a good idea to remove them just before the application.

5. Dress Wisely

Choose loose-fitting, dark-colored clothing for your appointment. Tight clothing can rub against your skin and potentially smudge the tanning solution. Dark colors are ideal because any residue is less likely to show, and it won't stain your favorite outfit.

6. Prepare for Aftercare

Once your custom airbrush spray tan is complete, it's essential to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your technician. This typically includes avoiding activities that might cause you to sweat or get wet for a few hours after the application.

The Expert's Tip: Don't Rush the Shower

Finally, while the temptation to shower off the bronzing solution may be strong, resist the urge to do so too soon. Allow your tan to develop fully as per your technician's guidance, typically 8-12 hours, before rinsing it off. Pat yourself dry after your first shower to avoid rubbing off the tan.

By following these expert skincare and tanning tips, you're setting the stage for a beautifully customized airbrush spray tan at Glo Up Salon. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in ensuring that your tan is not only flawless but also long-lasting. Enjoy your radiant, sun-kissed glow!