With 5 years plus tanning experience under my belt, faux spray tanner I can honestly say I have seen it all. New starters in the tanning business ask me for advice on how to deal with clients and sometimes you can’t be prepared for everything. So as a client for any spray tan therapist it helps to consider the following points when you are tanning.
Whether you’re a spray tan first timer or regular in the tanning pop-up pod, here are the key things you should know how to successfully tan – every time.
I am NOT JUDGING YOUR BODY:
Ok, so the prospect of a complete stranger – who isn’t a doctor or a nurse – seeing you naked, may understandably fill you with sheer dread: “What will they think of my ‘lumpy’ bits, I’m a bit hairy, I should have gone to the gym a bit more, blah blah blah”. Im a spray tanning expert that just sees a blank canvas to paint. I’ve been spray tanning since 2012 and must have tanned hundreds of bodies, women AND men – therefore a naked body is as normal to me as looking at the iPhone, iPad or the computer you’re looking at now.
So…don’t be shy. Your body is amazing and the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS IT’D BE GOOD TO TELL US:
I’m a tanning artist that is a people person. I have to be to do this job! But that’s a plus when sitting down for the consultation – I want to know all there is to know about your skin and the look you most desire – it’s crucial to gauge the client’s expectations of the treatment. I need to know:
What occasion is the tan for?
What spray tans you have had in the past?
What self tanners you enjoy using and if you have struggled with them?
How does your skin tan naturally in the sun?
All these factors are taken into consideration when choosing the correct shade for your skin. Many therapists (like myself) swear by Sienna X, the country’s leading professional spray tan formula. It offers a ‘wardrobe’ of colours coming in 8 strengths of tanning agent. Your therapist will know exactly what shade to contour you with once they meet you and chat through your ideal look from the tan.
So…talk to me. Don’t be shy and you’ll get the best treatment for your skin.
PLAN YOUR HAIR REMOVAL FIRST
As your therapist I will require you to do a little prep before coming along for the spray tan treatment. Hair removal needs to be done at least 24 hours before. If you’re waxing, make sure any residue is washed off and exfoliated away so it doesn’t block the tan from making contact with your skin. Shaving is much better if you’re planning on getting a tan, but make sure the pores have time to seal over, as the tanning guide colour can sit in them.
So…exfoliate the night before your treatment and use an oil-free scrub and nothing too harsh on the skin.
DON’T MOISTURISE on the day of the tan (NO MATTER WHAT YOU’VE HEARD)
Time and time again it’s written that you have to moisturise your skin all over before having a spray tan. There is no rule to not moisturize or to moisturize but with lots of experience avoid moisturiser of any kind the day of your tanning treatment, unless you can shower before the tan. Moisturiser thins out the tanning solution – it’s like mixing paint with water. Let me the therapist apply moisturiser sparingly to drier areas of your body like the hands, feet, ankles and elbows.
So…if you’re unsure don’t moisturize. The less barriers between your skin and the tan solution the better the results will be.
YOU WON’T GO ORANGE!
Treat finding a spray tanner like looking for the ultimate hairdresser, makeup artist or nail technician; do your research and look for reviews and recommendations online. A professional spray tanner lives and breathes the perfect tan for their clients, and will never let you leave looking remotely orange. A great tanner will also allow you to step out of the salon totally dry your tan perfectly ready to wear – if you wish. If you’re damp, sticky, green or feel the slightest bit self-conscious in the guide colour, change your tanner. The treatment should leave you feeling happy and confident within yourself.
So…if you aren’t happy with the tan then that’s not the right therapist for you.
All the above points should provide you with a much better insight to what you need to do and consider before a tan and locating the perfect beauty therapist.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and contact me if you have any questions.
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