I’ve been working at Air-Tan for over 4 years now, which also means that I’ve been getting spray tans on the regular for that long, as well. Part of getting tanned weekly is weekly exfoliation before each and every tan. In my 4 years, I’ve tried lots of things to scrub my tan off. I’m super impatient, so I’ve tried lots of methods of scrubbing in hopes that I can find something magical to erase the week-old tan off my skin. The fact of the matter is that the Air-Tan is attached to the topmost layers of your epidermis, and there is no magic potion to just peel them off without causing bodily harm. Some things that I’ve found on the internet that people claim can get your tan off (and some of them sound kind of crazy):
- Lemon juice
- Hair removal cream
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baby oil
A very common misconception that I hear all the time in our salon from clients is that chlorine takes your tan off. It is not the chlorine that takes your tan off if you’re in a pool, but just the fact that you are soaking in water. If you soak in a tub of regular tap water, you’d have the same effect. If you are going in and out of the swimming pool, you’re going from wet to dry frequently, which dries out your skin, which makes it exfoliate faster.
The one out of that list that I had never heard before was hair removal cream. Before you get a new tan, you want to exfoliate your whole body, but you wouldn’t want your whole body to be hairless, right?! And you definitely wouldn’t want to use it on your face either. The food products seem kind of bizarre, and I’ve used plenty of scrubs that have salt or sugar in them, and I’ve found them to be too abrasive or painful.
Honestly, the only thing that I’ve found to work is the Air-Tan Exfoliating Dermal Cleanser. It is formulated to work with our Air-Tan solution, and it’s key ingredient is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a fruit acid or is also known as an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It is derived from sugar cane and has very small molecules, so it is able to penetrate into the skin to work and help shed off the dead skin cells on contact. The best way I’ve found to use it is to take a bath and then apply the scrub all over my body. I let it set for a few minutes while I read a few pages of a magazine, and then I deliberately scrub off my tan with a washcloth. Using a washcloth is seriously the best method for getting my Air-Tan off. I’ve tried gloves, loofahs, scrubby pads, sponges…EVERYTHING, but nothing works better than an old fashioned washcloth. It’s even better if you use cheap ones from the dollar store or Wal-Mart since they are of lesser quality and rougher, thus more scrubby! I exfoliate two times before my tan to make sure I’ve gotten all the stubborn areas off. Not only is exfoliation good for your skin in general, it will also help ensure that you have an even and long-lasting tan once your new Air-Tan is applied. The Air-Tan Cleanser can be purchased at either the Broadripple or Fishers locations. It is $19 or $17 if you are an Unlimited Member.