Advice for spray tanning…

A spray tan will give you a natural looking tan that will generally last around five to seven days with minimal after care. For a longer lasting tan, you can extend the wear by up to anywhere from two to three weeks, using products designed to enhance your spray tan.

Karma Beauty uses BE Tanned products for a safe and natural looking tan. Enjoy a tan that will fade more naturally and not leave you looking patchy like a lot of spray tans can. BE Tanned have a no nasties & cruelty free policy, just like Karma Beauty! View more info on BE Tanned no nasty policy here.

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Before your spray tan

Ensure you have prepared yourself so that your spray tan looks as natural as possible.

Prior to the day, have any hair removed by shaving or waxing, and be sure to allow at least 12 hours for the skin to recover, before getting sprayed. This will prevent the possibility of skin infections and irritations. Hair removal will naturally exfoliate that area, however you will need to do a full exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, and this can be done on the day, in the shower.

  • Using a loofah mitt, or body polish, ensure you go over all areas well, paying special attention to places like your feet, elbows, knees and anywhere else your skin tends to be more dry. Be sure to use a gentle exfoliating product on your face.
  • Keep your skin completely free of oils, fragrance and deodorants on the day of the spray tan. If you can’t shower before hand, use wipes to remove any body deodorant or make-up & moisturiser from your face.

During the spray tan

  • Remove all clothing, and wear a dark coloured g-string or bikini if you are opting for a tan line.
  • If hair is very fair, wear a shower cap, and pop some Vaseline over brows.
  • Lightly moisturise your palms and the bottoms of your feet, so the tan doesn’t stain there. If between the toes and fingers are very dry, moisturise there as well.

After your spray tan

For the first few hours of the tan, it is vital you do not get moisture on your skin, or let clothing rub on your tan. This is to prevent streaking, however if you do get tan on your clothes or bedding, it will wash out with cold soapy water. It is always advisable for this reason, to have your spray tan done of an evening, when you can just pop some loose fitting, dark clothing on and go to bed (or wear nothing if possible).

In the morning, shower and continue your usual routine. The instant bronzer will wash away in the shower – this is the instant bronzer that is put in the product so that the tan is visible during spraying. It is not necessarily an indication of how your tan will look once developed.

  • Moisturise daily all over to hydrate the skin. This is the most important step in order to enhance the tan and allow it to stay natural looking for as long as possible.
  • Try to avoid chlorinated pools and spas while you have a spray tan, as they will make it fade quickly.
  • Avoid using products that are soap based or have SLS (sodium laureth sulphate) in them.
  • Always use a high SPF product to prevent sun damage and premature ageing. The tan is not a means of protection against the sun.
  • Avoid using highly fragranced products on skin that will be exposed to the sun, including your perfume – they can cause photosensitivity which brings out a rash like pigmentation on your skin. Spray your perfume underneath your clothes instead of on the delicate neck & décolletage area.
  • Tan enhancing products can be purchased to promote a longer lasting tan.

How does spray tanning work?

Spray tanning works using an active ingredient called DHA, which stands for Dihydroxyacetone.  It’s derived from the sugar cane and is the active ingredient in all-sunless tanners. It reacts with amino acids found in the top layers of skin to create a shade of brown that takes place within two to six hours and builds colour depth with every reapplication. DHA has been FDA approved for over 30 years.

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