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Top Mistakes to Avoid with Your First Airbrush Tan

Airbrush Tan

Getting an airbrush tan can be a fantastic way to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking glow without the harmful effects of UV radiation. However, if it's your first time, there are several common pitfalls you'll want to avoid to ensure your tan looks flawless. Here are the top mistakes to steer clear of when getting your first airbrush tan:

1. Not Exfoliating Before Your Session

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is failing to exfoliate before your tanning appointment. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, ensuring a smoother surface for the tan to adhere to, which helps in achieving an even color. Use a gentle scrub or exfoliating glove a day before your session to avoid streaks or patches.

2. Wearing Lotions, Perfumes, or Makeup to Your Tanning Appointment

Products on your skin can act as barriers to the tanning solution, resulting in uneven coverage. It's essential to arrive at your appointment with clean, dry skin, free of any products. This includes makeup, deodorant, and moisturizers, which could otherwise lead to an uneven or blotchy tan.

3. Choosing the Wrong Shade

It’s tempting to go for a deep tan, especially if you’re naturally fair-skinned, but this can end in results that look unnatural. For a more natural result, opt for a shade that complements your skin tone. A professional tanning technician can help you choose the right level of color based on your natural skin color and desired outcome.

4. Wearing Tight Clothing After the Session

After getting an airbrush tan, your skin needs time to absorb the tanning solution completely. Tight clothing can rub off the tanner and cause streaks. Opt for loose, dark clothing post-session to prevent any smudging or unevenness.

5. Getting Wet Too Soon After the Tan

Water is the enemy of a developing tan. Avoid showering, swimming, or sweating for at least 8 hours after your session. This waiting period allows the solution to fully develop so you can achieve the maximum depth of color.

6. Neglecting Moisture Post-Tan

Hydration is key to extending the life of your airbrush tan. After the initial setting period (usually after your first shower), moisturize daily to keep your skin hydrated. Avoid oil-based moisturizers, which can break down the tan more quickly. Instead, opt for a water-based lotion to help maintain your glow.

7. Failing to Use a Touch-Up or Maintenance Product

While not strictly necessary, using a gradual tanning lotion or a touch-up product can help maintain your tan's color and evenness. These products are specially formulated to work with your airbrush tan and can help extend its longevity.

By avoiding these common mistakes, your first airbrush tan experience can lead to a beautiful, long-lasting bronze that looks both stunning and natural. Remember, the key to a great tan is in the preparation and aftercare, so take your time and follow these guidelines closely.

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We want to help you look and feel your best. Our team of experts will help you choose the right tanning option for you and provide you with the best possible service.

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