Tips and tricks
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Anyone else feeling paler than pale right now? It’s looking like winter is showing signs of disappearing and summer feels like it’s on the way, but we’re a long way off that golden brown tan. Luckily St Tropez has got our backs to give us that much needed golden glow all year-round. Phew!
But how do you prolong your spray tan and make it last as long as possible?
A long-lasting tan starts before you get to the salon
The trick is to prep your skin before your appointment. Start exfoliating every day, three days before you’re due in the salon. Check out our blog for a fab homemade exfoliator recipe.
Exfoliating beforehand will ensure your skin is in the best condition prior to your treatment. Try to shower and exfoliate about eight hours before your spray tan as this will allow your skin to settle and it will be at its best pH balance for the tan to develop.
Sorry about the waffle, in short, exfoliate and try not to use any heavy moisturisers on the day.
On the day
You already know not to use any heavy body lotions as this could lighten the tan but what should you wear to your appointment?
Anything loose is a good bet, and if possible, avoid wearing a bra - you got a spray tan to avoid tan lines after all. We’re not fussy about what you turn up in, or what you leave in, so anything comfy and loose goes!
You’ll need to remove any deodorant and foundation before your treatment as the barrier could mean an uneven tan and no one wants that!
We get a lot of questions about your first shower after a tan. Our best advice would be to avoid chemicals and stick to natural products where possible and don’t have the shower too hot.
Moisturising is key
Hydrating your skin will make your tan last but be sure to avoid oil-based moisturisers. Try to moisturise in the shower or straight after and you’ll be on to a winner.
Don’t sweat it
We’re talking heavy exercise, sunscreen and chlorine. These are all a no go for a long lasting golden glow. What better excuse do you need to skip the gym?
Don’t worry if you do any of these things though, we’ll explain below!
Call in backup
A good spray tan will last about 10 days but you can extend the shelf life of your golden glow with the help of an at-home gradual tan. We love St Tropez in shower gradual tan because it’s super quick and easy! It’ll top up your tan nicely between appointments in just three minutes. We recommend using it every three to four days to boost your colour.
If you do have a gym sesh, just use a this in the shower after to save any damage to your tan.
Back to exfoliating
Light exfoliation is the best way to avoid blotchiness. You’ll need to do this every two to three days to make sure you keep an even glow. Try to use a gentle formula so that it doesn’t damage the tan.
If you need any more tips, we’re always happy to help! Book your spray tan online.
One of the most popular beauty treatments we offer at the salon is gel manicures. There’s nothing better than the feeling of new nails, we get them done for events, nights out, dates, and just to look even more fab than we usually do.
To make sure your nails look as fresh as possible, for as long as possible, we’ve put together our top tips for looking after your gel nails.
1. Choose a comfortable nail length
Choose a nail length you can maintain. Gels are meant to be stronger than normal polish but the longer your nails, the more prone to damage they will be. We hear ya, we love long nails too so if you want to go long, just bear in mind that they are not indestructible - our nails are jewels not tools ladies.
2. Cover up
Some products and chemicals can damage and lift gel so just be wary of this when cleaning and washing up. Pop some gloves on to help protect your nails from damage.
3. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
Keeping your hands and nails moisturised with hand cream and nail oil will nourish the root of your nails, allowing them to grow stronger and healthier and stops the product on them from going brittle.
4. Go light
We’re all for bright colours and dark shades but by choosing a lighter shade you’ll extend the life of your gels. All gels will last 2-4 weeks but light shades won’t show growth or marks as easily as dark colours.
5. Regular appointments
We advise you visit the salon every 2-4 weeks to keep your nails looking their best. Any longer and nails start to become weak as the product grows out.
6. Don’t pick!
Ladies if you take anything away from this, do not pick your gel off! We know it can be tempting but it damages your nails. Come to the salon and we’ll soak it off instead.
You can book your nails online using our online booking system.
Here at lk beauty we love to keep people up to date, either with a text message/email before to remind you of an upcoming appointment or sometimes a quick question about your experience at the salon. We hope you enjoy using our services and please always feel free to let us have your thoughts.
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