Exfoliate? What does that mean and why do I HAVE to do it?
Spray Tanning is awesome, but it comes with good results and then the not so good results. Regardless whether you want to try it or you are just trying to find someone to do it for a special occasion, spray tan longevity depends A LOT of different factors.
When you scheduled your spray tan, you may have been told to "exfoliate" before your appointment. You probably know what it means, but do you actually know why it's so important before a spray tan? Don't worry, I had no idea either the first time I had a person spray me or when I had the machine spray me. Be sure to check with your Certified Spray Tan Professional on their instructions prior to your visit as different companies have different instructions for your pre-tan instructions.
I am a NSTPA Certified Spray Tan Technician (click on that link, search "Strever" and you will find my information and license number). I was trained by Ashley Sjolie one on one in Rocklin, CA. After learning about the products and understanding her business outlook, I decided that I would only use Sjolie products and implement the the guidelines and processes I gained from my certification process. The products are truly amazing and I am a firm believer that you must try a product and use it personally before offering it to your clients.
So let's get to it!
Exfoliation, in a nut shell, is removing the top layer of dead skin cells on your body and exposing newer skin beneath. By doing this before your tan is applied, using the correct products, and doing it in the time requested, 9 out of 10 times, it will prolong your tan. Always be open and honest with your spray tan professional because we will know if you did not! 😊
Tips to prepare you for your flawless tan:
Exfoliation, to most spray tan professionals, is the most important step prior to your spray tan appointment. Ideally, exfoliating with a spa grade product would be the best option. If you do not have one, no worries! As long as you use an oil free product, avoid using bar soap such as Dial or Dove, and use some sort of scrubbing device (loofah, exfoliating mitt or a wash cloth), you will be fine! If all else fails and you have nothing to use but bar soap, grab your shampoo and use that to exfoliate. The important thing is use something that will not dry your skin out and that will take care of business. You want to do this at least 24 hours before your customized spray tan appointment. If you did not get around to doing it, you can still proceed with the appointment. I will apply something to your skin before hand and it should help to achieve the best results possible.
Dry, rough skin should be given some extra love when exfoliating as dry, rough patches of skin tend to attract color more. Failing to follow these instrucations could lead to blotchy patches of dye on your elbows, knees, and other rough areas.
I highly recommend the "All Natural Sugar Scrub" made by Sjolie. Your skin literally feels like silk the minute you get out of the shower. If you ever want to try this, I can hook you up with a sample so you can see for yourself!
Be sure to shave/wax and/or get your pedis before your appointment (I suggest 24-48 hrs prior to your appointment). If you do it after your spray tan and have not had that first shower, this will achieve something that you will not like. For example, you soak your feet at your pedicure appointment. Since your feet will be soaking in hot water, you may have the color come off and have white feet with dark legs :(
So with that said, remember to pay close attention to the instructions you are given by your technician and ask questions if it is unclear.
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