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Patchy Spray Tans – How To Fix & Avoid

fix patchy spray tans

Blotchy or patchy spray tans can happen to anyone who uses sunless tanning products. But, with a little education we hope to help you avoid a patchy and peeling spray tan. 

Dread that patchy spray tan look? We will help you fix it! 

A spray tan is NOT meant to completely change the color of your skin, instead it’s meant to enhance your own skin tone and provide a couple shades difference. Sunless tans will last only as long as that top layer of skin is on your body (average 5-7 days). The younger the client, the quicker a spray tan fades. This has to do with cellular turn over rate. The older the client, the slower their cells turn over and therefore their spray tans last longer.

A natural spray tan will take a client about 3 shades darker, exceeding 3 shades can easily make a client orange or the color can develop into a darker shade that is not easily achieved by this clients skin tone. This is what can create a blotchy or patchy spray tan! 

Ultra Dark Spray Tan

When going ultra dark, your tan will fade more quickly and less evenly.

Going dark will result in a clients tan breaking apart more quickly and not fading evenly. It will often look unnatural when fading. This happens when a clients skin is going beyond 4 levels. When a client has been tanned beyond 4 levels and it’s been a few days the patchiness will begin to appear as pieces of the skin are sloughing off.

There are circumstance and times where the desired result of a dark tan overrides a clients desire for an even fading. This should be communicated to the client and it should be up to the client to decide. Avoid this altogether by not overdoing it! Or, let the client decide between longevity and even fading or ultra dark and patchy at the end.

using exfoliating glove for patchy spray tans

At the end of a tan, when it’s time to come off, use our Glove to remove a spray tan. It’s like magic!! It will take off the old tan and prep the skin for lotion or a new spray tan.

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