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The key to the perfect tan

Exfoliation is often touted as the key to achieving the perfect spray tan, and for good reason. It plays a crucial role in ensuring that your tan looks flawless and lasts longer. Let's explore why exfoliation is so important before getting a spray tan.



1. Removes Dead Skin Cells: Exfoliating helps to slough off dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. These dead cells can make your skin appear dull and uneven, which can affect the way your spray tan develops. By removing this layer of dead skin, you create a smooth canvas for the tanning solution to adhere to, resulting in a more even and natural-looking tan.

2. Prevents Patchiness: Without exfoliation, the tanning solution may cling to dry patches or areas with a buildup of dead skin cells. This can lead to an uneven and patchy tan, which is far from the flawless look you desire. By exfoliating beforehand, you ensure that the tanning solution is applied evenly across your skin, minimizing the risk of any streaks or patches.

3. Enhances Tan Longevity: Exfoliating before a spray tan helps to extend its lifespan. As the tanning solution is applied to fresh, healthy skin, it can penetrate more deeply and evenly. This means that your tan is less likely to fade quickly or become blotchy. By regularly exfoliating after your spray tan, you can also help to maintain its longevity by preventing the buildup of dead skin cells that can cause your tan to fade unevenly.

4. Smooths Skin Texture: Exfoliation not only removes dead skin cells but also helps to improve the overall texture of your skin. By sloughing off rough patches and unclogging pores, exfoliation can leave your skin feeling smoother and softer. This smoothness not only enhances the appearance of your tan but also allows for a more even application of the tanning solution.

5. Reduces the Risk of Uneven Fade: As your spray tan gradually fades, exfoliation can help to ensure that it fades evenly. By regularly exfoliating, you can prevent the buildup of dead skin cells that can cause your tan to flake off in patches. This means that your tan will fade more naturally and uniformly, without any unsightly patches or streaks.

In conclusion, exfoliation is the key to achieving the perfect spray tan because it removes dead skin cells, prevents patchiness, enhances tan longevity, smooths skin texture, and reduces the risk of an uneven fade. By incorporating exfoliation into your pre-tanning routine, you can ensure that your spray tan looks flawless, lasts longer, and leaves you feeling confident and radiant.


The crème de la crème of exfoliation is the exfoliation glove from South Sea Skincare. This is what we use to keep our glow going for 7-10 days (along with the tan extend). Purchase online or in the studio.


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