Planning to get a wax and a spray tan close together in the near future? Before you make an appointment, be sure to read up on a few important dos and don’ts for tanning after waxing.
Were you planning to spray tan soon after waxing your legs or another part of your body? That would be a tanning do. Waxing your body before tanning is a great way to exfoliate your skin which is an extremely important step to take to do before getting a tan. Why is this? Because tanning solution sticks much better to skin that’s been exfoliated than not. By getting a wax you are killing two birds with one stone – taking care of the exfoliation process as well as ridding yourself of unwanted body hair. Basically, you will be getting a longer lasting and more striking tan by exfoliating first.
However getting a spray tan the same day as waxing is a serious don’t. You will want to give your skin about 24 hours to recover before having your tan done to avoid an uneven look. Giving you skin time to bounce back from bumps and irritation without waiting long enough that the exfoliation has worn off will allow you to get the perfectly even and totally bronzed look you crave. When you get a spray tan directly after waxing, say in the same appointment time, you will end up with a tan that looks a bit patchy and uneven – far from ideal. In other words, just don’t do it!
No matter what you do, you will want to be sure that your skin is exfoliated before getting that spray tan done. If you aren’t planning to get a wax shortly before your tanning session, there are a couple of other ways to get that exfoliation done. One method is scrubbing with a body sponge or brush in the bath. This removes dead skin cells and exposes the freshest skin cells which tanning color sticks to the easiest and the longest. A wash cloth or exfoliating body wash will also do the trick – be sure to look at the bottle and check to make sure that you’re getting one with exfoliating beads. However, the easiest method is simply to schedule your waxing appointment within a day of your tanning appointment to get the most out of your for the littlest amount of effort and stress.