How to Self Tan
These instructions can be applied to any method of self tanning including custom airbrush, mystic electronic tanning booth, or self applied self tanning lotions
- Shower and exfoliate before applying ANY self tanning agent no matter what! If you don’t shower, lotions and other residues on your skin could create a barrier to the self tanner which may result in an uneven tan. While many of our clients come to us after a long hard days work, we have to warn you of the possibilities.
- Make sure to shave all important areas of your body before self tanner application. We recommend not to shave on your first shower after the application.
- When applying self tanning lotion, we mix the self tanner with a non scented mild lotion as well. We recommend Avino or Lubriderm. However, this is not recommended if you are planning to use a Mystic tanning booth or a professional airbrush tan. Arrive at your appointment with fresh washed skin. The only lotion that may be applied before an airbrush tan will be barrier cream.
- It is always a good idea to wear loose dark clothing to your tanning appointment. While most self tanners on the market today do not stain, we still like to be safe. We do not recommend wearing tight jeans that will cling to freshly tanned legs or waist lines.
- Wearing makeup to your appointment may prohibit the self tanner from penetrating deeper on your face then what it would without. However this can also be used as a good strategy to keep the tanner on your face a few shades lighter.
After Self Tanning Instructions
- Even if you are in a hurry, WAIT AT LEAST 3 to 5 minutes before getting dressed after self tanner is applied. It is nice to have a small fan handy. This will help you dry faster. In the winter we use a mini heating fan to take away the chill in the air, and it feels great after standing naked with cool mist blown on you.
- Find a sink to wash the palms of your hands so they don’t turn orange. Make sure not to splash water on your arms or anywhere else. This may cause spots on your beautiful, flawless tan.
- Remain dry for the next 6 to 8 hours. DO NOT get your hair done or get a manicure or pedicure. The water will give you an uneven tan.
- Lotion can be applied to the skin after a few hours. The self tanner tends to make the skin feel dry. We like to apply it on all creases including wrists, knees, ankles, armpits, and under the breast area. By doing this, you are blending the self tanner better and decreasing the risk of dark brown lines. Make sure to wash your hands after the lotion application. Remember you don’t want orange palms!!
- You may shower 6 to 8 hours after your tanner is applied. We recommend sleeping in your tanner to get the full development. As time goes by, your tan only gets darker and darker! If you wish to avoid the smell of self tanner on your sheets, we recommend laying towels down first so the smell can be easily removed the next morning.
- Do not use exfoliates or abrasive clothes on your body to wash after you tan. A soft wash cloth is perfect to use, but try not to rub hard. Avoid long or hot showers. This may wash your tan away faster. Do not be alarmed by the brown color washing off your skin. This is not your tan, this is bronzer. Pat dry when drying off. Do not rub the skin
- Do not soak in a hot bath or hot tub. The hot water and the chlorine will eat away the tanner.
- If you sweat excessively during exercise, make sure to apply lots of lotion in perspiring areas before your workout. This will prolong the tan in those areas
- Moisturize the skin as much as possible throughout the week after you tan. Moisturized skin holds in your tan better. If your skin is dry, it will exfoliate itself causing the tan to fade faster. Your tan will eventually fade like a natural tan.
- Sun bathing is OK as well as ocean water after self tanner. However, note that some products contain sunscreen while others don’t. Read labels carefully and ask your tanning professional if the products you are using contain sunscreen. Sun bathing while airbrushed can be dangerous as it is hard to see if you are burning.