When you come in for your Air-Tan, we tell you to put the barrier cream in three places – your elbows, your heels, and your toenails if they aren’t painted. People ask all the time if they should put barrier cream on their fingernails too since we recommend it on the toenails. But surprisingly, the answer is no! It’s really not needed on the fingernails, whether they are polished or not. The reason? Gravity! Surprising, right? But it totally makes sense if you think about.
I’m sure most of our clients have noticed that the floors of our spray rooms have some tanning solution on them -especially if you come at the end of the day. Even though we have a really awesome ventilation system to remove a lot of the excess tanning solution from the air, it’s inevitable that some it is going to end up on the floor… and therefore on your feet and toes. If your toenails don’t have polish on them, they can absorb the tanning solution. While this isn’t harmful, it can turn your toenails a shade of orange/brown over time that most people aren’t fond of. So while we go over your feet and hands very carefully for the most natural outcome, your toenails are more susceptible to changing colors.
While we are on the subject, many clients are worried about their fresh manicures and if our tanning solution is going to stain their polish. Our tanning solution is going to wipe right off like any other liquid, so there is no need to put barrier cream on your manicure. But if you are really worried about it, there’s also no harm to putting the barrier cream on your nails either. Just be sure not to get it anywhere else, because it does prevent the tan from absorbing in those areas!
Do you have any other questions about your Air-Tans? We’d love to hear them! Let us know and we can answer them in our next blog!
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