Spray tanning for the very first time will make even the most optimistic person a bit nervous. But using an automated spray tanning booth tends to trigger an even higher level of anxiety among first-time spray tan patrons. These fears and concerns are certainly normal, and even expected, but truly nothing to worry about! That’s because using an automatic spray tan bed is an easy and delightful experience that will leave you with the most balanced and beautiful glow!
Continue reading to learn how to get the best results in an automated spray tanning booth, plus a bonus tip on where to try out the highest-rated spray tanning bed in Indianapolis, the VersaSpa®!
Preparation is Essential for Obtaining the Best Spray Tan Results
In order to get the best spray tanning results, whether manual or automated, you must prepare appositely. The process of preparing for spray to exfoliation, moisturization, hydration, and even avoidance of certain activities like waxing.
It is important to get your spray tan at least eight hours before an important social event. This is how long you will need for the tan to set and mature. Additionally, you want to schedule manicures and pedicures well before going in for your spray tan. And no waxing or shaving within 24 hours of spray tanning.
The next step in the preparation process is skincare. It is important to fully exfoliate your skin before you go in for a spray tan session. In fact, it is recommended to exfoliate your skin once a day for three days before you get a spray tan. It is important to hydrate and moisturize as much as possible for up to week before your session.
Eight hours before your spray tan session, it is important to take a shower so that you can balance out the natural pH levels in your skin.
How to Use an Automated Spray Tan Booth
On the day of your automated spray tanning session, there are some things you need to do and some things you need to avoid. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get the best results using an automatic spray tan booth:
ON THE DAY OF YOUR SESSION:
Do not apply makeup, heavy lotions, perfume, or deodorant. Basically, you want nothing on your skin that can affect the results of the spray tan. If you do have anything on your skin, bring makeup remover wipes and bath wipes to the tanning salon so you can remove it prior to your session.
Be sure to wear loose and comfortable clothing to the tanning salon, including non-restrictive shoes. It’s better to wear flip-flops than sneakers.
UPON ENTERING YOUR ROOM:
Once you enter the automated spray tanning booth room, you will have full privacy to prepare for your session. Many people choose to wear a swimsuit or undergarments, but you are perfectly permitted to tan in the nude. If you prefer to spray tan in a bathing suit or underwear, be sure to choose garments that you don’t mind staining. In fact, you could purchase a dark swimsuit and reserve it just for spray tanning sessions!
Before stepping inside the automated spray tanning booth, remove all clothes and jewelry, however, most people keep their wedding rings on.
If your hair is long, it is recommended to pull it up so that you tan the back of your neck and shoulders.
NOW YOU ARE READY TO STEP INSIDE THE BOOTH!
Step into the center of the automated tanning booth. Here, you will be at the perfect distance between the nozzles.
There may be markings on the floor inside of the booth directing you on where to stand and in which direction, but most automatic spray tan booths are designed with a prerecorded, automated voice system that instructs you on what to do.
The system will also instruct you to stand shoulder width apart, raise your arms in the air, and spread your fingers apart wide. At some point in the session, the voice system may prompt you to ball your hands into a fist to get full knuckle exposure.
After you are in your position, the voice system should then commence the tanning session plus continue to instruct you on how to continue modifying your stance and position within the booth. It is important to keep good posture during your spray tanning session to ensure the most balanced application.
Be sure to keep your eyes and mouth shut at all times. You are welcome to use nose plugs and eye goggles. If you like. Do not squint or squeeze your eyes shut, as this can cause on the even coloration. Just keep a neutral and relaxed facial expression. As the commands you to switch positions, be sure to do so quickly. At the end of the session, the booth vents will dry your spray tan. During this stage of the process, be sure to hold very still.
When the session is over, the doors will open. Do not try to open the doors beforehand. Overall, just listen closely and follow directions, and your spray tan results will be brilliant!
AFTER YOU GET A SPRAY TAN:
Wait at least 6 hours before taking a shower. Do not be alarmed to see a lot of color come off in the shower–this is just the initial bronzers and is perfectly normal! Just avoid scrubbing hard and don’t take a really long or hot shower. Always use a fresh blade for shaving.
Out of the shower, pat dry lightly with a towel. Do not rub the towel all over your body to dry off. Be sure to fully moisturize!
Avoid exercise and water-based activities, or anything that causes perspiration for several hours after your spray tan. Avoid swimming pools and hot tubs because chlorine will fade spray tans.
Don’t get a wax for at least 24 hours after your spray tanning appointment.
Don’t panic about darkness in the creases of your neck, underarms, knees, and other areas of your body. This is normal and will blend in after a shower. If they don’t, see our blog about fixing a bad spray tan.
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