So your tan is fading and you want it touched up. This is a very very common question with clients, especially new ones. All spray tans, even an Air-Tan, should be 100% exfoliated off of your skin before you have a new one applied. Yes, we do touch-ups for our unlimited members, but those “touch-ups” are only intended for hands, feet, and face. These areas tend to fade very quickly because we wash them more (hands + face) and shoes and socks tend to rub the tan off of feet – especially if you work out a lot. As far all other “touch-ups,” we do not recommend that. Spray tans should never be layered or built up like a typical sun tan.
The tanning bed place down the street might want you coming in every day to their tanning bed or their spray tan booth, but we only want you coming into Air-Tan once a week. This ensures you enough time to wear/exfoliate your tan ALL the way off so that you can come back and get a new one. We truly want you to have the BEST-looking tan possible and in order for this to happen you MUST give your skin time to exfoliate in preparation for your next Air-Tan.
When you layer your Air-Tan over old Air-Tan, a few bad things will happen:
1. Your tan will be uneven. If you came in to Air-Tan uneven (ie: your tan was exfoliated in some areas, but not others), you will leave still looking uneven. Just like tan lines, our guns have such a fine mist, we cannot concentrate it in to fill in tiny lines or areas. It’s best to scrub it ALL off before you come in and just us spray you while your skin is a fresh, clean slate.
2. Your tan won’t last as long. Air-Tan goes on the outermost layer of (dead) skin cells. If you didn’t exfoliate before you came in (and your old tan is still hanging on for dear life), imagine how old those skin cells are. They NEED to come off in order to spray you again. If we spray over them and you’ve failed to exfoliate prior to coming in, your tan will not last nearly as long as it should, because it’s going on a really old layer of skin (ew!).
3. The color will look bad. When you layer spray tan over spray tan…or really any self-tanning product for that matter…the color starts to look NOT natural and even kinda (gasp!) orange, especially if you’re mixing products (ie: applying self-tanner at home and then getting an Air-Tan a day later). We don’t condone oompa loompas around here and REALLY don’t want this to happen.
The moral of the story is, please scrub. I scrub 3 times before my Air-Tan – twice the day before and once the day of. When I scrub, I do the following:
1. Take my shower as normal or soak in a bath. Getting wet for awhile before scrubbing helps the whole process in my opinion.
2. Then, when I am all done washing or soaking, I stay in the shower (or tub) & put my Air-Tan Exfoliating Dermal Cleanser all over my body. I let it sit there for 2-3 minutes. The longer it sits the longer the glycolic acid has time to work and break down the Air-Tan left on your skin. In the meantime, I’ll brush my teeth or shave under my arms…
3. After 2-3 minutes, I grab a ROUGH washcloth (none of those fancy soft washcloths!) and put a little squirt of the cleanser on it too. Then I just start scrubbing my skin slowly and thoroughly. I can actually see it coming off.
4. I exit the shower and rub my skin again with my dry towel to dry off – but I rub my skin slowly and thoroughly again just for a little bonus round of exfoliation.
This ensures a beautiful, even, long-lasting glowing tan week after week! If you ever need any scrubbing tips, call Broad Ripple Air-Tan at 254.TANS or Fishers Air-Tan at 576.TANS. We want your tan to look AMAZING each and every time, and most of us have been Air-Tanning for several years, so just feel free to ask! :)