PHASE 1 - PREPARING THE SKIN
Preparing your skin for a sunless tan is a very important step in nailing the result every time.
- Exfoliate and moisturise 24 hours before you apply your self tan, paying particular attention to elbows, knees, ankles and problem dry areas. These areas can have very dry skin which will over-absorb if you haven't exfoliated
- Wax or shave at least 48 hours prior to treatment. This allows the pores enough time to close, to prevent dotting in pores.
- For the entire 24 hours before you apply your self tan avoid using bar soaps, high pH shower products, oil based products and in-shower moisturisers. These products may act as a barrier against your skin and can prevent the fast acting tanning agents to develop.
- Before applying your self tan, make sure your skin is clean and dry. Keep in mind that too much moisture causes tanning product to slide right off the skin. Don’t apply moisturising lotion except in light amounts on your knees and elbows — the areas where tanner generally absorbs too much. This helps stop these areas from getting too saturated.
- Don’t apply moisturiser, perfume, deodorant or makeup on the day of application.
- It is best to have a cool shower prior to application. This will ensure pores do not over absorb the Byron Bay Bronze foam.
PHASE 2 - APPLYING THE TAN
- Make sure you use a tanning mitt. Some creams like a gradual tanner you do not need to use a mitt however it is crucial when using tanning foams
- You do not need to shake the bottle...a lite twist will do
- Pump the tanning foam bottle to disperse the tanning foam onto the mitt
- Use long even strokes to cover your entire body
- The tanning foam has a guide colour in it which is just to show you where you are applying the tan...don't worry too much how this looks, just make sure the tan is covering all areas you want to tan
- Try to get it as even as possible but do not worry to much if you don't
- You may need a friend for your back...I can get all parts by using the back of the glove
- try to think about how a normal tan looks. You do not tan under your arms, bottom of your feet etc so do not worry about putting tan there. Try to think about where the sun would hit if you were lying out in the sun
- For super absorbent areas (Knees - Elbows - Back of hands) use only little amounts of residue tan from the mitt after tanning the rest of your body
- Remember the active just needs to come into contact with your skin. If you apply too much to your dry areas you will see the skin grab onto extra solution and overdevelop
- try to keep cool and even run a light fan if possible
- You can of course walk around however we suggest little exercise until after the first shower
PHASE 3 - WASHING IT OFF
After an hour (or longer – if you choose), shower quickly for 45 secs, with COOL water. The brown bronzers will wash away, while the fast tan actives continue to work and deepen. DO NOT USE USE HOT WATER. It stops the development of tan actives during the development time. This is a common mistake people make, especially in the colder months. Once you shower, you can wear your favourite clothes, go out of the house and it will definitely not stain the bed sheets. Your tan will develop into a natural tan without the hassle of fake tan staining and smell. Your tan will continue to develop for the next 24 hours. Make sure to pat dry your skin without any aggressive rubbing.
- Moisturise everyday after applying your self tan. Use the soon to be released Byron Bay Bronze gradual tanner so the tan is continually being topped up and your tan lasts longer.