Summer is here! Arizona Summers can be rough. A question we get very often here at Bronzmopolitan (usually from out-of-towners) is “Why would someone need a spray tan if they live in sunny Arizona? Can’t you just tan outside?” Well, as we Arizonans know, no one wants to be outside during the hot, HOT summer! The sun is beaming down, making you sweaty and thirsty, and typically causing a sunburn or sun damage that can last a lifetime. Yet we all need to wear less clothing to cope with the heat, and no one wants to look glowing white. So the answer is of course, get a spray tan!
Getting a spray tan weekly throughout the summer will give you consistent color without any of the corresponding damage that comes with sunbathing. However in the summer, it is important to remember a few key things to help you maintain your tan! If you follow these key rules, you will be rocking your glow all summer long and keep your skin fresh & damage-free.
Schedule your tan for a time of day when you know you will be indoors during the process time.
This is so important!While your tan is setting in, it is crucial that you stay dry and do not sweat, swim, shower, etc. for a minimum of 8 to 12 hours (2 to 4 if you use our accelerator!).If you do get sweaty, the moisture from your skin will keep the tanning product from being able to fully process, resulting in a lighter than desired tan.You might even find that your clothes leave tan lines (like tight bras, etc.) because you are even hotter & sweating more in these spots.That being said, don’t schedule your tan first thing in the morning if you know you will be running errands and in and out of a hot car all day.Come later in the day when you are just heading home to sit in the air-conditioning instead!And as always, be sure to wear dark colored, light-weight and loose fitting clothing while your tan is processing!
If you have a sunburn, EXFOLIATE!
Spray tanning is a great way to blend and hide tan lines.But if you have a sunburn, a spray tan will not fix everything unless you exfoliate first!The problem with sunburns is your skin typically peels as the burn is healing.You must make sure that all of your peeling, dead skin is exfoliated off before you come in for a spray tan application.If you don’t, your peeling may become much more noticeable as the dark skin from your tan will peel away to expose your new, fresh, pale skin underneath.We can recommend the perfect exfoliating product to suit your needs, just ask your tan technician!Avoid long dips in the pool.
Avoid long dips in the pool.
This one is tough, we know.Especially when you are trying to beat the summer heat! Swimming is fine, but it definitely will shorten the duration of your spray tan.This is because the chlorine in swimming pools causes your skin to dry out, ultimately causing you to lose more dead skin cells and shed your spray tan faster.We recommend keeping pool time to a minimum, but if you do want to go swimming be sure to moisturize before and afterward.Moisturizer will help create a barrier between the pool water and your skin, which will prevent the chlorinated water from drying you out as much.The same applies for salt water – this dries you out as well!We can recommend a fantastic moisturizer to suit your needs, just ask your tan technician!
Moisturize like crazy!
As we all know, Arizona heat is a DRY heat.So not only are you feeling thirsty, but your skin will need an extra quench as well!Be sure to lotion up daily with a quality moisturizer that contains NO mineral oil.Lotions and creams are always preferable over oils.Do not count on your sunscreen as a moisturizer!Yes, it is important to wear sunscreen to protect from the hot rays overhead, but sunscreen alone does not contain enough moisturizing ingredients needed for a long lasting tan.For the longest lasting tan, we recommend our Evolv Daily Glo Moisturizer.This moisturizer contains a hint of DHA (the magic ingredient in spray tans that gives you your color) so every time you apply, you help to prolong your tan!Pick up a bottle at your next visit!
If you follow these simple rules, you can look forward to a beautiful spray tan that will last 7 to 10 days even in these harsh summer conditions! So stop by for a tan and a cold drink, we can’t wait to see you!