A Celebrity Spray Tanner’s Top Dos and Don’ts for Keeping That Golden Glow

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A Celebrity Spray Tanner’s Top Dos and Don’ts for Keeping That Golden Glow

Do exfoliate: Whether you're using a self-tanner or getting airbrushed by a pro, her first piece of advice: prepare your skin with a good scrub at least eight hours before your session. "The better condition your skin is in the better your spray tan will look and last," she says. "I would recommend to start exfoliating a few days before your appointment — we want to get all the dead skin off so that we have a perfect canvas to work on."

Do wear the right clothing: Before you get your tan, be sure to wear loose-fitting and dark clothing. "Sometimes the self-tan can rub off onto clothing, however if your spray tanner is good, they can set the self-tan so that it does not transfer," says Evans.

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A Celebrity Spray Tanner’s Top Dos and Don’ts for Keeping That Golden Glow

Don’t layer on the products: Avoid using moisturizers, perfume, and deodorant before your tan. "A good [professional] spray tanner will make sure you have removed all products prior to the treatment.

Do plan ahead a day or two in advance: "I have a lot of clients who go to their big event freshly sprayed that day," says Evans, "[but] normally you would have your spray tan treatment the day or two before a big event allowing your self-tan to settle.

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A Celebrity Spray Tanner’s Top Dos and Don’ts for Keeping That Golden Glow

Don't get waxed before or after: Hair removal by waxing should also be done 24 hours before your spray tan, Evans says. "If you have just had your legs waxed and then get a spray tan the self-tan can settle into pores and cause a slightly spotty look. Also, just remember getting waxed after a spray tan will remove your self-tan — so book accordingly." Shaving, however, is okay as it's also a light form of exfoliation, she says.

Don't sweat it (literally): A traditional self-tan should be left on for 8 hours with no exercise or swimming for the rest of the day — however, there are express formulas on the market like St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mist where you can tan, shower, and go in one hour for a light glow, two for a medium and then three for the deepest glow. Once you have taken a shower you can do whatever you like without the fear of your self-tan being ruined.

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A Celebrity Spray Tanner’s Top Dos and Don’ts for Keeping That Golden Glow

Do keep your skin protected: "Just remember, spray tans formulas are normally formulated without SPF so if you are planning to go into the sun, remember to protect your skin. You can still burn and tan through a self-tan," she says, which is why you should seek out shade or cover up with a hat.

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A Celebrity Spray Tanner’s Top Dos and Don’ts for Keeping That Golden Glow

In addition, Evans says that self tanners have come a long way from the streaky, orange formulas as seen on mid-aughts reality TV stars (we're looking at you, Jersey Shore!) "St. Tropez Tan, for instance, has just been reformulated, making their self-tans last up to 10 days," she says. In addition to offering anti-aging properties, their products feature "intelligent tan technology" that allows them to suit the color of your skin. They're also super-hydrating, fast-drying, and feature "a rather clever mood-boosting fragrance," Evans says.

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Although getting a natural tan is much easier on the wallet (free UV rays, right?), the true cost comes in serious health risks down the road. (Same goes for tanning beds.) That’s why spray tanning and at-home products like self-tan mists are a worry-free way to get that golden glow — and if you’re a first-time tanner, there are steps you need to take to ensure you get the most out of your bronze.

That’s why we reached out to celebrity tanner and St. Tropez Tan spokesperson Sophie Evans. “Skin cancer is still on the increase and [real suntanning is] extremely damaging and aging to our skin,” she says.

According to the FDA, there’s “no such thing as a safe tan”: when your skin is exposed to the sun’s UV radiation, it protects itself by increasing production of melanin (the pigment that gives your eyes, skin, and hair color). That’s how your skin gets that tan hue — and it’s also “a sign of damage,” the FDA says. (Here’s where we tell you that wearing SPF is key to avoiding premature aging.)

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Evans says that spray-on and self-tans not only keep us from baking our epidermis to a crisp — it also gives our skin a more flawless finish. “When the skin goes darker imperfections do not show up as bad — cellulite appears to be reduced and in some cases disappears, and redness is eliminated,” Evan says. Plus, a professional spray tan artist “can go one step further by using a darker formula on your natural contour lines to really give you the illusion of being more slim and super-toned.”

What’s more, people of all skin tones can benefit from a spray tan. “The deepest, darkest complexions get a gorgeous uniform even glow (think Beyoncé and J. Lo),” she says. “[Although] the palest of the pale generally won’t go super dark, their skin is certainly transformed [with a healthy-looking glow and they’ll] really see the true benefit of a self-tan’s concealing powers.”

Scroll through the gallery above for Evans’ full dos and don’ts on getting tanned, then check out the latest episode of The SASS below to learn more about non-toxic, pregnancy-friendly tans.

Do you prefer getting a professional tan or doing it yourself at home? Tell us in the comments!

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