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Spray tanning with a sunburn?

Many people are under the mistaken impression that once they get a spray tan, they’re automatically protected from damage that may come from UV radiation. Nothing could be further from the truth.

An airbrush tan only coats the upper layers of skin with color, which does not contain sunscreen. This means that once a client gets a spray tan, he or she will need to make sure to use a good moisturizer with a rating of 30 SPF or higher to ensure that skin stays burn-free.

But what about individuals who come to you with skin that’s already been overexposed to the sun?

The best thing to do in a situation like this is to tell clients to wait until the burn has dissipated. A burn dries skin out. And while spray tan solution may appear to help hide unattractive redness short term, long term, it won’t help.

The reason for this is simple. Once skin begins to peel, the spray tan will come off and cause patchiness. This may end up looking worse than the initial redness.

Even when a client comes to you with a mild sunburn, the advice is still the same: don’t proceed with the spray tan. If you do, then tell him or her about the risks involved and emphasize that the person:

  • take especial care to exfoliate thoroughly BEFORE a session

  • keep skin moisturized at all times

  • use a spray tan enhancer, like our Brazilian Mist, for touch ups

At NG we’re not just about helping people look good. We’re also about keeping the looks we create fresh and healthy for as long as possible. That’s why everything we make, from our world-famous spray tan solutions to our moisturizers, use only all natural, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients.

Don’t get burned. For the best results with your clients, use common sense, and the very best products. Contact us today and let us show you the secret to more golden success!


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