STEP 1: EXFOLIATE
The no.1 most important step in your tanning routine is preparation. Imagine your skin as an artist’s canvas. It is important to prepare properly to ensure the most flawless results. Start by exfoliating your skin with an oil free body scrub, paying particular attention to dry areas such as elbows and knees. A dry brush is also a good option for exfoliating.
+Why oil free? Residue from oily products create a barrier on the surface of the skin preventing the most flawless results. Once you’re exfoliated, remove any unwanted hair and keep skin clean and free from any moisturiser, lotion or perfume before you tan.
*ANY WAXING OR SHAVING SHOULD BE DONE NO SOONER THAN 24 HOURS OF YOUR APPOINTMENT.
*Avoid wearing make-up, moisturizers, deodorant, or perfume to your appointment, as this acts as a barrier and may prevent the product from absorbing into the skin evenly. Some girls don't want their face sprayed, which is fine, so makeup in this case is permitted.
*If you're planning on having your hair coloured or a manicure or pedicure, it is recommended to do this before your appointment!
STEP 2: PREPARE TO BRONZE
*Be sure to wear dark, LOOSE fitting clothing to your appointment and no jewelry. Tight clothing can run or smear bronzers, especially around the elbows, knees, chest and waist. If you need to wear a bra after your appointment, please bring a loose fitting cotton bra, that is more stretchy and with no wires and tight straps. Please note, colour will come out of any clothing immediately after washing it, so don't be alarmed if you have some slight colour rub off on your clothing right after your spray. This is why we suggest wearing darker colours. The amount of immediate bronzer that can rub off is very minimal and nothing to be concerned about.
*Don't forget to bring to your appointment what you would like to wear while you are being sprayed. Or wear nothing at all! Its totally your choice. Most girls will wear just a thong. Some will wear a bikini (just remember that you will get a lot of colour on the bathing suit), and you will have tan lines. And some prefer to go nude to avoid all tan lines. It is what you feel most comfortable in.
STEP 3: MAINTAINING YOUR NEW TAN
*THE DEVELOPMENT TIME IS 8-12 HOURS: DO NOT shower, sweat or get wet for 8-12 hours following your appointment. Both of these can affect the development of the tan and leave you with uneven results.
As with all DHA products, sunless colour begins showing development approximately 4 hours post application and continues to darken for up to 24 hours. Everybody's skin and skin tones are different and will develop at a different rate. The choice of light, medium or dark solution will also decide what your development time will be. We use 8-12 hours as a guideline. THE TIME THAT IS RECOMMENDED FOR YOU WILL BE DISCUSSED RIGHT BEFORE WE SPRAY YOU.
*It is highly recommended to get sprayed at the end of your day or in the later afternoon or early evening, when you are able to head home after and sleep with the tan on. Sleeping with the colour on will let your tan develop nicely and give you the best results. *Top tip, wear clothing that covers your arms and legs to avoid skin sweating during the night which ensures you wake up with an even tan.
*When your first shower comes after your development time is done, don't be alarmed that you see colour washing off your body. This is the cosmetic bronzers! Shower under a warm water rinse with an oil free soap, but do not loofah, exfoliate or scrub your skin. Allow the water to run clear before towelling off.
STEP 4: MOISTURIZE
*Moisturizing daily will help to maintain your glow and extend and build colour between your sunless sessions. Moisturize using an OIL FREE LOTION, as some oils can act as a barrier to your tan fully developing.
Want to further extend your tan? Apply our Fabulous Gradual Tan Lotion every day for extra hydration and a boost of self tan.
+HOW DO SUNLESS/SELF TANNERS WORK?
The main active tanning ingredient used in Vita Liberata tanners is Dihydroxyacetone (also known as DHA), which is derived from organic sugar beet. Vita Liberata’s DHA is combined with pure natural and organic ingredients that condition and nourish the skin while tanning it. The DHA reacts chemically with the amino acids found in the upper epidermis (top layer) of the skin producing coloring from yellow to brown. An individual’s level of amino acids will dictate the final result of their self tan application. DHA should be left to develop on the skin between 8-12 hours for optimum results.
The intensity of the colour is dependant upon the DHA concentration in the product as well as each individual's skin characteristics.
The colour developed by the DHA usually lasts 5-7 days and begins to fade as the top layer of the skin naturally exfoliates. We have seen clients still have a subtle glow even closer to 2 weeks.
+WHAT DOES CERTIFIED ORGANIC MEAN?
Certified Organic beauty products require the maximum amount of organic ingredients, minimum synthetic ingredients, minimum processing of ingredients and clear labeling so that consumers can make an informed choice.
+IS YOUR VITA LIBERATA SPRAY TAN GLUTEN FREE?
Vita Liberata LTD is manufactured in accordance with the Cosmetics Regulations 1223/2009 and the Cosmetics Products (Safety) Directive 2008 and adhere strictly to this Regulation and Directive respectively. With regards to Soy and Gluten – although we do not intentionally use Soy or Gluten based ingredients in our products we cannot say for certain that traces of these ingredients are not in our products (e.g. raw material suppliers may well process their ingredients in a factory that does have Soy or Gluten). We do advise a patch test prior to use of all our products.
+WHY IS EXFOLIATION SO IMPORTANT FOR MY SPRAY TAN?
It is very important to exfoliate the body before your tan because this rids the body of dead skin cells and acts as a primer for the spray. Having clean, smooth, exfoliated skin, prepares the skin for maximum absorption of the colour and will give you an even and rich colour. It will also help to keep your colour lasting longer.
+WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GET SPRAYED?
Having your spray tan done in the late afternoon to evening is the best time, as you can then head home and sleep with your tan on for the night. You can shower first thing in the morning.
Giving your tan the overnight to develop, results in the best colour.
You can of course get your spray tan in the AM if this is what your schedule can only allow for, but just keep in mind you need to stay away from water coming into contact with your skin, and there should be no excessive sweating or working out while your tan is developing. You will also need to be in light, loose clothing throughout your development time.
+IF I HAVE AN EVENT I AM ATTENDING OR I AM GOING ON VACATION, WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BE SPRAYED?
It is ideal to have your spray done 1-2 days before your event or your trip. Again, if your schedule can allow for it, come in the late afternoon to evening the day before and sleep with your colour on. You can then shower in the AM of the day of your event, or the departure of your trip.
+I AM A BRIDE TO BE AND HAVE NEVER HAD A SPRAY TAN BEFORE. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE?
If your schedule can allow for a trial tan well in advance of your wedding, this is always the best choice. This will allow you to see the colour and you will know the process and what to expect. There are details that can always be tweaked, so by doing a trial tan in advance it will let you see if for your final spray for your wedding you want to be lighter or maybe slightly darker, maybe you realize you don't want your face done because your makeup artist needs your skin on your face to be a certain shade for your makeup application.
If your schedule does not allow for a trial tan, it is recommended to come for the spray 2 days before the wedding day. Your manicure & pedicure can be done only AFTER your first shower and AFTER your colour development time, not immediately after you are sprayed.
Keep in mind rehearsal dinners or large family get togethers also, as while you are developing for the first 8-12 hours after you are sprayed, you won't be able to wear any kind of tight or light clothing.
+CAN I SPRAY MY FACE?
Many girls spray their face, and there is no harm here! We spray the face slightly lighter than the body, so it is a natural look. If you normally wear makeup everyday and do not want your face sprayed, that is completely up to you. If you choose to have your face sprayed, wearing makeup over top will still give your skin a lovely boost and glow from underneath.
+HOW LONG WILL MY VITA LIBERATA TAN LAST?
Most clients see colour for anywhere from 1 week to 2 weeks. CLICK HERE to see our favourite maintaince product to not only keep your tan, but to gradually naturally build it over time. (PRODUCTS COMING SOON!)
There are many factors that determine the longevity of your sunless tan. One being the application itself, second, the skins natural exfoliation process, and lastly the skincare regime and maintenance followed before and after application.
+WHY IS KEEPING MY SKIN MOISTURIZED ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAINING GREAT SUNLESS RESULTS?
It is important to keep skin moisturized after your session, as dry flaky skin will slough faster and colour will fade quicker. It is important to use an oil free moisturizer as some essential oils can act as a barrier in the tan developing.
+HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
Please click here for all the necessary steps to take for before, during and after your session.
+WILL THE TAN STAIN MY CLOTHING OR MY SHEETS?
If you are keeping the tan on allow it to develop overnight while you sleep, we recommend wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs to avoid skin sweating during the night which ensures you wake up with an even tan. If you have very expensive silk sheets or brand new crisp white sheets, we recommend laying overtop a light towel or an older sheet just in case. If some colour guide does rub off onto the sheets or clothing, it will be very minimal and just a light smudging of colour. Your tan is fully dry and you are not wet at all. Think of it like a light smudging of makeup on clothing for example. Colour can be washed out in the washing machine the next day, at no harm to your clothing or bedding.
+WILL THE PRODUCT STREAK?
No, our products don’t streak but make sure you prep the skin well before, exfoliate and don’t moisturize.
+DOES THE TAN SMELL?
No, all of our tanning products are completely odorless.
+WHEN CAN I APPLY MOISTURIZER AFTER TANNING?
You can apply moisturizer once the tan has fully developed and showered off. It is important to use an oil free moisturizer as some essential oils can act as a barrier in the tan developing.
+HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT BEFORE I GO INTO A POOL?
Once your tan has developed you can swim but sea water and chlorinated pools may result in your tan fading more quickly.
+CAN I STILL GET A SUNTAN THROUGH MY SPRAY TAN?
Yes, you can still get a suntan and potentially sunburn through any self tanners and therefore sunscreen with full UVA&UVB protection is recommended.
+WILL MY SUN SPOTS OR NATURAL DISCOLORATIONS IN MY SKIN CHANGE IN APPERACNE AFTER THE SPRAY TAN?
Everyones skin is different and therefore the answer will be different for everyone. While the spray tan does give the skin a much smoother and more HD appearance, it will not hide imperfections completely. It will certainly help mask them, and while for some it appears to help hide them almost 100%, not everyone has the same result.
+I HAVE ECZEMA/PSORIASIS/ ACNE PRONE SKIN. CAN I STILL USE THE TAN?
We have sprayed many many women with skin complexities and have never had any complaints. The solution is Organic and very gentle with no harsh chemicals or alcohols, so it is great even on the most sensitive of skins.
Our products contain ingredients such as aloe vera, which has natural soothing properties, licorice which is anti-inflammatory and ginkgo biloba which is anti-bacterial they are suitable to use with these skin conditons. In addition, the moisture locking properties in our tans ensure dry skin remains hydrated.
*If you have a more severe case, please speak with your Doctor first before trying the spray.
+I AM VERY PALE /VERY FAIR SKINNED. WILL I BE TOO DARK OR UNNATURAL LOOKING?
We customize the colour for every client, based on their natural skin tone and type and what look they are trying to achieve. Our colour is buildable and we work in gradual steps to start light and work our way to darker if thats what is desired. Our solutions work extremely well on fair skinned girls, always giving them the most natural glow.
+CAN I SPRAY TAN WHEN PREGNANT?
In line with Industry Standards we advise not to use tan in the first trimester. However there is nothing in our products that would be of concern when pregnant. We have sprayed many pregnant clients who have all reported nothing but beautiful, glowing skin post tan.