Today there are a variety of ways to safely achieve a beautiful, bronzed, healthy-looking glow without sun exposure. There are many sunless tanning options available that are a great alternative to the harmful UVA/UVB rays you will receive from the sun. One of our personal favorites at Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa is spray tanning. Spray tanning will give you a beautiful natural tanned appearance that will make your skin look like it is “sun kissed” without the harmful effects of the sun.
Many people have never had a spray tan before because they are too self-conscious and worried they may move the wrong way and have an uneven spray tan. At Advanced Aesthetics, we make sure to give specific step-by-step instructions to ensure that every patient leaves with a very natural-looking spray tan. Depending on your comfort level, you are welcome to wear undergarments or swimwear. For best results, we suggest shaving and exfoliating the skin the night before.
If you come in for a spray tan at Advanced Aesthetics, the following steps will be followed.
- You will be asked to apply moisturizer to dry areas of the body, such as the ankles, hands, knuckles, knees, and elbows. This will help prevent the tanning solution from being absorbed too heavily into dry skin and crevices in the skin. This will help to give a smooth even look on all areas of the body.
- You will be asked to stand with the front of the body facing the aesthetician who will be providing the spray tanning treatment. Once an even layer is applied, you will be instructed to turn in several directions, which helps ensure that each part of the body is tanned evenly. This process can be repeated as many times as needed to achieve the level of color desired. When determining the number of layers you will need, keep in mind the solution will darken over the next 4-6 hours to its full shade.
- Once you have completed the spray tanning process, it is time to let the tanning solution dry. It is recommended to allow the solution to dry for at least 10 minutes before applied any clothing. You will stand in front of fans specifically made for spray tanning. This is to prevent the tanning solution from rubbing off on any clothing. (It is always a good idea to bring dark clothes to wear initially after the spray tan just in case it comes off on your clothes. Keep in mind the solution will wash out of clothing if it does rub off.)
- You should wait four to six hours after your spray tan to shower. During the initial shower after the spray tan, you will see excess solution wash away. This is normal and the spray tan solution has already set into the skin and you will then see your final desired shade!
To keep your spray tan looking fresh it is recommended to come in every one and a half to two weeks to refresh your tan!
Next, read about Waxing.