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Top 3 tips for tanning in hot weather

We all know that spray tanning in wet weather can potentially mark and damage your tan, but did you know that spray tanning in excessively hot weather can be equally as damaging?

You can end up with a spray tan that has developed patchy or uneven due to sweating before the solution has had a chance to even be absorbed by the skin. With the extreme heat we are experiencing in Australia this week, I thought it might be useful to share my top tips for tanning in hot weather.

1. Don't shower right before your tan

When the skin is hot, it's natural mechanism is to cool the body down, so not only do you sweat but the skin won't absorb anything, especially something as light as spray tan solution. This is why you should be allowing at least a couple of hours after showering before a spray tan is applied. Not only can the water change the pH levels of the skin but our body temperature can rise slightly too.

Girl in shower

2. Stay cool

Tanning studio's are usually kept cool with the use of air conditioning and fans, but it's when you leave the studio that can be the issue, especially if you have a walk back to the car, and a drive home. It doesn't take long for the body to start sweating, and in turn for the tan to run. The use of baby powder on the body will only work so much, it definitely helps, but doesn't completely control the problem, especially in excessively hot weather. Stay cool, to and from your appointment, or if you're tanning at home, have the room cooled before and after your spray tanning application.

Summer heat, man in front of fan

3. Tan late in the afternoon or at night

Personally, I try not to tan clients when it is excessively hot. The body naturally sweats, the tan runs and your body simply wont absorb the solution. My advice to you is to take precautions coming to and from the studio, (or if tanning at home, have the house cooled). If your skin is hot before we start tanning, you will end up with a patchy result or very little tan colour. Your best option is to move your appointment to a time late in the afternoon or evening once the weather has cooled down.

Wall clock, spray tan after 5pm

So to sum it all up... shower 2-3 hours before tanning, stay super cool and leave your tanning till the weather has cooled down! Happy tanning and stay glowy... Sharon x

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