It’s a fact of life…you feel better when you get your glow on and for fair-skinned Zebras like me, I look and feel a lot healthier with a tan!
Since I’m so over the use of tanning beds because I’ve already had a lovely little bout of Basil Cell Carcinoma, I spray tan and use self-tanning lotions!
Check out your local tanning places online first to discover which ones have spray-tanning booths (most do nowadays) and their price per spray tan. Since I spray tan at least once a week. It was more cost effective to join their basic monthly subscription “club” which allows me unlimited spray tanning.
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Get Your Glow On With a Spray Tan
Choose the Clear Non-Tinted Spray.
Unless I’m wanting that “bronzed” healthy glow right way for an event that day/night, I choose the clear (no tinted bronzer) spray. Don’t worry! The color will develop over the next 6 to 24 hours and I find it lasts longer. Plus, it doesn’t get all over your clothes, bed sheets, etc…like the tinted bronzer spray.
Don’t choose the darkest spray tan color!
The darkest color will look fake and we are just going for that healthy, glowing look, right?!
Lose the Makeup!
Because the spray color will just sit on top of your make up instead of soaking into your skin, remove your makeup before your spray tan.
Shave, shower and exfoliate!
Doing this the day before is preferred, but sometimes it’s the same day for me!
Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
Moisturize with body oil or lotion after you get out of the shower so your skin will evenly absorb the spray tan color.
Don’t Let Them Up-Sell You!
This is probably blasphemy, but I don’t get the moisturizing spray, extra leg passes, blah, blah, blah…that most tanning places will try to up-sell you on. If you do shave, shower, exfoliate and moisturize thing before you don’t need all that extra stuff and you’ll save money. (Oh, and I don’t buy the lotions they sell there that claim to boost the length of your spray tan. They’re too pricey!)
Spray tan naked!
Why not?! No tan lines and your undergarments won’t get covered in the solution!
Use the Hairnet the Right Way!
You will most likely find a hair net in your spray tanning room. Pull your hair back into a messy bun with a ponytail holder and put the hair net on. Obviously, this will keep the color off of your hair! However, for a more natural tanned look, pull the front of the hair net back about an inch from front hairline and behind your ears so that they get some color too! Make sure the hair net is also pulled up about an inch from the back nape of your neck as well.
Don’t Skip the Barrier Cream!
You will also find what’s called barrier cream in your spray tanning room. Put this on last. Apply a good amount to the bottoms of your feet, back of your heels, and in between and on top of your toes. Then, apply a good amount to the palms of your hands, inside and in between your fingers, and over your nails and cuticles.
Position Your Head the Correct Way!
Once inside the booth, make sure to look up slightly when facing front so the under side of your chin gets sprayed. Then, look down slightly when facing backward so the back of your neck gets sprayed.
After Your Spray Tan!
Finally, visit the restroom before you leave and wash your hands. If you are worried about washing off the color from the tops of your hands, just wash your palms and in between your fingers.
Get Your Glow On In Between Spray Tan Sessions!
In between spray tans, I use both Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer and Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse.
I’ve used these two products for a long time, especially when I was a professional dancer, to cover tan lines. Plus, the mousse has this amazing shimmer to it that just makes your skin glow!
I put on dishwashing gloves to keep my hands from turning that dreaded orange color. Next, I squeeze a bit of both into one glove-covered palm and mix it together with my hands. Finally, I apply the lotions focusing on one section of my body at a time (i.e. legs, stomach and chest, arms and shoulders, neck and face).
That’s the scoop on keeping up a “natural” glow! Check out my other posts The 7 Best CVID Beauty Products for Women and The Perfect CVID Wigs for Women for more tips on looking better which def helps you feel better!
Stay strong my Zebra friends!