We agree that spray tanning is a delicate process, but it is not exactly rocket science. The whole procedure is quick, rather simple and there are not that many things that can go wrong.
However, there are certain aspects of sunless tanning that you should consider and pay close attention to. For example, you should make sure you don’t have other skin treatments the day of your spray tanning session (like sauna, spa, etc).
You should not apply deodorant or antiperspirant right before you head to your tanning salon; you should not shower or go swimming for a least 8 hours after your session, and so on…
But, can you shave after a spray tan?
Of course, this is quite frequent and very common question in the world of spray tanning, and the answer is YES – you can shave both before and after your session, but there are certain rules for you to follow.
Simple rules, but rules nonetheless.
Tips On Shaving BEFORE Your Spray Tan
We at Artesian Tan recommend shaving one whole day before your spray tanning appointment. This way you will actually exfoliate your skin and thus allow the tanner to set even better.
Both shaving and waxing provide a smoother skin for a spray tanning specialist to work with, which means your tan will be of even better quality as exfoliated skin doesn’t have dry patches that usually lead to uneven spray tanning results.
Special Tip For Women With Dark Hair
Persons with extremely coarse hair should shave at least the night before their appointment. This way you will give your pores a chance to close up prior to the session.
If, however, your pores are open during the applying of the tanner, the solution won’t be able to settle into the pores of your skin which often leads to the appearance of notorious polka dots.
Special Tip For Women With Light Hair
The ladies with fair hair don’t have to worry too much about shaving as they can very well shave the day of their spray tanning appointment.
Tips On Shaving AFTER Your Spray Tan Session
Since shaving does more than just cut your hair – it also exfoliates the skin quite a bit – you should wait at least 8 hours after your spray tanning session is over as the tanner needs this time to set.
There are also several tricks on how to do this correctly:
Use New Razor
Chances are your old and who-knows-how-many-times used razor is pretty dull and dirty. This means using it will probably drag heavily on your skin and thus remove the tanner. Make sure you get a new one that will be able to smoothly glide over your skin without taking the spray tan with it.
Never Use Shaving Foam
Shaving foam and other similar shaving products are usually packed with ingredients (like alcohol and heavy detergents) that can potentially damage your sunless tan.
If it is absolutely necessary for you to use something that will act as shaving foam, try using conditioner or a shower gel, but make sure they don’t contain sulfate. There are also shaving lotions you can use that are made especially for sunless tanning.
Do It Lightly
While shaving, avoid pressing too hard. Otherwise, your razor will scrape off the tanning solution.
Don’t Shave Too Often
If it is possible, make sure you are not shaving on a daily basis. Because the more you shave, the faster your new spray-on tan will fade out.
So, there you go folks. To answer the titular question Can you shave after a spray tan? once again – yes, you can, but as long as you follow the rules we mentioned above.
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