So you're bare-bummed and having your glow applied, and your amazing spray tan artist chats with you about what special occasion you have coming up, or that tropical holiday your about to leave for. What they will also mention is your pre and post tan maintenance routine and the products you SHOULD be using. Why do they do this? Because you NEED to take care of your spray tan to get the most out of it!..
When your spray tan technician is chatting to you about how best to prepare your skin prior to your spray tan application, and how you need to be using the correct body wash and moisturiser afterwards to maintain your tan, it's not to make small talk. She wants you to get the best results from your spray tan.
She'll work her magic and apply your tan to perfection; no streaks, no missed areas, the perfect shade of 'Bali' glow. Then, it's over to you. You hear her say 'blah blah moisturise.... blah blah don't exercise for 24 hours....', but are you really hearing how you can make your tan last up to 10 days and how to avoid that 'cracking' you get as it fades away? Below, we'll teach you about the products you should be using on your skin before and after a tan and why!
Have you ever noticed anyone sporting a fake tan that looks like it's built up in areas causing unsightly patches of dirty looking skin - eek! you don't want to be THAT person do you? So what went wrong? Simple. They didn't exfoliate.
If we've said it once, we'll say it again and again, exfoliate, exfoliate, EXFOLIATE!
The most important thing to do before a spray tan is to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation removes dry skin cells along with any pre existing fake tan, to expose smooth, soft skin ready for your next tanning application. Exfoliation ensure uniform colour development and a longer lasting tan that will fade gradually and evenly.
Also, many exfoliating scrubs contain oils which will act as a barrier and prevent your tan from developing. Tuscan Tan Exfoliating Sugar Scrub is OIL FREE and contains finely milled walnut shell and coconut husk to effectively prepare your skin for a flawless finish.
Much like when a hairdresser asks you to use a toner or purple shampoo on your blonde locks at home to keep your blonde the perfect tone - tanning is the same; tone your tan! Use ph Balanced Skin Wash for toning.
Everyone knows they need to moisturise their skin when they have fake tan on but moisturising with the right product is what's important. It needs to deeply hydrate without being too heavy or oily. Moisturisers that are too heavy or oil based will 'break down' your tan and it will wipe away, shortening the life of your tan. Tuscan Tan's Tinted Tan Extender is formulated to deliver hydration and skin nourishment with lightweight ingredients. Macadamia Nut Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E will keep the skin soft, smooth and supple.
This body moisturiser does more than hydrate and leave your skin plump and dewy. It acts as a BB cream for your body, providing lightweight coverage for minor skin imperfections. Tuscan Tan's famous bronzers provide that delightful coverage and and make your tan 'pop' at the same time. Not only that, it's got mica minerals laced throughout. This will give your skin luminosity, and a subtle dewy sheen.
Lastly, and this is our favourite part - this body cream is great on it's own. When you're not wearing fake tan, pop it on. Feeling a little 'dull'? Tinted Tan Extender. Feeling a bit dry? Tinted Tan Extender. Feel like wearing a skirt but your legs need some love or coverage? Tinted Tan Extender. It extends a tan, but so much more than that too!
So you had your professional spray on tan a week ago and it has begun to fade (evenly of course because you've been using your maintenance products [right?] Still you need a little boost of colour to re-energise your tan for another day or so. Simple, apply a coat of Gradual Self Tan Mousse. Gradual self tanners contain lower levels of active tanning ingredients so they can be used over the top pf a pre-existing tan without risk of unsightly residual build up. TIP: Make sure that you apply the gradual tanning mousse with a Self Tan Application Mitt to maintain that flawless professional looking finish.
Use these tips to keep that glow lasting and lasting. You won't be disappointed! For a little more on 'exfoliating' before you tan, the how's and the why's, check out our blog "Exfoliate Now For Smooth, Summer Ready Skin".
Tuscan Tan's amazing Exfoliating Sugar Scrub, pH Balanced Skin Wash and delicious Tinted Tan Extender are all available in salon stockists Australia wide or as a discounted bundle in our online store. We often also have our Gradual Self Tan Mousse bundled into a pack as it's one of our most popular go to products to have in your cupboard when you need a little help in the colour department.
When the sun is shining and the nights are warm, we want to be outdoors enjoying it rocking our bikinis and outfits complimented by honey-dipped skin. We don’t want to be concerned about doing the things we enjoy for fear of ruining our fake tan. With this in mind, we've added ingredients to our Full Self Tan Mousse to provide a degree of wear resilience and water resistancy, so that your tan will stand up to some of the things you’re really not supposed to do when wearing fake tan, like taking a dip in the pool.