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1. Have a spray tanning area.
Do-it-yourself spray tanning can be messy if you don’t prepare for it enough. Have lots of towels ready in case of spills or over-application. You should also remember that many spray tan products can stain floors, tiles, walls, and other surfaces.
If possible, designate an area of your house for your spray tanning sessions, rather than just doing it anywhere you want. This minimizes accidents and makes you more prepared, with your cleaning materials handy.
2. Exfoliate your skin.
One of the most common reasons for those ugly streaks and orange color that appears after self tanning is the layer of dead skin cells that can get in the way of an even, fully-absorbed spray tan result. Prior to a spray tan session, take a shower and exfoliate your skin well, particularly the areas around the knees, elbows, and heels.
3. Other areas to prepare.
Do not wear antiperspirant or deodorant during a spray tanning session. Deodorants have ingredients that react with self tanning products, and can turn your armpits green for a while. If you have longer hair, pull your hair back and wear a shower cap to keep it in place during the spray tanning session.
4. Apply the spray tan evenly.
Even though you are spraying the product all over your body, it is still recommended to use gloves for your hands so they don’t get too much product.
When spraying, make sure your body is completely dry to avoid streaks. Hold the can at least eight (8) inches from your body when spraying. Ask a family member or friend to spray hard-to-reach areas in your back.
5. Tan face and hands last.
Tanning spray should be sprayed lightly over your face, like a mist. Rather than spraying the entire face, spray the areas in different sections. The last area to spray would be your hands; make sure your hands get an even amount as the rest of the body.
6. Wait a while.
Wait a few minutes for the spray tan to dry before toweling off or putting clothes on; if the product has not completely dried yet, you could end up with streaks or uneven spots.