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PREPARING FOR YOUR AIRBRUSH TAN
Exfoliate well a few days before if possible, especially if you are prone to dry skin, and moisturize well for a week before. DO NOT MOISTURIZE on the day you come in for your tan.
Wear loose clothing, to wear after your tan- nylons and other tight clothing or shoes may dislodge the tanning solution even if you are completely dry when leaving, sweats, shorts and flip flops work great. If you wear shorts, it is a good idea to bring an old towel for you to sit on for the ride home.
Wear you hair back or in a pony tail.
Choose dark clothing, or something old to be tanned in as solution will stain clothing.
Don't wear makeup, lotions, deodorant or other body products before your tanning
Give your tan about 8 hours before showering, exercising or otherwise getting wet. Do not be surprised when you see the color guide of the solution wash down the drain - it is NOT your tan. Your own natural sun kissed tan will be underneath
Moisturize your skin regularly after tanning - avoid Dove products or products that contain mineral oil as they may cause early fading.
Pamper the skin your in after you have an airbrushed tan. After showering, use a gentle patting motion rather than rubbing your skin dry.
Expect products with glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy and other "exfoliating" ingredients to also prematurely fade your tan. These products are made to exfoliate skin and anything that exfoliates skin will also take your tan with it.
Don't spend long periods of time in the water while having an airbrush tan. Go in for shorter periods of time. Water makes your skin soft and will make it exfoliate quicker, thereby shortening the length of your tan.
How often you will need to refresh your tan depends...
Skin condition: Some people have dryer skin and flake a lot, some don't. Oily skin will retain a tan longer than dry skin.
Exfoliation: If you did not exfoliate properly, your tan may start to flake much sooner than it should. Since the chemical process affects only the top layer of skin, as your skin sloughs off, your tan can go with it. Your skin must be smooth and clean to get a smooth, clean tan. The more you tan, the easier it is to see the skin you need to exfoliate.
Tight clothing: Any piece of clothing that generally chafes the skin will cause the skin and the tan to rub off with it. This also applies to the foot area and shoes.
After obtaining your base tan, you can generally get by with tanning once a week. The less time you expose your tan and skin to water the longer your tan will last.
Get in the habit of moisturizing your skin morning and night between tanning sessions.
Try to shave the night before tanning and not right before you go for your session.
The time of year will affect your skin, and therefore, your tan. As your skin changes with the seasons, you will need to keep dry skin moisturized.
Long hot baths or showers are death to tans (but great for preparing to exfoliate). The skin soaks and softens with length of time exposed and speeds up the exfoliation process.