• Catriona Holt

Creative Hands: Tan Thursday!

This week we are giving you some pre and after-care for all of your spray tanning needs. As you know, here at Creative Hands, we're huge fans of EXPOSED, which is the spray tan we use in-salon, however these tips are applicable to all brands of tans.

Pre-tanning, it's important that you don't shave or get a wax within 24 hours of you getting your spray tan done, as shaving and waxing opens the pores in the skin and can leave your skin irritated.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Ladies we cannot tell you enough how important it is to exfoliate. Concentrate on areas such as the elbows and knees, or any other areas where you feel you suffer from dry or rough skin. Ensure your skin is clean - no deodorant, or perfumes. And finally, wear dark loose fitted clothing. The last thing you want is for your tan to rub off on your lovely white top!

In order to get the most out of your spray tan, avoid showering or getting wet at all, 8 - 10 hours after your spray. However this time varies from brand to brand, so it's best to check with the technician before you leave, but we reckon 8 - 10, just to be safe. Apres tan, avoid taking baths if you want your tan to last. Opt for quick showers instead, however if possible, avoid soaps with sodium laurel sulphate. Obviously, the less you wet your skin, the longer the tan should last. On that note, after your shower, pat your skin dry, rather than rubbing it. Avoid regular shaving, but if it's necessary, make sure you use a fresh blade.

MOISTURE IS KEY! To ensure a lasting tan, it's imperative that you moisturise after every shower, again concentrating on areas which are particularly dry or in need of some moisture. Finally, for a really long-last spray tan experience, use EXPOSED TAN EXTENDER. It's a wonder product which will extend the life of your spray so you'll get the most out of it!

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