Tanning on your hands and feet is a great way to add some color to your appearance. Spray tanning products are specially designed for this purpose, but can be difficult to use if you don’t know what you’re doing.
This article will provide the necessary information about how to spray tan your hands and your feet in an easy-to-follow step by step process.
How To Spray Tan Hands And Feet
The hands and feet are by far the most difficult areas to get correct with spray tanning. Some extra attention is required when spray tans these locations since their fingers and toes, as well as dry skin, get in the way.
What is the best way to get an even tan on your hands and feet? You’ll be able to master hand and foot spray tanning in no time, and you’ll be able to show off your radiant skin!
- There are a few more things to keep in mind when it comes to tanning your hands and feet. The first thing you’ll probably want to do is wear some disposable gloves, after all you don’t want the spray tanner getting on your clothing or soaking through them into your skin.
- Remember that if you’re applying a gradual tanner, you’ll want to apply it all over your body first then do your hands and feet afterwards. Because the palms of your hand are constantly touching surfaces, they tend to darken up very quickly. You might want to avoid using a gradual tanner on them so that they will gradually get darker at the same rate as your other tanned areas.
- If you’re using a regular tanning lotion on your hands, try to avoid getting it into the cuticles of your nails. Not only will this make them look discolored, but you’ll also end up with dark lines along your nails which can be difficult if not impossible to remove.
If you’ve already had some lotion in your cuticles, be sure to use a good nail brush to get rid of it before it stains.
The Process To Spray Tan Hands And Feet
Tanning your hands and feet isn’t difficult, regardless of how many mistakes you’ve made in the past, as long as you properly prepare and apply. Follow these procedures to achieve great-looking, non-hazardous hands and feet.
Step 1: Tanning Preparation
It’s all about preparation. There isn’t nearly enough emphasis on the significance of preparation for sun-kissed hands and feet.
If you want to get a deeper tan, exfoliate your body 24 hours before applying the lotion. If you use a pumice stone, rub it in a circular motion against your feet until all of the dead skin cells have been removed. To completely cover your body with a spray tan, you must first remove the dead skin cells on it.
You should exfoliate any old spray tan on your hands and feet, but if this doesn’t work, you’ll need to use a tan removing product to ensure that your skin is free of any tanning chemicals. Any leftover tan residue will darken your new tan’s patches.
After exfoliating your skin, you should use a fragrance-free lotion to moisturize it. Concentrate on the drier areas of your body, such as your ankles and heels, between your fingers.
Step 2: Tanning
Always end with your hands and feet. If you’re going to be rubbing the lotion in, as is common practice, you should wear a tanning mitt during the procedure to avoid your hands acquiring an odd orange hue.
Sweep your hand from the top of your wrist to just above your knuckles with a tanning mitt that contains a used product. To cover any areas that may have been overlooked, use the mitt gently over the knuckles and fingers.
Sweep the mitt over the toes and foot, pressing down to ensure that every area is treated. If the tan is not evenly applied, massage the solution in with the tanning mitt; however, do not add any new product since this will result in a darker tan on your feet than on the rest of your body.
Step 3: After Tanning Process
Once the tan has set, the procedure does not come to an end. You should moisturize your hands and feet, as well as the rest of your body, on a daily basis to maintain them looking lovely and golden, with an even tan.
To maintain your feet, wrists, and hands well-hydrated, concentrate on the drier regions of your feet, wrists, and hands once again. Moisturized skin has a considerably better ability to retain a tan than dry skin, allowing it to fade more evenly over time.
Tips for Tanning Difficult Body Area
Your face, neck, ears, back, elbows, armpits, and knees are all difficult spots to tan. Here are some short pointers on how to get good at these skills with spray tan:
Ears – Spray the tops and bottom of the ears in a sweeping motion. Make sure to go lighter on the bottom of the ears so when you lay down, they won’t be dark.
Underarms – Pull your arms up over your head so no spray can get onto your clothes or bed sheets. Make sure to follow all areas around your underarm, even into the crevice of your arm pit.
Knees – Cup your hand and spray in a c-shape motion on the sides of your knees. Do not go too dark or it will look like you are wearing knee high socks with open toe shoes.
Armpits – Find the area right below where the crease is when you raise your arms. Spray in a c-shape motion into that area, but be careful to not get any spray on the shirt because it will leave streaks.
Face – Spray in an ‘e’ motion, moving back and forth to make the letter. Do not hold the sprayer too close or it will be too dark.
Back – Spray in a circular motion starting from your neck to your waistline. Cover all areas around your shoulder blades if you are wearing a dress or tank top, but stop spraying before you get to the middle of your back.
Removing Spray Tan from Feet and Hands
Accidents will happen, and they may teach you a valuable lesson! Don’t worry if you mess up the spray tan application on your hands and feet; there are a few basic methods to remove the spray tan and begin again.
Before removing any spray tan, you should thoroughly exfoliate the areas that have been sprayed. This will help remove most of the spray tan but keep in mind that some may remain.
For best results, exfoliate with a sugar scrub and a body puff before showering. If there is still a lot of spray tan left, go ahead and shower.
There are a few different ways that you can remove the spray tan from your hands and feet:
Sugar Scrubs – Rub a handful of sugar onto wet skin. The water will help the sugar dissolve into scrubbing beads ready to gently remove the spray tan. Follow up with a luffa or a body puff to really scrub away the remaining tan.
Dishwashing liquid – Squirt a bit of dishwashing liquid into the palm of your hand and add water to create a sudsy mixture. Rub the suds onto the skin as you would with a sugar scrub, then follow up by rinsing and towelling off.
Towelette – There are several brands of wipe that claim they can remove spray tan, but it really depends on the wearer if this method will work or not. Simply wipe away with a mixture of dishwashing liquid or baby oil, then follow up with soap and water afterwards.
Baby Oil – Rub baby oil over the sprayed areas and wipe away with a towelette. You can also use a small amount of dishwashing liquid, but it may take a few minutes for the tan to come off.
Shower – The most basic method is simply showering in warm water. The warmth will release your skin’s own oils and rinse away the tan.
Water will release your skin’s natural oils, so make sure to moisturize as soon as you can after showering! You can also use a specialised soap or body wash to cleanse the sprayed areas, but keep in mind that it may also leave behind some of the spray tan.
Removing Spray Tan
Removing your spray tan at night will save you a lot of time the next day, but it is important to keep in mind that some tanners may leave behind stains on the sheets. Protect your linens by laying down old towels or placing an old sheet over top of the fitted sheet.
The following methods can be used to remove spray tan from your hands and feet:
Makeup Remover – Use any makeup remover on a cotton pad or cloth and wipe away. Make sure the product is not oily and that you don’t scrub too hard over your skin as this will irritate it.
Exfoliating Gloves – Wearing damp exfoliating gloves, work the gloves over the sprayed areas. If your spray tan is still wet, it will be easier to remove with this method. Pull off the gloves and go back with a clean cloth or cotton pad to wipe away any remaining tanner.
Hair Dryer – Holding your hair dryer about 12 inches away from the skin, direct a warm stream of air on to the sprayed surface. This will speed up the process of removing spray tan and is considered a safer alternative than scrubbing again.
Baby Oil – Using baby oil on a cotton pad or cloth, gently wipe away any remaining spray tan. Baby oil has been proven as one of the best ways to remove spray tan from your hands and feet, but it can also be used in place of cosmetic remover.
Remember that when you have a spray tan, it is important to exfoliate regularly in order to keep your skin healthy and looking great. Doing so will also help prolong the life of your tan! Removing the spray tan from your hands and feet can be done in several different ways depending on what works best for you!