From pre-wedding prep to maintaining a healthy summer glow, spray tans to creams, a good fake tan can work wonders for a feel-good factor. However, there’s definitely an art to applying it, and the best kind is the therapist applied kind. Spas are an excellent place to prepare skin for a fake tan with the treatments and therapist knowledge to get an even colour and make it last as long as possible.
You might choose to start with a scrub treatment to prepare the skin and nourish it first, or simply use the facilities to give you that holiday feel first. Either way, it’s best to leave a tanning treatment until last on your spa day so that you can let it dry properly and leave products on for as long as necessary before needing to shower.
- What should you do to prepare your skin?
Whether you are tanning at home or at a spa, make sure you exfoliate beforehand and don’t apply any moisturisers or deodorants as they can act as a barrier to the tanning agent.
- What’s the best way to apply it?
Spas tend to use a mitt for creams, but often will offer spray tans. They give an even surface and coverage to the colour.
- How should you maintain it?
Moisturise after a fake tan to maintain it, but be careful to avoid products that have a lot of perfume ingredients as they tend to contain alcohol which can dehydrate the skin and make the tan crack.
- How often should you re-apply fake tan?
If you are having a professional tan, it’s recommended reapplying it no more than every two weeks. It’s very dependent on the individual though as a lot of people prefer a deeper colour.
- If you are having it done professionally is there anything you recommend doing beforehand?
Most spas will supply disposable knickers but a lot of people don’t like them, so you can also bring dark underwear and baggy clothing. Hair removal and waxing should be done a couple of weeks before tanning as well. If you want to be a little more luxurious with your preparation you could always book yourself in for an exfoliating scrub beforehand!
- What about afterwards?
It’s a good idea to have a professional tan at the end of a spa day as you can’t use the pool and facilities for a period of time afterwards without washing it off. We would recommend the same thing at home – put it on at the end of the day, let it work overnight and wash it off in the morning!