Spray tans can be a little tricky if you aren’t familiar with how they work. I work every Saturday at our salon and often times, I will have newbies call in the mid-afternoon to book a spray tan for a wedding they are in that night. I know some people like the way the spray tan looks when it is first applied, but I would never suggest to a first-time client, to be spray tanned then go to a formal event immediately after – unless you have at least 8 hours for the solution to set + time to shower & get ready + time to drive to your event.
Why? The solution has instant bronzers in it. The only purpose of these bronzers is to show you what your spray tan will end up looking after you take your first shower. They also help me see what I am doing when I am spraying it on. In about three to six hours, when the tanning agent (what gives you your longlasting tan) starts activating, you will start to look REALLY dark. At this time, you will look twice as tan as you are actually supposed to look. This is why I avoid doing much after my spray tan – I really prefer to just go home and go to bed. Once you shower, the bronzers wash off and your tan lightens up to look natural and matte.
Another reason I don’t like to go to a formal event immediately after my spray tan is because we have lots of aloes and moisturizers in our solution. Spray tans naturally dry your skin out and these moisturizers help protect your skin from that. For this reason, not only are you extra dark until you shower, but you are extra sticky and shiny, too. The bronzers and aloes can rub off on your clothes, so if you are wearing a light-colored formal dress, the likelihood of you muddling it with bronzers is very high. Also, if you are going to be doing any dancing or have any chance of sweating – two things will happen. First, the bronzer will run (see picture) as you sweat and your tan will not take to your skin as well. It needs a full 8 hours to set before getting wet at all, even lightly sweating. For these reasons, I highly suggest Air-Tanning in enough time to fit in a shower before any formal event you plan to go to – ideally, I would come the day before any formal event.
Also, if it is your first time or it has been a long while since you’ve visited us, I highly suggest trying it out a week or two before your event. This way, you can see exactly what shade you like the best and what day you like your tan best. This will help you in scheduling your appointment and choosing your color level.
Emily featured this picture on one of her recent blogs and this is a PERFECT example of what I am talking about…Even Christina Aguilera could use some spray tanning tips. Pardon the crude “Bridesmaids” reference, but if the “steam-heat from your undercarriage” is so powerful that it may result in sweating off your tan, please get sprayed the day before. If she would have just planned a little better, got her spray tan earlier, then took a shower, the bronzers would have washed away and this unfortunate mishap would have never occured!
Disclaimer: Every Air-Tanner has their own preferences so the way you tan is totally up to you, but this is just my professional opinion when it comes to Air-Tans and formal events. 🙂