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Spray tan virgin - advice please!

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knowler Thu 16-May-13 21:33:10

Hello all - can't believe my first ever post here is about spray tans, but here we go!

am off to a big and quite posh family wedding in august, very shortly after i get back from a 2 week beach holiday in spain. I will be (hopefully!) slightly tanned, but I tan very patchily so while my top half is likely to be a good colour, my legs will still be white with a nice grey tint.

is it possible to have a spray tan that will look just totally natural? and how does it "work"? do you have your face sprayed as well? does it get darker afterwards? can i scrub it off if i hate it?? should i go for the lightest option (i'm quite fair skinned, but i do tan a bit)

really want to look half decent at the wedding and - old-fashioned though it might sound - i always love having a tan and look much better with one. i just don't want to look obviously sprayed!!

Drywhiteplease Thu 16-May-13 22:19:18

I have only had 3 ever, my advice is;

Get it done at least 2 days before the event so it can fade a bit
Exfoliate like mad for days before, ESP knees and elbows.
Don'tinsist on wearing your own lacy g string, unless you want a lacy stencilled pattern on your bikini area!!!
Ask for a light tan
They do spray your face, I've always said only a light spray on face as you can always build it up with bronzer
I always ask for light/1 spray on hands....after spending first week of a holiday in the Canaries with orange hands ( a dead give away )

When it first goes on it is tinted, so the coverage is even. You leave it on for a few hours ( they tell you exactly how long) and then you shower ( and the water turns a greeny brown...yuck)

I've given up sprays and just use gradual tanners now though....not so scary!

knowler Fri 17-May-13 09:55:05

Thanks very much - it does rather sound a bit scary!! will consider it further before August and see just how patchy my 'real' tan is!

SayMama Fri 17-May-13 13:26:39

I'd second DryWhite and say you need to have it done a couple of days before the event, the first and second day tend to be a bit too orange dark for me!

And get ready to do various superman poses so they can get it everywhere! Could've been hugely embarrasing for me but luckily the woman who did mine had a fab sense of humour and relaxed me completely!

TSSDNCOP Fri 17-May-13 17:07:13

I had one yesterday in anticipation of events this weekend.

Top tips: exfoliate and moisturise thoroughly in advance. Including your face, knees, feet and elbows.

Shave you legs the day before or you can get it in your pores.

Ask for a light colour. I had an 8 (comes in 8,10 and 12). I look like I've had a week away but not like Amy Childs.

Wear lose clothes and leave it on as long as you can before you shower.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Fri 17-May-13 18:26:58

It isn't that scary honestly smile The first time I went for one I was actually shaking, I was that worried, but every time I've had it done the ladies have been really nice and good at making you feel relaxed. And I was worried about being orange, but honestly I've never found it that bad (and I have mine done for dancing comps, so very very dark!). The worst for me is getting rid of it afterwards tbh, I go all stripy confused

If they offer you disposable knickers/thong type thing, say yes. It's much better than ruining your own.

Also, if it's just your legs you want doing, some places will do a half-body spray.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Fri 17-May-13 18:27:24

Oh, and I tend to leave it overnight before showering.

fiddlyfoodlebird Fri 24-May-13 12:28:29

As a spray tanner who has been doing it for over 7 years I hope I can help.

Exfoliate thoroughly for about 3 days before your tan, paying special attention to your elbows, knees and ankles. The reason for this, is that these areas can get particularly dry and have a tendency to absorb more tan - hence the reason why the tan stays longer than on any other part of the body.

Moisturise your skin well for about a week before you plan to tan - it'll help it to last as long as possible. Don't shave or moisturise 24 hours before your tan. Some razors have a lubricating strip which puts a protective layer on the skin, forming a barrier against the tan working. Try to avoid using soaps and shower gels that contain moisturisers 24 hours before, for the same reason.

Don't wear deodorant, perfume or make-up to your tan session. Take some babywipes with you if you've had to wear deodorant or make-up befoer your session. Any deodorant will temporarily turn your armpit area green - don't worry - it will come off the next day.

You will look quite brown after your tan - this is the "guide tan" - think of it as foundation. This will come off when you shower the next day. Don't panic if you look darker than you want to be.

Leave your tan on for at least 8 hours - overnight is better - do NOT shower or bath before the tan has time to develop. Only "rapid" tans can be washed off after 1 - 3 hours.

Depending on the brand, tans can come in 6, 7.5, 8, 9.5, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20%. You can also mix some brands so that a customised shade can be created for the client - mine do that. Your tan tech should be able to advise what is best for your skin type. One only goes orange when too high a percentage is applied ie the tan is too dark for your skin-type wink If you already have a base tan, then hopefully your tan tech will tailor it for you after having done a full consultation.

Wear loose, dark clothing - tight leggings and tops will take your tan off before its had a chance to settle on your skin.

Some tans are what they are the next day, some will continue to develop over a 48 ours period. I won't go into the details but some tans contain ingredients which mean you reach your optimum colour 2 days after your tan. If I have clients entering dance comps, I always tan them two days before, if I'm using certain brands. If I'm tanning brides, I ensure I tan two days before with a tan that reaches its optimum the day after, as some people find some colour still comes off on their clothing - that's something you'd want to avoid with white or ivory fabrics. If it's important to you, ask your tan tech when their brand reaches its optimum/darkest.

As someone who specialises in dance/performance tans, I offer a menu of body areas that can be tanned but not everyone does this. if you don't need a whole body tan, then ask your tan tech if they can spray specific areas.

If you need more tips then let me know

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 27-May-13 23:20:16

fiddlyfoodlebird can I ask what you think of certain brands please?

The place I usually go has closed down sadly, so I'm looking for somewhere new. One of the ones I've looked at uses San Tropez, one Sienna X (which I think is what they use for Strictly?), one uses one by a girl from TOWIE (but "It's really good, much nicer than you'd expect" apparently) and the other one I can't remember.

I want it for comps so very even and dark on the day, but it doesn't really have to last for ages afterwards. What do you think? I'm leaning towards the Sienna X, but only because I know it's used for that.

(Sorry for the hijack OP thanks)

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