Every woman wants that gorgeous bronze skin tone, but spray tan mishaps can happen to the best of us and it can leave you with an orange look that’s not a good look. This can be as a result of using the wrong product for your skin tone and skin type, you left the product too long on your skin or you didn’t prep your skin properly before tanning.
It’s always a dream for all ladies to have a beautiful golden tan that will make you feel sexy. But the damage to your skin from the sun’s harmful UV light and increase in skin cancer will cause you to rethink the hours you spend baking in the sun to achieve that bronze look. Getting a fake tan is a safer and better option and nobody will know the difference. If you don’t properly prepare your skin and apply the spray tan properly, you could end up with a bright orange color instead of a perfect bronze glow. The good news is there are simple ways of avoiding the orange spray tan.
How to prepare your skin to avoid an orange spray tan
How you prepare your skin before you go to the salon for your tanning appointment will determine how your tan will look. Also make sure that your spray tan artist understands your skin tone and color therapy to avoid giving you an unnatural, orange spray tan. The next most important thing is to prepare your skin so it can absorb the tanning solution evenly, help your skin maintain its glow, and prevent it from turning orange.
How to prepare your skin for a spray tan
- Make sure you exfoliate your skin at least 4 hours before your tanning appointment. You can use an exfoliator brush or exfoliating mitt to gently remove all the dead skin cells to leave your skin soft and smooth.
- Also, shower and shave at least 4 hours before your tanning appointment.
- Wax 24-48 hours before tanning so that you give your skin time to recover before tanning.
- Make sure your skin is clean and fresh and avoid moisturizing right before your appointment. Ensure that your skin is totally dry and free from any added lotions or oils. These products can affect how well your tan sticks on your skin and how evenly it applies.
- Avoid applying any beauty products like makeup when you’re going to tan.
- If you have beauty appointments like massage, facials, waxing, or nails, make sure you schedule them before your tanning appointment.
- Always wear loose-fitting clothes when going for a tan.
Post-tan care to avoid an orange spray tan
- Apart from preparing your skin before your spray tan, you should also take care of your skin after your tan to avoid getting streaks and turning orange. There are a few tips you should follow after your tan to keep you looking bronzed and beautiful.
- Avoid exfoliating after your tan until you’re ready to go for your next appointment.
- After tanning wear dark, loose-fitting clothes. You can wear a t-shirt dresses and sandals so you don’t mess your tan.
- Don’t take a shower for at least not the first 4 hours after your tan, but not more than a day after your tan.
- If it’s possible don’t wear a bra or underwear immediately after your tan to avoid getting false tan lines.
- Avoid water or moisture including strenuous workouts that will cause you to sweat for at least 4 hours after your tanning session.
- When you take a shower, avoid hot showers and scrub your body gently with your hands, and use an oil-free soap that won’t wash off your tan.
- Pat yourself dry with your towel instead of rubbing your skin.
- Keep your skin moisturized at least twice daily using an oil-free moisturizer after the third day.
How to fix your orange spray tan
The best thing about self-tanning is if you make a mistake it will start to fade in a few days, but if you use the wrong product you will look too orange and get discoloration and ugly streaks. Here are a few ways you can turn that orange hue on your skin around using some home remedies.
Baking soda is a very common item you’ll find in most kitchens and has many uses. To help you fix your orange tan, mix a small amount of baking soda and warm water. Use a washcloth to gently rub on the affected areas. The baking soda will create a bleaching effect and exfoliate your skin at the same time.
To lighten your tan, apply fresh lemon juice to your body. You can also use a small slice of lemon to remove stains on your hands.
Coconut or baby oil
To lighten your tan that has become much darker or more orange than you wanted, you can apply some baby or coconut oil on the affected areas and let it set on your skin, then take a hot bath. The hot water will help to lift the tan from your skin and the oil will break down the tan. Take a shower and rub your skin gently in circular motions with a loofah or a body exfoliant to exfoliate which helps to strip off the tan on your skin.
Coffee grinds are an excellent natural exfoliant. You can use an organic coffee scrub that contains moisturizing Shea butter and coconut and apply it all over your body to help lighten your tan.
Return to the salon
Go back to your spray tan technician to fix the mess they created. If you’re streaky or spotty, your technician can easily correct or mask these spray tan errors.
Self-tanners and spray tans are a safe and easy way to achieve that natural glow, but without the proper skin preparation, you can get the wrong results. Prepping your skin properly before getting a spray tan is the best way to avoid getting an orange spray tan and you can enjoy your natural, sun-kissed glow every time.