Preparing for your Airbrush Tan
Exfoliate well a few days before if possible, especially if you are prone to dry skin, and moisturize well for a week before. DO NOT Moisturize on the day you come in for your tan.
Wear loose clothing, to wear after your tan- nylons and other tight clothing or shoes may dislodge the tanning solutions even if you are completely dry when leaving, sweats, shorts and flip flops work great. If you wear shorts, it is a good idea to bring an old towel for you to sit on for the ride home.
Wear your hair back or in a pony tail.
Choose dark clothing, or something old to be tanned in as solution will stain clothing.
Don't wear makeup, lotions, deodorant or other body products before your tanning.
Give your tan about 6 to 8 hours before showering, exercising or otherwise getting wet. After 6-8 hours, feel free to shower. Do not be surprised when you see the color guide of the solution wash down the drain- it is not your tan. Your own natural sun kissed tan will be underneath.
Moisturize your skin regularly after tanning - avoid Dove products or products that contain mineral oils as they may cause early fading.
Pamper the skin your in after you have an airbrushed tan. After showering, use a gentle patting motion rather than rubbing your skin dry.
Expect products with glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy and other "exfoliating" ingredients to also prematurely fade your tan. These products are made to exfoliate skin and anything that exfoliates skin will also take your tan with it.
Don't spend long periods of time in the water while having a airbrush tan. Water makes your skin soft and will make it exfoliate quicker, thereby shortening the length of your tan.