Preparing For Your Tan

If you are coming to us for a tan here are some useful tips:

Before:

  • Exfoliate as much as you can leading up to your tan.
  • Moisturise A LOT… EXCEPT the day of your tan – nothing should be on your skin the day you come for your tan
  • * WARNING* … avoid using Aveeno moisturiser prior to your tan as it reacts with the bronzers and you end up green (this is just a reaction and does not affect the end result of your tan but best to be avoided.)
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep your skin hydrated
  • Shave prior to your tan (at least 8 hours if possible) and if getting a wax at least 12 hours prior.

 

After:

  • Wear/bring some loose fitting clothes
  • It is best to not put a bra on straight away…. you have been warned 😉
  • If it is wet out.. Bring an umbrella – or park very close by (lucky I provide parking right outside the salon)
  • If you are getting a 8 hour tan then allow 8 hours to develop (this means no shower and avoiding water and exercise)
  • If you are getting a fast  tan then you may shower anywhere from 1 – 5 hours depending on the product we put you in

 

After your tan the care you take in the first few developing hours makes all the difference… see ‘Getting the best out of your tan’ to get more on after care for your new, lovely golden fabulous tan!

 

Getting the best out of your tan

Should I exfoliate before I get my tan?

People get a little carried away with exfoliation and they scrub their body till it is red. There really is no need for this to happen.
A shower with a face cloth over the body leading up to and on the day before your tan is the best outcome.

 

Should I shave before I come?

  • It is advised to shave or wax the day before you come so your pores have time to close over properly again.

 

What about lotions, perfumes and under arm deodorants?

  • Don’t wear any of these before your tan as it will hinder the solution browning the skin.

 

Tan Killers

  • Long hot showers or baths
  • Using any product with AHA in it
  • Baby oil
  • High UV sunscreens (but remember you are not protected from the suns harmful rays)
  • Dove body wash has been know to take tan off as it had AHA exfoliant in it
  • Swimming in chlorinated pools
  • Lying around in the sand and swimming all day (but hey that’s why you got the tan right?)

 

Making your tan last as long as possible…

Your tan should last for around 7-10 days if you look after it. Some people can only get 3-4 days out of their tan, now there are
many reasons for this but there are other factors as well, including any medication you may be taking, the
time of the month (menstrual cycle) lotions you have applied and even alcohol.

We recommend using moisturizer every day over your tan to help keep the skin nice and plump and keep your tan looking and
lasting as long as possible.  We sell a Tan Extend product also that can be applied as a moisturiser that extends the life of your tan.

 

Removing your tan…

People have claimed that lemon juice, nappy san (not advised), toothpaste, baby oil and even sugar to remove their tans. If you
have had a particularly bad tan we recommend a hot shower for 5 minutes and then use an exfoliating mitt. If you are a regular tanner
and find you get a little build up each week we also recommend using our foaming Tan remover and exfoliating mitt for removing those caught areas.

 

When tans go wrong…

Have you had a bad tan? Here are some reasons your tan may be bad. The tan was blotchy: could be something you have eaten or
some pharmaceutical product, either over the counter product or prescription.
A build up of tan can effect the next tan also.

Hands and feet: On some people the tan absorbs more ,  we have less melanin down there hence why we don’t get brown soles. Have you seen an African mans feet? They are pink not brown. Too much solution on the feet can make them look a little like you have been in the mud so best to lightly mist the foot area, but your experienced tanner will know this.