A little tip for those of you using products for oily skin or acne like ProActive, over the counter medications for acne or Retin-A
These products will remove a tan fast from the face unfortunately, They are designed to keep the skin free of dead skin cells, excess oil to keep break outs to a minimum.
If you are using any products that are prescribed by a dermatologist or doctor then its VERY important to let your artist know this beforehand. They can lead to a spotty or splotchy tan on your face and chest area. When using these products of course they will get on your hands and remove the tan from there as well. :/
For Brides talk to your doctor about going off the Retin-A before your wedding and getting a sunless tan 2-3 weeks before hand is the best as the medication take awhile to get out of your system especially if you have been on it for awhile.
One more thing for those of you with large pores on your face, chest and neck area...its a good idea to have your face sprayed lighter or with a clear solution so you do not get "dirty pores" once the solution is done processing it will look like you have blackheads. NOT a pretty thing!
When you have a session with me I always give you tips on how to make your glow last and fade just like a real tan. I decided to give a little low down here on my blog for those of you who may not be able to have a session with me.
~First I always tell my clients to use high quality products to exfoliate and hydrate their skin. Cheap products have junk them; yes I'm a product snob! (wink)
~Exfoliate on a regular basis, not just once right before your tan.
~You can make your own simple scrub; granulated sugar and a Rami mitt or washcloth.
~Hydrate your skin from the inside out; Drink lots of water and use a great lotion.
~Do not spray perfume on your chest, spray it on your clothes. Your tan can get splotchy here due to the build up of perfume it permeates the skin w/repeated use.
~Stay away from really hot showers and NO baths till you want to remove the tan. When your ready to do that take a HOT batch with some baby oil and baking soda and soak for 10min then stand up and scrub.
~If you skip days of putting lotion on your skin then it will fade quicker and can get splotchy...A real tan does the same thing. Its your natural cells shedding, they don't shed evenly.
~The more you do sunless the better it keeps taking, Even my clients who do it only once a month find that it looks so natural.
~Before working out put a little cornstarch based powder on the shoulders, between breasts, under underarms. Then when done make sure to rinse off the sweat don't let it sit on your skin to dry, sweat has all those toxins that you just got out of your body...so rinse!
Hope this helps you get good sunless even if I can't be the one giving it to you!
Loving what I do and keeping busy with my wonderful clients and my 4yr old daughter. I'm very blessed and grateful!!