I found this little gem on Allure Magazine's website. I am a HUGE fan of sunless tanning: your skiny doesn't dry out, its quick, cheap, and instant. I'm also impatient and hate waiting around, PLUS no side effects like wrinkles and sun spots. Read Hatton's tips on how to get that sunless glow with little mishap!
Insiders' Guide How to Get the Best Spray Tan
An Interview With Susie Hatton
Hatton is the founder and owner of Chocolate Sun Studio in Los Angeles.
By Danielle Pergament
My advice on getting a spray tan is always to err on the light side. More self-tanner doesn't just mean a deeper tan—it's also more likely to streak.
· Prepare yourself. The morning of your appointment, use a nonoily scrub to exfoliate your skin, particularly the knees and elbows (which tend to absorb more tanner and turn dark), as well as the neck, chest, shins, and face (where the skin is thinner and streaks show up). Coat any scabs or recent scars with Vaseline, and if you use Retin-A (or an over-the-counter retinoid) or take Accutane, talk to your doctor about going off it one week before your appointment. These can affect how the active ingredient, DHA, is absorbed, which can lead to a splotchy tan.
· Dress for the occasion. This is not the moment for your nice lingerie. Wear a thong that you don't mind ruining (most tanners wash out, but better safe than sorry) or the paper one provided.
· Go it alone. Spray-tan booths tend to be less expensive than an application by a technician, but the color won't be as even, and you might not catch any mistakes. If you're using a booth, put a light layer of lotion on the soles of your feet, between your toes and fingers, and on your palms, knees, and elbows; this will ensure a smoother tan. After the tanner has been sprayed on, look for drips or pools and gently blot them—never wipe. To avoid tanning the soles of your feet, stand on a towel in the booth, and when you step out, wipe your feet on another towel.
· Look sharp. Even if a technician sprays on the tanner, it's still a good idea to check her work and make sure there are no splotches. Once your skin is totally dry, which takes at least 20 minutes, put on loose, dark clothing, and skip the bra for the next six hours—if you can.
· Make it last. It's best not to let your skin get wet for eight hours. Don't exfoliate for at least a week, shave your legs as infrequently as possible, and moisturize from head to toe after you shower