The time has come. Autumn in upon us and my summer tan has begun to fade. While I love this time of year because I get to wear my fall fashion wardrobe, my beauty regimen changes significantly. One of the major summer-to-fall changes is the color and tone of my skin. This is the time of year I begin to load up on bronzer and self tanner. And on rare special occasions, I opt for spray tanning. A few weeks ago I purchased two spray tanning sessions for a steal on Groupon. I’ve decided to use one since it’s my birthday weekend and I refuse to look pale in my pictures!
I chose to buy this Groupon offer from BodyHeat Tanning because they guarantee a NO orange, NO streak spray tan. Plus, I chose the VersaSpa Spray Tan and the “medium” level color (dark was an extra $4) because it’s the latest technology in sunless tanning and offered three benefits in one session – Bronze, Hydrate and Smooth fine lines.
I love the results! The spray tan gave me a natural bronzed non-orange color and my skin feels soft and smooth. Let me know what you think. I’m saving my second session for December.
In the meantime, if you decide to go for the latest fake & bake, here are some tips to get the most out of it:
Pre-sunless tanning tips:
- Exfoliate – It’s important to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells so that your spray tan lasts longer. I used my Clarisonic on my face.
- Shower and shave – To maximize your sunless tan, I recommend showering and shaving right before your session.
- Remove all makeup – Remember to cleanse your face and remove all makeup. Do not use moisturizer as sunless tanning works best on clean exfoliated skin.
Post-sunless tanning tips:
- Don’t shower – Wait at least 6-8 hours until your next shower. The longer you wait, the better the color will develop.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – Keeping your skin hydrated is essential in helping your spray tan last longer. Moisturize at least twice a day.
- Put the gym on hold – Wait 24 hours after your spray tan to exercise as sweating will cause it to fade away if the color hasn’t fully set in and developed.