One of the most important things to check off your list before summer ends is achieving a gorgeous (faux) tan. The warm weather and light, breezy frocks aplenty call for showing off a healthy color. One of the easiest and safest ways to get bronzed is through spray tanning. And whether you’re already an aficionado on the subject or you’re a first-timer, there are certain rules to follow in order to maximize your glow. Ahead, Elizabeth Reyes from Vita Liberata shares her top tips on how to extend the life of a tan so you can channel your inner bronzed goddess for the rest of the season.
Everything You Need To Know Before Getting A Spray Tan
"Properly prepping the skin before a spray tan is very important. Make sure to exfoliate with an oil-free product, shave and wax at least 24 hours prior. On the day of, do not moisturize or wear deodorant, makeup or lotion."
"When showering before your spray tan, check to see if your shower gel or soap contains any traces of oils, because this can act as a barrier between your skin and the tan, leading to uneven patchiness. After your appointment, make sure you wear loose, dark clothing to ensure the color does not rub off on your clothes."
"Immediately after your spray tan, keep your body dry for at least six or eight hours. This means you should avoid exercise, or any activity that encourages sweat, and do not moisturize or shower until enough time has passed."
"Definitely do touch-ups at home. Vita Liberata has an amazing lightweight mousse that's easy to use. It has an instant color guide, so you can see where you're applying, and it dries fast! It's odorless and delivers beautiful, natural-looking color that lasts four times longer than regular tanning products. It also helps condition your skin with anti-aging benefits."
"The healthier your skin, the better the tanning results. Hormones, lifestyle and diet play a huge part in a tan. These can influence the development of the product on your skin and can hinder your tan from performing to its fullest potential."
"I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to moisturize your skin. Our skin naturally breaks down product that's on the surface if it's not properly hydrated. Moisturize daily to maintain the color."
"If you prefer to naturally tan in the sun, make sure to exfoliate, since it helps encourage blood flow. This aids in cell regeneration, and helps get rid of any excess dead skin cells, which allows newer skin cells to get better color from the sun. Sunscreen is also, of course, vitally important. Not only will it protect you from burning, but it will also help you maintain your natural tan. Burnt skin will not retain the color, because the skin cells have been damaged and will peel off faster."