Common spray tan problems and how to fix them!
A spray tan can seems like something easy, but a spray tanning gone wrong can ruin your week. It’s amazing what a spray tan can make you feel though! It makes me more confident and happier. I come in my best spirit. I work out harder, eat less, care more for the way I dress.
So You Boutique wants to make sure you have the BEST spray tan and spray tanning experience. Here are a few common spray tanning problems and how to fix them. Just like with sun tanning, spray tanning is affected by the choices that you make. A sun tan can look natural, beautiful and healthy, or it can look terrible depending on what you did (stayed out in the sun too long, put on sunblock in patches).
~Hands fade much faster, face fades much faster
Any spray tanner will tell you that the two areas that fade the fastest are the face and the hands. There is a very simple reason for this: hygiene. Your hands and face undergo a more rigorous hygienic routine than the rest of you. You wash your hands and face with products, hence it exfoliates faster.
The Fix: Simple: stop washing your hands after using the bathroom! Or you could get a tan extending moisturizer specifically designed to give back some of the tan your hands and face lost and keep your spray tan fading evenly. Personally, I recommend the second option. So You Boutique’s MDFACE and Souffle are a must.
~Too much tan on face
The Fix: If the tan has already set then take a nice warm bath (with wine if needed) and exfoliate using either your best exfoliant or a DIY lemon and sugar scrub.
The Fix: Don’t put on deodorants, or for a less stinky option: wear deodorants all day, but exfoliate under your arms before your spray tan.
~Rain on your spray tan appointment
The Fix: Just like why you want to avoid spilling water on yourself, excessive sweating, or going for a swim while your spray tan is developing, you’ll also want to hold off on your romp through the rain until after your tan has fully set and you’ve rinsed off the bronzers!
~Bad sunburn weeks earlier can affect a tan
Your skin is pretty amazing stuff! It’s very forgiving when it comes to what we do to it. We cut it, get it dirty, burn it, moisturize the heck out of it, throw fragrances on it, and color it with spray tan solution. Sometimes you can cut yourself so badly that you leave a scar, sometimes your skin is too oily from years of mistreatment.
Likewise, if you get a bad sunburn your skin can take weeks to heal. This will affect your tan by causing the most serious areas of burned skin to absorb less DHA, thus creating a patchy appearance to your tan.
The Fix: Always use proper sun protection! Exfoliate the best you can, hydrate, and moisturize it until the day of your tan. Mix baking soda with water to create a thick paste and exfoliate with it to balance your skin’s PH.
~Lines on knees/elbows
The Fix: Listen to your spray tan professional and work that pose!
Shaving is one of the most severe forms of exfoliation you can have: you are taking a razor and dragging it across your skin. In regards to beards: beards are made of thick, coarse hair and often block most or all of the tanning product being sprayed over them. Because of this the skin beneath the hairline will be significantly lighter than the skin outside the hairline (keep in mind this is also true for people shaving their heads too!)
~Spray tan smells like alcohol,cough syrup, or has other strong fragrances/odors
Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as “DHA smell”, “After tan odour”, or “Spray Tan Stink”. DHA is a colorless, flavorless, odorless derivative from sugarcane or sugarbeets. The bad smells, overpowering fragrances, or strong alcohol odors that you are experiencing are from how the spray tan solution was formulated and manufactured. Oftentimes these smells are due to the oils that are used in many solutions to combat the natural drying effects of DHA. Sometimes these fragrances can take away from a client experience, or even cause an allergic reaction.
The Fix: Look for a company that offers fragrance-free solutions. So You Boutique uses Body Bronze Products and has no odor!