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The Perfect Spray Tan Routine

Spray Tan Updated November 2, 2022

It’s that time of the year, that’s right silly season is upon us! No holiday, spring or summer outfit is complete without the perfect spray tan. There is nothing quite like sunkissed, glowing skin to be the perfect accessory for all events this season.

What spray tan types do we offer?

Essential Beauty offers a range of spray tan options to create the perfect colour and tone on your skin. We offer medium, dark, and express-coloured tans. Depending on how long you leave your tan on your skin post-appointment, the difference in the colour will be. We have a rough guide below, which explains development times and the colours:

We also offer unique solutions like a double spray tan for clients who are after an ultra-dark look. Ask your Beauty Therapist about our double spray method to achieve the perfect colour, two light sprays will help to coat your skin and build depth to your colour.

Another option we offer is a half body spray tan service. This is perfect for those who have events coming up but have an outfit that is covering up the majority of their skin. You can choose from a lower body, or upper body spray tan. The perfect way to feel confident, beautiful, and ready for events and more!

When to book in your appointment?

We recommend booking your appointment for 2-3 days before your event. This gives you enough time for developing the colour, and to make sure it’s the perfect tone for your event. We also like to give enough time to be able to continue moisturising for perfect, glowing skin!

How to prepare for your spray tan?

To get the perfect spray tan, it is important to take appropriate preparation measures. See below some of our top tips.

  • Shave, wax or remove hair no more than 24-48 hours before your appointment
  • Moisturise heavily 24-48 hours before your appointment, stop moisturising 24 hours before the service. Use Nourish Body Moisturiser with Hair Growth Minimiser to keep your skin supple and hydrated. Shop online or in salon!
  • Shower and thoroughly exfoliate your body to remove dead skin cells. Pay extra attention to dryer areas like elbows & knees.
    To exfoliate your skin for a spray tan use Prep Exfoliating Body Scrub & Mask. Prep is great for preparing skin for a spray tan or wax, Prep protects, hydrates and detoxifies skin. Shop online or in salon!
  • Do not apply deodorant, moisturiser, perfume, or any other products to your skin
  • Come to your appointment wearing loose and dark clothing
  • We recommend wearing easy-to-remove footwear like slides or thongs
  • Choose if you will either wear underwear during the service, a disposable G-string or nothing at all. We’ll accommodate to whatever you feel most comfortable with!

How to make your spray tan last longer?

To make your spray tan last longer we recommend the following tips:

  • Wear loose clothing to avoid friction on your skin from tight clothes
  • Only rinse off your tan after you have left it on for the appropriate time for your desired colour. See our Wash & Wear Guide above!
  • Avoid using an exfoliator on your skin, or rubbing with towels post-shower
  • Moisturise daily to prolong your tan, and for healthier looking skin. Use Nourish Body Moisturiser leaves skin feeling silky and nourished all day, non-greasy and fast absorbing formula is the perfect addition to your waxing and daily routine.
  • Avoid soaking in baths for extended periods
  • Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools for extended periods of time with a fresh tan
  • Avoid facials, pedicures, manicures, shaving or waxing during a fake tan. These treatments will risk exfoliating and removing colour from the skin.
  • Use Glow Radiant Body Oil to accentuate and highlight your sunkissed glow. Glow helps your bronzed skin to stand out, it’s perfect for a beach day or an event – no matter why you have your spray tan!

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