I've tried before to go from pasty white to DIY neutrogena spray before but unfortunately having absolutely no base really shows any mistakes you may make when spraying on your own. My two preferred methods are:
- For the everyday tan: using Jergens natural glow lotion daily to create a good base and then the spray to darken every 3-5 days.
- For events or trips: getting a salon spray tan (I've had great experiences at Laschi Hair Salon in Reading and Spa Ni'joli in Methuen) and then maintenance with the lotion and spray as needed.
- Booking your appointment: You'll feel sticky for the 6 hours you have to wait to shower, and you can't get wet or even sweat really, so you need to decide the best time of day for you. I prefer to get a late appointment so I sleep through all that waiting and then just shower in the morning.
- Prior to your appointment: When you shower that day you should exfoliate as best you can and then DO NOT apply moisturizer. If you have to, use a moisturizer with water as it's first ingredient.
- Going to your appointment: wear lose fitting clothes that you don't care about getting dirty. The tan will rub off on your clothes but it washed right out of the white sweatshirt I so brilliantly wore last time. I don't wear a bra or underwear in...I probably could but I just don't want much rubbing up on the spray.
- At your appointment: If you're skin is very light, I wouldn't go darker than medium when they ask. If you have more of a darker skin tone then you can probably whatever level you like.
- What to expect: the picture set below takes you through it..You walk in with no tan.. You leave feeling sticky. When you look at your legs, you'll think, "Oh no, it's not dark enough." - don't worry! As you can see in the pic on the bottom right, by the time you can shower (no sooner than 6 hrs after spray) you look almost orange - don't worry about that either! When you shower the extra tan will just wash off and you'll be left with a nice glow. Alway have a can of spray tan for when you get home in case you need any touch ups - you shouldn't but it was raining when I went last week and my damn wet umbrella hit me in the face when I closed it.