The Ultimate Guide to Sunless Spray Tanning

This week’s weather has had us in a summer vibes state of mind. Can you believe Memorial Day Weekend is next month? On that note, we’re sharing a few of our all-time favorite sunless spray tanning tips from Dee McLaughlin, owner of Walkin’ On Sunshine.

BEFORE YOU SPRAY, CHECK THESE ITEMS OFF YOUR LIST 

Prior to your sunless spray tan, be sure to take care of the following, which can affect the results of your sunless tan. 

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EXFOLIATING. Start by doing full body exfoliations to remove that sometimes “scaly” winter dead skin, then follow with moisturizer.

SHAVING/WAXING. This should always be done prior to getting your spray tan. Tanning solution will adhere to hair and reduce the effectiveness of the spray tan, potentially resulting in an un-even spray. 

MANI/PEDIS. If possible, try to do this before your special event tan as well. Some of the products used during these beauty treatments are exfoliants. So, if you must do this after your tan, make sure to tell your technician not to use anything that could exfoliate your skin.

MAKE SURE TO PENCIL IN DOWNTIME  

The tanning process takes about 25 minutes, which includes about 15 minutes for the spray and then about 10 minutes of drying time. But you need to wait at least 6 hours to give the DHA time to fully activate. If you wear tight fitting clothing, engage in vigorous physical activity, swim, or shower before your sunless tan fully develops, you run the risk of lines and streaking. 

For athletes and fitness fanatics, it is always best to let your spray tan artist know ahead of time if you have any workouts, games, practices, or rehearsals so we can pick the best day and time for your session. The same applies for brides and their bridal party, and prom-goers. 

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Use a MOISTURIZER THAT PROLONG SPRAY TANS 

For those looking for a moisturizer to prolong your tan, Walkin’ On Sunshine loves Amir Argan Oil and Mina Organics Hemp Moisturizer, and so does their clients. Both products are also available at Walkin' On Sunshine. Word of caution: avoid anything oil-based around your eyes, especially if you're wearing lash extensions.

DON'T FORGET OIL-FREE SUNBLOCK! 

You should be wearing sunscreen year round, not just during the spring. But if you're planning on getting spray tanned frequently, be sure to invest in some oil-free sunblock because it will keep your sunless tan looking sweet while on sunny excursions and trips to the BEACH!

Also if possible protect your skin further by layering up with protective clothing and stay in the shade. 

GOT TAN LINES? A SPRAY TAN CAN CAMOUFLAGE THAT!

Ideally, you’ll avoid skin exposure, but hey, things happen. If you have light or dark tan/pinkish lines, a spray tan can absolutely blend them to the perfect all over bronze!

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THIS TIME OF YEAR IS BUSY, BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ASAP 

To schedule your pre-wedding, prom, graduation, vacation, beach, and summer party spray tans, call 302-545-6124 to book your appointment at one of Walkin’ On Sunshine’s two locations: La Belle Studio in Middletown, or Maureen's Hair Salon and Day Spa in Wilmington's Pike Creek area!