I get asked this question multiple times a day! And the answer is simple. No! 🙂 I know a lot of people don’t believe me, but trust me when I say, I’ve been Air-Tanning every week for over 3 years and this extra step really is NOT necessary…I know some spray-tanning places do recommend this, especially ones that use booths/machines. This is because a spray-tan booth does not have eyes and it is spraying your entire body all the same exact way. A booth sprays the palms of the hands the same way it sprays the outside of your hands. It sprays your legs the same way it sprays your chest…It’s just all wrong on so many levels and that is exactly why they want you to use so much barrier cream. In simple terms, the machine lacks control and they attempt to use the barrier cream as a guard against this.
Every single one of us goes through a thorough, lengthy training process before we ever spray a paying client. Because of this, trust us when we say, you only need to put a THIN layer of barrier cream on your elbows, backs of your ankles (wrinkly part/achilles tendon) and unpainted toenails. Your palms will be fine. Your fingers and fingernails will look great. Everything is going to be just fine. We aren’t machines. We are humans with eyes. For some of us, this is our full-time job. And because of all these reasons, you don’t need to rely on barrier cream to protect you. Making your tan look natural and beautiful are both a HUGE part of our jobs as technicians.