Are you thinking about getting a spray tan but still have some hesitation? This article is for you! Here, you will find the best advice straight from the experts on how to prepare for and enjoy your spray tan experience. So whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced pro, read on for tips that will have you looking bronzed and beautiful in no time!

What Is Spray Tanning?

Spray tanning is becoming more and more popular in today’s society. Celebrities, models, everyday people are all using this method of sunless tanning to look their best! So what exactly does spray tanning entail?

By now, most people know that spray tanning is the best way to get a perfect tan. This is because it’s quick and easy, but more importantly, the spray tan lasts longer than other methods of getting a tan.  Anyone can do it depending on their schedule and how much time they have available.  But with so many different types of sprays and advice about which type of spray or method of application is best, it can be hard to choose just one spray tanning brand or product.

When you get spray-tanned the technician will start by making sure your skin is clean. No need to take a shower beforehand, but it is important that no dirt or makeup remains on the surface of your skin. A bronzer solution (if you choose to add one) will be massaged into different parts of the body, depending on which areas you want to give some color to. 

When deciding on where this solution goes remember that hands and feet can be left out of the process if desired. The technician will spray your body with a sunless solution, which is an oil-based liquid that feels quite warm when it’s first applied. As time goes by it feels more and more like you’ve got a tan naturally!

What Should I Do Before A Tan?

In order to have the best spray tan possible, it’s essential that you’re prepared. If you want your skin and hair to be free of residue and excess oil, then proper prep is crucial. Here are some things that we recommend:

  • Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing (e.g., shorts and a shirt). You can bring old towels/sheets to sit on as well if needed.
  • Remove makeup before coming in for your appointment
  • Wash and dry your skin, body and face the night before or morning of your appointment
  • Shower thoroughly after washing and drying using an exfoliating scrub or body wash containing salicylic acid. This will remove any dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. You can also use a loofah or washcloth to help with this step
  • Shave the night before if necessary, but be sure you are completely dry before your appointment so that there is no residual water on your skin
  • For best results, wash and dry your hair thoroughly the morning of your appointment.

What Should I Expect During A Spray Tanning Appointment?

There are quite a few misconceptions about spray tanning out there. People think it’s messy, smelly, and not for them. The truth is far from that! Spray tanning can be just as good, if not better than traditional tanning methods because you aren’t exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. It can also be much easier to take care of after your appointment– no more wondering how long the process took or what type of lotion you should be using!

First-timers are often nervous about spray tans, to begin with, but after they experience their first spray tanning session they are forever hooked. Here are some tips every newbie should know before walking into their appointment:

How Long Will I Have To Wait?

Many people are afraid of spray tans because they do not want to look orange. That is why it is important to find a reputable company that can provide an even tan with no orange streaks. If you are nervous about what will happen during the spray tanning process, here are some tips on what to expect.

The spray tanning process takes anywhere from 3-10 minutes. The entire time, the color guide is being sprayed onto your skin in a mist to ensure that no area of your body is missed. Then, you will have to wait for 10-20 minutes while the color sets into your skin. Once this happens, you can shower it off and reveal a beautiful natural tan!

Do I Need To Bring Anything With Me?

Before you go in for your appointment, make sure you know what to wear and how long it will take. You don’t want to bring anything with you because most salons provide robes and disposable underwear– but if they don’t, be sure to wear something simple like shorts and a tank top! As far as the appointment time, you will need to be ready to commit to about an hour and fifteen minutes– most people fall asleep or read a book during this part.

As for what type of product you should use after the process has been completed, not all spray tans require lotion! It is important to ask your technician because some places offer several options as far as lotions go, but it is typically best to keep your pores as clean as possible so steer clear of moisturizers. If you are looking for an easy way to maintain your tan, try exfoliating regularly and moisturizing daily with Shea butter.

When Is The Best Time To Go For Spray Tanning?

Depending on where you live, summer is considered the best season for getting a spray tan. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and everyone seems to be outside doing something fun.

This is not necessarily the best season for spray tanning, however! When it comes to having a spray tan done before you head out into the world or head off on your summer vacation, timing can make all of the difference in how well your tan lasts.

The best times to go for spray tanning are in early spring when the humidity has tapered off but it isn’t yet too hot for long periods of time outdoors – or during late fall or winter when no one else wants to go outside anyway!  Although there are some great options in terms of product lineups this year that have come out in preparation for the summer fun, spray tanning is best done in seasons where you aren’t going to be spending a lot of time outdoors.

Why Is Early Spring The Best Time?

The best time for spray tanning is early spring because it gives your skin enough time to build up a base tan before you go out there and spend hours in the sun. If you like to get regular spray tans every two weeks, this means that you will be doing most of your tanning while you are indoors on your own schedule instead of getting burned on some beach vacation halfway around the world.

However, spraying yourself with color in early spring does not mean that you can hit the beach on Memorial Day weekend like everyone else! You still need to spend some time outside to get the best results. If you are looking for the best advice about spray tanning, this is it!

Can I Do My Own Spray Tanning?

Do not try to do your own spray tan at home because it will look like you just did something terrible to your skin. As everyone knows, there is an art to getting a spray tan and if you do not start with a base color that resembles what your skin tone should be underneath all of that moisture-blocking SPF protection on your face, shoulders, chest, and hands, then no amount of layering on more spray tanner will make it work right.

People who try this end up looking like Oompa Loompas (or worse!) when they are done with their spray tanning session, no matter how carefully they have applied the product.

So, if you’re looking to get that natural-looking glow before your next beach vacation, give us a call today. We offer spray tanning services for all skin types and can help you achieve the perfect tan in just minutes. Trust us – your friends will be wondering how you got so brown without even stepping foot on the sand!

Are You Looking for a Spray Tan You Can Trust?

Spray tanning at Simply Skin Esthetics in downtown Walnut Creek, California is an amazing experience. Our clients keep coming back time after time. Why? Because we care and more importantly we provide spray tans that are safe and long-lasting. Airbrush tanning is a new and safe way of achieving a golden look without the risks of skin cancer, often associated with overexposure from the sun or from a tanning bed. Using an airbrush, a fine mist of bronzer is applied to the body. This tan lasts approximately 7 to 10 days depending on your lifestyle and skin type. Using moisturizer on your skin daily helps keep your tan looking great.That’s why our service is far superior to any you will find in the San Francisco East Bay Area.  We care, and it shows in our repeat clientele.  We feature HydraFacial, Ultrasound Facial, Signature Facial, Mens Facial, Express Facial, Treatments/Peels, Teen Facial and Back Facials! Interested in learning more or scheduling your first session? Contact us now to make your appointment!