Spray Tanning – What To Expect

Spray tanning has become a modern fashion phenomenon. It is a brilliant way of avoiding both the shocking risks of skin cancer associated with regular sun bathing and sun beds, and also the streaky, orange look that gives self-tanning lotions and mousses a tacky reputation.

The high-quality results of spray tanning meant that only a few years ago it was reserved for celebrities and the very rich – now however, there is somewhere offering the treatment in most communities. Often it is easily available from hairdressers, salons or specialist businesses.

What happens when you go to the salon will vary, but most reputable providers will ask you to fill out a record card. This is important, as it informs the salon assistants of any allergies you have, and also, by recording your weight and height, allows them to calculate more exactly how much sunless-tanning solution you will personally need.

It is also recommended, and in some places will be required, that you ask for a patch test twenty four hours before you plan to tan. This minor inconvenience could prevent an uncomfortable and unsightly allergic reaction – and is therefore all the more important before a spray tanning, which will cover most of your body.

There may be changing rooms or a special area where you can undress to your underwear. This is the part most new customers are nervous about, but it is completely unnecessary, as the salon assistants are experienced professionals. They are doing their job, not judging the bodies of their clients, and would generally be disciplined for making jokes or personal remarks. And contrary to some high school myths – spray tanning never, ever requires full nudity!

The streak-less, natural-looking effect achieved through spray tanning is a result of the body being covered with a fine mist of tanning solution, rather than having a cream or mousse rubbed in inaccurately by hand.

Before you go to your spray tanning appointment, it is very important to prepare yourself properly, or the results will be affected. Do not wax or shave less than a day before your spray-tan, as this increases the chance of irritation. However, before you go to your session exfoliate your skin to create a smooth surface.

If you want to wear your own underwear, rather than the paper ones provided by the salon, it should be dark or old, as there is a high risk of staining. Additionally you should arrive at the spray-tanning appointment in loose clothing, as tight clothing may rub the bronzer off in the first twenty four hours. If you take all these precautions, you could be enjoying a flawless, natural, glowing tan all this summer, and winter too!

Jacqueline