Health & Beauty

Golden Girls: Self-Tan Tips From Industry Pro Alexis Coughlan

February 13, 2024

In the realm of beauty and wellness, achieving that sun-kissed glow often comes with its share of concerns. With the adverse effects of UV exposure well-documented, many are turning to safer alternatives like self-tanning. To shed light on the subject we chatted with Alexis Coughlan, a seasoned spray-tan professional from Bronzed & Bare Studio. With her expertise, we delved into the world of self-tanning, exploring its benefits, top tips for longevity, and the do’s and don’ts for a flawless tan.

“The benefits are plentiful,” Alexis begins. “First and foremost, it’s a safer alternative to UV tanning. You get that coveted bronzed look without subjecting your skin to harmful radiation.” Indeed, the instant results coupled with customized solutions tailored to individual skin types and tones make spray tanning an attractive option for many seeking a healthy glow.

Alexis emphasizes the importance of preparation. “Prep, prep, prep!” she exclaims. “I provide my clients with detailed pre-tan instructions to ensure optimal results. Proper exfoliation and moisturization beforehand can significantly extend the life of your tan.”

To start, Alexis suggests that you “exfoliate and moisturize the day before to ensure an even application. Focus on moisturizing dry areas like hands, elbows, knees, and ankles beforehand to prevent uneven coloration.” For those feeling apprehensive, she suggests enlisting a tanning partner for assistance in hard-to-reach areas.

“Avoid lotions, makeup, or any products on the day of your spray tan,” she advises. “These can create a barrier, affecting the absorption of the solution.” Moreover, timing is crucial. “Never get a spray tan with a sunburn,” she warns. “Itcan compromise the results for months.”

Navigating the plethora of self-tanning products can be daunting, but Alexis has found her ideal product in Sunnatan. “Sunnatan stands out for its quality and versatility,” she shares. “Their products, crafted by a Canadian woman, offer luxury without added dyes or perfumes. Whether it’s a spray tan solution or self-tanning lotion, Sunnatan caters to every skin type and tone.”

Other top brands include Isle of Paradise, Bondi Sands, and Tan Luxe. Formulas range from gradual lotions to super potent mousses, so you might have to test out which works best for you.

With expert guidance from professionals like Alexis paired with some experimenting, achieving that coveted golden glow becomes not just a possibility, but a safer and more accessible reality. So, whether you opt for a professional spray tan or embark on an at-home tanning journey, you’re one step closer to looking sun-kissed all year round. —Maddie Clerides


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