By Sarah Kinonen. Photos: Getty Images.
Despite the gloomy weather we've been experiencing here on the east coast, the countdown to summer is officially on. Which means, if you're someone who uses the rising temps as an excuse to get your glow on, now's your time to shine. But before you start planning a weekend getaway at the beach, allow us to remind you the art of spray tanning: It's a safer alternative to spending hours under the sun (meaning no UV damage) and, if treated properly, can last longer than the traditional suntan.
And while you've probably heard the spiel, here's a quick refresher on how to prep for a spray tan, because preparation is key. "Always exfoliate with a non-oil-based scrub before a spray tan," bicoastal spray-tan pro (and a former bronzer to the Angels in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show) Kristyn Pradas previously told Allure. "It is best to do this a day before your scheduled appointment, but the day of is fine, too." Along with scrubs, shaving, and waxing, New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman recommends using some sort of cleansing brush. "If you use a sonic cleansing system before the spray tan, that helps a lot," she says. "Or use with a loofah — it's very important that you exfoliate before a spray tan otherwise it will come out with spots."
But if you've been previously diagnosed with a skin disease, like keratosis pilaris, psoriasis, or even eczema, is it safe to undergo a spray tan (along with the added exfoliation) with a pre-existing skin condition? Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center, says it might be best to avoid the faux glow altogether. "Not because it will worsen the skin condition, but because it will have a very uneven and blotchy looking result," she tells Allure. But it's important to remember that not all skin conditions are alike, so before you decide to (or not to) faux glow, consult a dermatologist or medical professional.
Instead, Tanzi recommends applying a pigmented spray, which gives skin an immediate "tan" similar to makeup coverage but won't irritate inflamed skin. Our pick for summer? The Allure editor-approved Tan-Luxe Hydra Mousse, which glides on limbs clear (yes, clear!) — and only leaves behind a faint whiff of DHA. Safe tanning, right this way.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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