A great looking tan can be a powerful thing. It hides imperfections like stretch marks, scars, evens out your skin tones and gives you great confidence in your body.

We all love fun in the sun and getting that lovely bronze tan, but there are ways to go about achieving that bronze color other than frying your beautiful body. I’m sure there are many readers who also simply don’t have any sun this summer; the weather can be pretty awful at times!

A quality spray tan is a great choice to get that healthy look, and no one will be the wiser. Below I’ve written the best practices to follow to make sure your spray tan looks healthy and lasts as long as possible.

1. Choose your salon wisely

This one’s important, make sure you do your research before you select a tanning salon. Either go off a recommendation or if you don’t have any then check for online reviews. My favourites are ones with great reviews that use quality organic tanning solutions.

2. Exfoliate

Before you get your treatment, you need to ensure your skin is prepared. Exfoliate from head to toe every day in the days leading up to your appointment. This will detoxify the skin so it’s ready for the spray to be applied.

3. No Lotions

You should turn up to appointment clean, but avoid using any lotions. Any deodorant or makeup should also be removed as you want to avoid any reactions that may occur with the tanning lotion which could turn you a funny color!

4. Waxing

Now your body is clean, have it waxed within 24 hours of having the spray tan.

5. Clothing

Wear loose fit clothing which has as little contact with your skin as possible. If you can get away without wearing a bra, then do so. It’s much better than having tan lines across your back or shoulder. For footwear, consider any pedicure-friendly shoes.

6. Shower

When you shower after your spray tan, keep the shower temperature as low as possible. Secondly, don’t use any shower gel that remains on your skin after washing as this can lead to the color fading. Long hot baths are relaxing – but out of the question if you want to keep that lovely color.

7. Moisturize

Proper hydration is a better solution that moisturizer. But if you have to use it, then use a lotion that isn’t oil-based. Oil-based lotion will make that tan fade away much quicker.

8. Exfoliate

Lightly exfoliate to reduce blotchiness. Don’t get carried away and rub the tan away, but a light exfoliate in areas where color builds up will help to even out the tan to make it look natural.

9. Ask

Ask the technician who is applying the tan for the best instructions. Not every treatment follows the same procedures, so make sure you check for the best post-tanning practices.

10. Final Tip

Try to time your spray tan approximately 48 hours before when you want to look your best. If you’re attending a wedding on a Sunday afternoon, visit the tanner on a Friday afternoon. This allows for time for the tan to settle and exfoliate or touch up any areas that are needs. Now go out and get that wonderful skin tone.

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