It’s a fact of life…you feel better when you get your glow on. 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 to discover which ones have spray-tanning booths (most do nowadays) and the price per spray tan.
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 non-tinted 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!
Remove your makeup before your spray tan so the spray color will soak into your skin.
Shave, shower and exfoliate!
Doing this the day before is preferred, but sometimes it’s the same day for me! Grab a pair of exfoliating shower gloves that will get the job done best.
Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
Moisturize with body lotion after you get out of the shower so your skin will evenly absorb the spray tan color. I like this thick and rich feeling Aveeno moisturizer.
Don’t Let Them Upsell 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 upsell 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.
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 wear dishwashing gloves to keep my hands from turning that dreaded orange color. Then, I squeeze a bit of both into one glove-covered palm and mix it together. Finally, I apply the lotions focusing on one section of my body at a time.
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