Before & Aftercare Advice

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With the increasing awareness of the dangers of sun-beds and sun-bathing, spray tans are now in high demand. So, follow the points below
and you will be well on your way to having a
’safe and sun-free’ gorgeous sun-kissed look.

BEFORE

  • Wax 48 before your appointment
  • Shave 24 hours before your appointment
  • Exfoliate 24 hours before your appointment, paying extra attention to elbows, knees, heels, ankles and all areas where there is any dry skin. Once done, LIGHTLY moisturise with an oil-free moisturiser (if in doubt, do not moisturise at all) your whole body  (if having a top-up tan, only exfoliate if any areas have faded patchy)

ON THE DAY

  • Remove ALL makeup, cosmetics and jewellery before I arrive
  • During the application wear as much or as little clothing (old if possible), whatever makes you feel most comfortable. I have disposable knickers, bras, caps and masks if you prefer not to use your own
  • Once your tan is applied, wear loose dark clothing, or if staying at home go naked!
  • You can apply clear nail polish to finger and/or toe nails to stop discolouration, but I do apply barrier cream to nails and this is enough to protect them
  • Do not shower immediately before the tan, as PH levels in soaps can alter the effectiveness of the tan by stopping the skins ability to absorb the solution

AFTER

  • DO NOT shower for 8 hours or bathe at all for 24 hours (preferably keeping prolonged exposure to water i.e. baths to a minimum). Sleeping in the tan is quite safe, although do not touch your body with your palms (apply a light layer of cream to act as a barrier and prevent orange/brown palms). Also, please be aware that it may stain silk bedding, but will wash off most materials
  • DO NOT shave for at least 12 hours afterwards as this may strip the tan from the shaved area - use a new sharp razor if you really must shave
  • If staining occurs on your feet, using a pumice stone will remove this
  • USE suntan lotion as there is not any protection from UV rays within the solution, be careful to check for DEET, as this will cause the tan to fade quicker
  • DO NOT exfoliate your body (except dry areas such as elbows) as this will cause the tan to fade faster
  • DO NOT use exfoliating shower gels as this will also cause the tan to fade fast
  • Have regular top-ups to keep your skin tanned and to build and extend the life of the tan

MOISTURISATION

Regularly moisturising daily after your tan, is the key to prolonging that sun-kissed look.
The best moisturiser is one that is NOT oil-based and contains less than 1% AHAs.
AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids are fruit acids, which are weak organic acids derived from numerous sources-grapes, pineapple, papaya, apples, sugar cane, maple, lemon, lime, willow bark, yoghurt, cider and blackberries and they all play an important role in skin care.
They are natural exfoliants that along with various functions loosen and dissolve dead cells from the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis-skin). So, if you were to use a moisture cream containing more than 1% AHAs the cream would act like an exfoliant, REMOVING the tan from the body and decreasing the melanogenesis process-the production of the pigment melanin which defines your skin colour.

To find out if a cosmetic contains an AHA, look on the list of ingredients. AHA ingredients may be listed as:

Glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, glycolic acid+ammonium glycolate, alpha-hydroxyethanoic acid+ammonium alpha-hydroxyethanoate, alpha-hydroxyoctanoic acid, alpha-hydroxycaprylic acid, hydroxycaprylic acid, mixed fruit acid, tri-alpha hydroxy fruit acids, triple fruit acid, sugarcane extract, alpha hydroxy and botanical complex, L-alpha hydroxy acid glycomer in cross linked fatty acids alpha nutrium (three AHAs).


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