A consultation will be carried out before each treatment. At the end of each treatment an after-care leaflet may be provided with all the information you will need to get the best out of your treatment.
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 tan.
ANY oily products used prior to your tan may hinder the skins ability to absorb the solution resulting in possible patchiness or total lack of tan and if used afterwards will cause the tan to fade patchy and at a faster rate.
DO NOT USE ANY OILY PRODUCTS
- Wax 48 before your appointment
- Shave 24 hours before your appointment
- Exfoliate 24 hours before your appointment (or use Suntana’s Exfoliating Scrub available to purchase from me for £10 a tube – click here), paying extra attention to heels, ankles, knees, wrists, elbows and all areas where there is any dry skin-DO NOT use shower gel that contains any oils.
- Once done, LIGHTLY moisturise your whole body using an OIL-FREE moisturiser-if unsure DO NOT put anything on your skin after you have showered (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
- DO NOT use any oily products on your skin and keep any deodorant /perfume usage to a minimum or not at all if possible
- During the application wear as much or as little clothing (old if possible), whatever makes you feel most comfortable. I have disposable knickers /thongs, bras and caps 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 (even if you are a little sweaty), as Ph levels in soaps can alter the effectiveness of the tan by stopping the skins ability to absorb the solution fully. A little sweat actually returns the skin to its normal Ph, so aids the tan in an even coverage.
- You will see colour instantly when I have finished spraying. This is a guide colour and will be washed off when you have your 1st shower. The tan will develop under this guide colour and so you may go quite dark in the process. DO NOT PANIC, this darkness will wash away with the guide colour, to reveal your gorgeous tan underneath
- If any areas turn green in the initial development stage that’s perfectly fine. It just means the tan has reacted with some residue on your skin – namely perfumes or deodorants, these will wash off with the guide colour
- DO NOT shower for at least 8 hours or bathe at all for 24 hours. 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 24 hours afterwards as this may strip the tan from the shaved area. If you must shave afterwards, wait at least 24 hours and use a new blade as this will cause less damage to the tan
- 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, but make sure it is oil-free and does not contain the active ingredient DEET.
- DO NOT exfoliate your body (except dry areas such as elbows) as this will cause the tan to fade faster
- DO NOT use exfoliating or oil-containing shower gels as these will also cause the tan to fade faster
Have regular top-ups to keep your skin tanned and to build and extend the life of the tan
Regularly moisturising daily after your tan, is the key to prolonging that sun-kissed look.
(I retail Mang0 Smoothie tan-extending moisturising lotion at £10 a tub)
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 exfoliates 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) and anything that has the word ‘oil’ after it (palm oil, sunflower oil, seed oil, fruit oil, avocado oil, kernel oil, olive oil).