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As a professional spray tan artist, I want to share with you my best tips and tricks to achieve the best, even and long lasting spray tan or self tanner!

How to Prep for your spray tan

There is just something about getting a little bit of a glow to your skin that will put a pep in your step! I’m all about getting some much needed Vitamin D but also protecting your skin.

A Spray Tan or applying a self tanner is the perfect solution, literally. Here is the deal though, are there bad spray tans, colors, applications and fading. . . YES! I don’t want that for you, so I’m going to share my tricks of the trade so that you can get the most out of your tan and help bring that confidence you’ve always had to the surface.

How to pick the best spray tan or self tanner for your skin tone.

Orange. Ooompa-Loompa. Trump. These are the most common concerns I hear when discussing spray tans with a client. Girl, I hear you! I’m not about to let anyone look orange. BUT a bad solution choice can cause this dreadful outcome. Let’s discuss some DO’s and DON’Ts for picking out which spray tan solution you will chose.

How to prep for the best long lasting spray tan:

If you are going to a spray tan artist ask how they will determine which solution they will use for you. NOT all solutions are made fore everyone. So if they don’t have a variety of color ranges then I’d suggest looking into going somewhere else. If they custom mix or base it off of your skin tone and desired out come, then that’s great!

When choosing self tanners I have a few tips.

If you will be doing a self-tan at home, let’s choose the best solution or spray tan color for you.

The most common solution tones I see are Green/Blue or Violet. This is what creates the “tan” while working with your natural skin tone to create a brown/golden color. Think back to art class and mixing paint colors to create different shades of brown.

Violet tone gives you a deep dark brown tan. Green/blue bases tend to give a more golden brown/glowy tan.

Violet solutions look amazing on most blondes. Violet is the way to go if you are Warm – Yellow, peachy, or Golden undertones:

  • Yellow or Golden complexions
  • Green or olive veins in the wrists
  • Skin reflects blue in natural sunlight
  • Tans in the sun easily
  • Has a natural base tan
  • Wears yellow based makeup
  • Looks best in gold jewelry

Green base tanners are your best bet if you don’t meet the above and want just a golden tan that wont’ pull orange. When in doubt, go with a green base tan. Here are a few of my fav Green base tanners I’d suggest:

Here are a few of my fav violet base tanners I’d suggest for your self tans:

If you are doing a self-tan, you will want to make sure you have mitt/glove, most come with them. I highly recommend getting this one to tan those hard to reach places!

There is some preparation on your end to achieve the BEST Spray Tan/Self Tan. Here are the best tips on how to prep your skin for a flawless spray tan:

Just think SHOWER.  SHAVE.  EXFOLIATE.

You will want to Shower, Shave and Exfoliate 2 or more hours (no more than 24 hours) before your spray tan. Showering to close to doing your spray tan can still have your pores open from the shower, creating a freckled appearance. (ex. your appointment is at 2pm the latest you should shower would be before 12pm that same day.)

How to Prep for your Spray Tan

Exfoliate THOROUGHLY. This will remove dead skin and provide a new, smooth surface for your tan. Exfoliating helps to promote even coverage and lengthens the duration of the tan. This allows the skin to return to its normal pH level before you come to your appointment. It is important you exfoliate using a non-oil based exfoliate that will not leave behind any residue.

What’s the best exfoliator for a Spray Tan?

A simple sugar and coffee scrub works great! All products you most likely have at home too! Check out our simple DIY Sugar Scrub Recipes, they work great for your whole body.

Hot Tip! avoid Dove products before and while you have your tan, as they are harsh on Spray Tans. Dove soap and Dove lotions leave a film on your skin that directly leads to a blotchy tan.

After showering DO NOT apply lotions, perfumes, deodorant or makeup. I understand getting your spray tan may take place after work, etc. Makeup wipes are fine to use before your tan to remove your makeup.

HYDRATE!

Hydrate the skin from the inside out!  Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.

Tips for achieving the best spray tan at home:

When you are ready to apply your spray tan, first make sure you have waited at least 2 hours since your shower/bath to allow your pores to close for an even tan.

Next, apply a fragrance free lotion (a thick face lotion works great!) to all of your dry areas of your body: Hands, elbows, feet, toes, ankles, lay it on thick! Then light layer on your face/or dry spots!

Work your tan in a circular motion. I start at the bottom(feet) work my way up to my booty, back, around my stomach then my arms, chest, face and lastly neck.

Once you are evenly tan apply a setting powder. Yes, your translucent powder works or talc-free baby powder! Just use a clean makeup brush or cotton ball and get your neck, can even use a flick of the wrist to get your neck from a far. Your inner elbow crease, under arms, under your boobs, down your cleavage, backs of knees.

This helps set it! (obvs!) Helping prevent white patches from bending your arms, neck etc. Plus helps take that tacky feeling away!

WASH your hands immediately. And wipe any excess lotion left off with a wipe. Now baste baby baste!

BE PREPARED & PROCESS!

How you decide to Tan is up to you and your comfort level. If you are working with a spray tan artist they will let you know what they are comfortable with. Wear a darker swim suit, dark bra and/or undergarments to accommodate your comfort level IF needed. But I say who needs tan lines! **Spray Tan Solution washes out of most clothing very easily but tends to stain nylon and Lycra materials; this is why dark clothing is recommended.

Important! After the Tan: Be prepared to wear dark loose fitting clothing after the tan is completed.  Please avoid jeans, leggings, tall socks, boots, etc. While you tan is going to look so freaking good in those ripped jeans later, let it breathe and do it’s magic now! These can cause restriction and rubbing of the tan leading to blotchy tan in those areas. My favorite post tan outfit is a comfy onsie from amazon, what a great excuse to lounge around in it!

All swimming, showering and vigorous exercise must be avoided until after your first shower, sweating can inhibit the development of your tan. Do not shave for at least one day after your treatment. HYDRATE!

How to prep for your spray tan

Let your tan process at least 8 hours, no longer than 24 hours (processing overnight if you had an evening tan is fine) before showering. This allows your tan to develop. Note: Some solutions may have you wash sooner and the tan will develop/get darker over the next few hours.

How do you wash your spray tan off?

When you shower for the first time, it should be a warm shower, with no soaps.  REMEMBER when you tan it is normal to see a pool of color washing off, this is the color guard/bronzer that helps us see where it is as we apply the tan.  Your tan is still there 🙂

Wash your entire body with warm water. After you have washed your entire body with warm water and you no longer see a pool of color, you can use a gentle soap like Sjolie Body Wash or a dye/fragence free soap to get clean.  Most women have Summer’s Eve and that works great for me to use as a body wash without effecting my spray tan!

IMPORTANT: when you are done with your shower, pat yourself dry do not rub yourself dry this could exfoliate your tan!

The following products will lighten or make an airbrush tan blotchy:

Dove soap and Dove products, Hair thinning lotion or removing lotion Anti-aging products or AHA’s Beta Hydroxy Acids-salicylic acid Retin-A type products (Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, Tretinoin) Toners containing alcohols or witch hazel, Anti-acne products (Accutane, salicylic acid), Facial masks and scrubs, Pore cleansing facial strips ,Wax depilatories Depilatory products, Bleach products for body hair, Hot tubs, chlorine and salt water. Bug sprays – try to spray your clothes instead of you or spray a “cloud” to go through.

Please keep in mind woman’s tan can be directly affected by her hormones. It doesn’t happen often but can cause blotchiness or the tan to not develop properly.  Those who are pregnant may want to consider a patch test to ensure their body reacts properly. 

As always feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns! Our tanning appointments at BLC are a JUDGE FREE ZONE, everyone is beautiful and we want them to walk away feeling that way.  Your spray tan artist should do the same!

How to make your spray tan last:

It is recommended you follow these general guidelines to maintain your tan: Moisturize regularly with a harsh free moisturizer. Avoid long hot baths and showers as these speed up exfoliation. Pat your skin dry after a bath or shower. Rubbing your skin may rub off your tan. Avoid swimming pools and seawater, as these are natural exfoliants and can reduce your tan. Moisturize after every shower.

How to Make your spray tan last on vacation

If you will be swimming or getting in the hot tub, apply waterproof sunscreen before you enter, once you are done be sure to rinse immediately! As always HYDRATE!

Spray Tans are a fun way to help feel refreshed but alway remember they DO NOT protect against the sun, so be sure to use your sunscreen!

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Have dry lips? You are not alone, and you can use a few simple ingredients found in your kitchen to help make your dry lips smooth again with our DIY Sugar Lip Scrubs. Make them at home for yourself or for the perfect homemade beauty Christmas Gift!

One thing winter time is sure to bring. . . Dry skin!  Eh, such a pain (literally!)  For me personally I end up with dry, peeling lips and of course this time of year is when I am wanting to apply my favorite dark lipstick but Dry, peeling lips + Lipstick = Not a pretty combo.  A homemade lip scrub is definitely needed.

Good news, you can exfoliate off that peeling skin and bring it back to life. Not to mention you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do so.  Some of the best ingredients for a great scrub are found right in your kitchen.  It only takes a few ingredients and you have a few different scrub options. Plus, these make for gorgeous thoughtful Christmas gifts.  Let me show you just how easy, useful and gorgeous these scrubs are.  

What are the benefits of a lip scrub?

Lip Scrubs are used to exfoliate removing impurities, dead flaky skin and plump your lips.

Why use sugar as an exfoliate?

One of the obvious reasons to use sugar as an exfoliate is it’s inexpensive and most likely already in your home. To break it down in three reasons with a little science. First, sugars small granules are usually more gentle on skin than a salt scrub. Sugar’s natural humectants properties draws moisture from the environment and hydrate the skin.

Another natural source sugar has a benefit as an exfoliate, is that it has glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates the skin. This breaks down what bonds skin cells, helping to encourage cell turnover. Which generates fresher, younger-looking skin. You have probably heard of Glycolic acid before, as it typically used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin.

DIFFERENT FLAVOR SCRUB OPTIONS:  

Homemade DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

Peppermint Scrub: Sugar, Honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and peppermint (more granulated) **Can add food coloring for color if desired.  
While this one just screams “Hey it’s Christmas/Winter time!” with the smell, Peppermint also has been known to help with cold sores when applied topically, while you wouldn’t want to scrub them this a great way to lather up those lips to do what you can to prevent them this season.   

Homemade DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

Cinnamon Scrub:  Sugar, Brown Sugar, Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  
Cinnamon is know to bring blood flow to the skin and nutrients, causing plumping.  Here is some great info on benefits of Cinnamon. 

Homemade DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub: Brown sugar, Coffee grounds, Coconut Oil and Honey.  
Coffee exfoliates, tightens and brightens skin.   Hot Tip: This is my favorite scrub to make up quickly to exfoliate off my old spray tan and prep for my next spray tan!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:  ​

Sugar
Brown Sugar
Peppermint Oil
Honey
Cinnamon
Coffee Grounds
Coconut Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Jars or a way to store them.  Mason Jars are always a perfect way to give these or I saved these tiny little containers from a previous gift of sample jelly’s (yay for recycling!) 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SUGAR LIP SCRUB:  

With the ingredients listed in the flavor options you will want to make these according to your jar size.  Add your sugar and your oils slowly, you will want to kind of mash your coconut oil into the sugar softly and combine.  Be patient and keep mixing, you don’t want to disintegrate your sugar.

Once it is combined and still has a sugary finish but sticks together with a thick paste texture you are done!  With the peppermint oil only use a drop or two, it goes a LONG way.  Honey will only take a few drops as well.  ​Remember it’s always easier to add more later if needed.  

HOW TO USE YOUR DIY SUGAR LIP SCRUB: ​

Over a sink, scoop out desired amount, I would suggest enough to scoop out on your index finger, apply to your lips by patting on,  then taking a soft (yes, you want a soft) toothbrush or wash cloth scrub around to exfoliate.  You can apply more scrub as needed.  Feel your lips, did you get all the dry skin off? If no, you can add more and keep scrubbing.  If Yes?!  Now wipe off with damp towel and apply your favorite lip balm.  

While these are packaged up for your lips, I use these same recipes for my body exfoliators, especially when prepping for my spray tans!

HOW LONG IS YOUR HOMEMADE SUGAR LIP SCRUB GOOD FOR?

Keep your lip scrub refrigerated. It can be stored for about 2 weeks in refrigerator.  Have you gotten yourself one of these mini beauty product fridges to store all your masks, oils, rollers and scrubs in yet? It’s a MUST! I love this one with the built in Bluetooth speaker, perfect for getting ready with or unwinding.

Give a lip scrub with our Christmas gift note + directions and your favorite lip balm, for a gorgeous, unique and useful gift from the heart.  Get the FREE printable here!

Now you have the women in your life covered for Christmas, but you need to get your hard to buy for man a gift? I’ve got the most unique gift guide for your outdoors-men here!

What are you favorite ways to keep your skin moisturized in the dry winter months?  Do you have a favorite combination of kitchen items to use on your skin?  

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How to make your own DIY Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub with ingredients you already have in your kitchen.  Includes FREE Christmas Gift Printable.

Ever have that moment when all of a sudden you’re out of EVERYTHING to get ready?!  Yeah, that was me this week.  Everything ran out at once.  (WHY?!!)  But this girl has to get ready for certain things, dark spots need to be covered.  Eyebrows need to be filled.  You get the gist.  I know I am not the only one who runs into this problem, so I figured I’d give you a few of my hacks for getting ready even when your out of the usual.