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How to get the perfect tan this summer

It’s all in the prep.

The most important step to getting that natural gorgeous bronze tan is the prep work. Let’s break down and bite size some skin science briefly. Your skin exfoliates itself naturally in patches over 3-5 days depending on your skin cells metabolism. Your skin is also the last organ to receive nutrients and hydration from the consumption of food and water due to your vital organs needing it first. This mean you may experience your skin is much more dehydrated and flaky during the hotter summer months. This can also affect your perfect even tan. Don’t fear, we have some easy steps you can take the prep for a perfect even tan. (These steps are set out in prep for a fake tan but is also great to do before a sunny holiday, just remember the SPF).

Step one: Get rid of that dead skin.
It’s time to remove that dead skin, evening up your skin texture. Make sure you do this the day before your tan unless instructed otherwise by your therapist. This removes the unwanted skin cells that will result in a longer lasting tan with less chance of it becoming patchy. You can either have a tan prep treatment in the salon or body scrub at home in the shower.

Step two: Defuzz
If you have any hair you want to get rid of. Do it now, whether you wax, shave or use hair removal cream. This needs to be done the day before your spray tan and 100% after you scrub otherwise it could create irritation the other way round.

Step three: Hydration, hydration, hydration.
After you body scrub and removal of unwanted hair, it’s so important to feed and protect those new skin cells to hold the moisture in. The more hydrated your skin is, the better the tan will sit and last. This should be done 24 hours prior to your tan unless instructed otherwise by your therapist.

Top tip: If you can eat essential fatty acids and drink plenty of water in the up coming week to your tan, your skin will thank you and become more hydrated.

On the day of your spray/fake tan do not wear any deodorant, perfumes, creams, make up or anything that can cause a barrier. Remember to wear loose clothing and take all your jewellery off. Your therapist should walk you through the rest. Happy tanning.

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