Spray Tan Tips

I love spray tans!  I get a nice glow without lying in the sun.  Tanning beds are bad news for your skin, but faux glows are safe for your skin.  The first time I got one, I was so scared that I would have streaks.  I'm happy to say that these spray tan tips preventing streaks, so I had a beautiful color for a few weeks.

You can give yourself a spray tan at home with a kit like this Fake Bake one. Instead of a spray, it has a mit that you wear on your hand for more even application.  You can also visit a salon to get a tan.  My husband does airbrushing, so I get a professional tan at home.  Awesome!

How It Works

Self-tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which reacts with dead skin cells to produce a temporary tan. DHA is found in sunless tanning sprays, gels, creams, and lotions you can use at home or get professionally applied at a salon. DHA takes up to 12 hours to react with your skin, so you won't get an instant tan. Some products also contain a bronzer, which darkens your skin immediately, but washes off as soon as you get wet.

Spray Tan Tips

1. Exfoliate

Since DHA reacts with dead skin cells, your tan will fade as these cells naturally fall off. To keep your tan as long as possible and prevent unsightly streaks, use an exfoliator like Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub just before getting a spray on tan. You can also make your own DIY sugar scrub like this one.  As your tan fades, you may get streaks in creases like elbows and knees. Use exfoliator to gently scrub away dark areas and even out your tan.

2. Skip Lotion

Lotion prevents the tanning solution from reaching the skin, so skip lotion just before tanning. Thick lotions can lead to streaks, so use a body oil if you need more moisture on your skin. This can work to your advantage by apply lotion to your knees, elbows, palms, and ankles to prevent them from getting too dark.

3. Stay Dry

Let your spray on tan dry completely before getting dressed. Stand in front of a fan if possible to speed up drying. Be careful not to sweat or get wet for at least 12 hours after your tan. Even a small water drop can create a big streak, so be careful washing your hands so water does not run down your arms or drip on your legs.

With these spray tan tips, you'll get a streak free tan that will last up to two weeks!

Have you ever gotten a spray tan? 

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