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If you are looking to get your first spray tan soon or you keep wondering why your tan just isn’t right – I have some tips for you

A spray tan technician should ALWAYS take you through these steps, some of them don’t and I have heard horrific stories of unprepared or uneducated spray tan technicians, so I am here to help and make sure you look perfect for your next holiday !

Firstly, you NEED to get rid of the dead skin cells all over your body in order for the tan to grab onto your skin better. Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate!

Shave ONE day before. Do not shave on the day as your pores are still open and the tan will clog them

You cannot apply any creams, deodorants, perfumes, lotions or oils for 24 hours BEFORE your spray tan. The oil and alcohol acts as a barrier and your tan won’t stick.

When going for your spray tan, make sure you have no makeup on, you are not sweaty.

Bring with you a loose dress that is preferably dark in colour, a hair tie if you don’t like sticky hair and clean (old) underwear if you are not comfortable with the disposable the technician provides.

Now, you might be tempted to immediately go show off your bronzed at the beach or the gym. BIG no-no, when you get wet or sweat or even wash your hands – your tan will NOT develop on those areas. So stay away from exercising and pool parties for at least 6-7 hours.

Hydration is KEY! Apply your body cream or lotion every day to keep your tan looking perfect. (Make sure there’s no alcohol in these lotions)

Make sure to ALWAYS do a consultation or a patch test is you are on any medication or have any skin conditions. The technician needs to know how and if the tan will be affected.

Remember a sunless tan is a chemical reaction that takes place on your skin, so make sure you are prepped well, your skin is hydrated, came for a consultation and DO NOT go to the gym or the beach straight after so that nothing affects the development of your tan.