As an esthetician I know the dangers of sunbathing and tanning in the tanning bed. And while I DO it on the occasion; bc who doesn’t love laying around by the pool or on a beach, I prefer a spray tan. There are a couple different ways you can get this much safer alternative! At home, a spray tan booth or a professional who will give you a custom tan. I love the at home and the professional.
When it comes to the booth, I am forever scared after watching that one friends episode. Poor Ross.
My favorite at home spray tans:
Fake Bake – I love both the five minute tan (a very easy to use mousse) and the flawless darker, which is a spray that you apply to a mitt and then your body. I use this often because I can get it from state beauty supply since I have my professional license. But you can always get it at Ulta too. Find it here
St. Tropez – Another mousse style spray tan. Easy to apply and see where you have it. Work fast. I felt like it was already curing while I was applying. Smells amazing, but does not last as long as the Fake Bake. Pick your battles type of thing I assume. Easy to get at your local Sephora. Find it here
My Favorite Spray Tan Lady:
If you are in the Sedalia, MO area, check out Glow on the Go Spray Tanning
She is amazing. It’s a mobile spray tan company, she will come to you. How convenient is THAT?! She uses a product that is used on Dancing with the Stars and it smells heavenly. Not like normal spray tan! You can go in your swimsuit or birthday suit. I know that’s a hard idea to grasp. But trust me, whatever you have got going on, #carladontcare and nobody likes tan lines. But, if that’s just not you, it’s totally cool to go in with swimsuit on!
OK back to the point. *** Squirrel!
Here are five easy tips on how to make the best out of your spray tan whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it!
- Apply your favorite body scrub, day of. Be sure to have exfoliated skin for the tan to adhere to.
- No moisturizer day of, but important to be moisturized! (Make sense?!) LOL If you know in advance that you are getting a tan, make sure to keep your skin hydrated before hand. But day of, shower and no moisturizer.
- Speaking of shower; shave before a tan. But I have found out over the years, don’t shave DIRECTLY before a tan. You’ll end up with dots for a couple days.
- You won’t be able to shower, get wet or sweat for 6-8 hours afterwards. Unless you do a speed tan (2 hours). You can sleep in the tan, it will get on your sheets. Mine always wash clean though, no stains.
- No deodorant or makeup on when tanning. Deodorant can make your underarms green.
Your tan should last up to a week or even a little longer if you keep your skin moisturized after the tan!
LOVE YOU GUYS!!