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Spray Tan FAQ

Learn all about spray tans from licensed esthetician Joanna Vargas in this Howcast video.


I do spray tan in my office and I get asked the same questions over and over. So here are the most frequently asked questions that I have at the salon.

Number one, what does it smell like? Well, the truth is that spray tans still don't smell very good. The chemical agent that helps turn your skin that beautiful golden brown, it smells a little bit. Even if it's a naturally derived ingredient it's still going to have kind of a funny odor. So I wouldn't get a spray tan and then go out to dinner with my boyfriend. You might want to avoid people.

The second frequently asked question that I get at the salon is when is it okay to shower? The truth is that you need to let the cream set on your skin for a few hours before you rinse it off. Now, I know you're eager to get it off your skin because it doesn't smell great and it's a little bit sticky, but you need to leave it for at least three hours to really let the chemical agent react with your skin cells so that you'll get a nice, golden color.

And the final thing that I get asked a ton is, can I go to the gym after this? The truth is that you really shouldn't go out and get sweaty after you've had a spray tan. Again, you want to give the cream and the chemical ingredient that creates the color a chance to settle in and react with your skin. If you introduce sweat into the whole mixture your color isn't going to come out even. You're going to have nice white streaks where you were perspiring the most. And you're not going to look the best. You're going to kick yourself that you spent money getting a spray tan and you didn't just go home and relax.

So my best tips for getting the best results is don't exercise, don't be so eager to jump in the shower and just deal with the effects of the smell on your body for a little while. You're gonna love the golden tone that your skin has. And if you're about to go on vacation or if you're going to an event, that's what you want at the end of the day. So why not take the steps necessary to make it come out the best?

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