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How To Survive A Spray Tan Without Turning Orange

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Having a beautiful glowing tan can be the ideal compliment for that beautiful prom dress you have chosen.

But sometimes you may not have the time to get a natural tan.

You obviously don’t have time to sun-bathe enough to create a natural tan.

You’ve got classes, social commitments and even finals to worry about.

So, it makes sense that you may opt for a spray tan.

Not only are spray tans amazing, when done right, they also eliminate some of the risks you would face when sunbathing.

Sunbathing can cause damage to the skin and you really don’t want sun-burn before prom.

Sometimes, spray tans can go wrong and you could end up with overly brown, orange or yellowish skin which is just plain unattractive.

So, how do you stop a spray tan going wrong or orange? The following tips should help.

Don’t apply moisturizer before tanning

It is perfectly alright to prepare your skin for tanning by washing with soap. But it is very important that you avoid moisturizing the skin.

Moisturizer often creates a layer between the skin and the spray tan that can affect the quality of the tan you get.

Instead of moisturizing and then spray tanning, try mixing them together for a nice light shade of natural-looking skin tan.

Avoid activities that could make you sweat

Once you have applied the spray tan, it is very important to allow for up to 15 minutes for the tan to set.

The exact period of time will often be clearly stated on the spray tan bottle.

Only after, should you put on your clothes and resume normal activities.

Even then, it is still advisable to avoid activities that can cause you to sweat. This is because sweat causes unattractive streaks in the tan.

Add more lotion when tanning hands and feet

You may notice while tanning that the skin on your hands and feet tends to be darker than the rest of your body.

This is actually a really common problem with spray tanning but also has a very simple solution.

The hands and feet absorb more of the spray tan and therefore tend to look more orange. This problem can make you look a little funky. To avoid this, combine the spray tan you will be using for the hands and feet with lotion.

Avoid swimming or showering often

Spray tans are meant to last for at least a week. As the time progresses, they tend to fade.

Therefore, it is a good idea to tan at least 3-4 days before prom.

A fading spray tan doesn’t look to good so you are also advised against swimming too often.

Swimming pools are full of chlorine an element that can cause the fading of your spray tan a lot sooner than normal. Swimming can cause fading even if your tan has set correctly.

Make proper use of the spray tan

Sometimes having an uneven tan or one that is orange and not-normal can be due to simply not following the instructions.

Most spray tanners come with instructions on how to use them and it is a good idea to read the instructions before using the tanner.

Sometime even just how you hold the nozzle of the tanning spray can result in uneven tan that looks blotchy, spotty and with unattractive streaks.

When you decide to do it yourself, make sure you take the time to find out how to do it right.

A better idea would be to use a tanning salon.

Other Spray Tan Tips

A well done spray tan can be one of the most amazing things you can do to enhance your skin’s appearance for prom. The following tips will help you get a well maintained, good quality and above all good looking spray tan.

  • Don’t spray tan frequently. Wait t least 4-5 days before a repeat application.
  • Never try to go dark at once. If it is your first time, start with only 1-2 coats and then gradually work your way up.
  • If you have fair skin, you are advised to avoid tanning products with over 10% DHA concentration. Anything higher and you could damage your skin.
  • If a self-tanning session goes wrong, you can try a steam bath or hot shower as excessive sweating can help to push out the tan.

A bad spray tan is worse than no tan at all, so make sure you do a test run or two well before Prom night.

Please share this with your friends, some of the warnings we have provided are not written on the bottle!

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