24-48 Hours Prior to Session

Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate.
We cannot over-stress the importance of pre-session exfoliation. 24-hours prior to your appointment, clear away any dry, dead skin cells with a pH balancing scrub such as Sunless By Bombshell Body Scrub, no less that 24-hours prior to your session.

Protect Your Skins’ pH Levels.
Avoid using bar soaps, high pH shower products, or in shower moisturizers. These products can neutralize the DHA bronzing reaction within the skin.

Hair Removal/Manicures/Pedicures
Any depilatory creams, waxing or shaving, as well as manicures or pedicures should be completed 24-hours prior to your session.

Day of Session

Don’t Create Sunless Barriers.
Avoid applying anything to the skin that may act as a barrier between the sunless solution and the skin. Deep penetration of the solution is key to beautiful lasting color. Do not apply lotions, creams, deodorants or perfumes prior to session.

Remove any make-up prior to the sunless application. Arrive Prepared.
Wear loose fitting dark colored clothing and remove jewelry. Tight clothing can rub or smear bronzers, especially around the knees, elbows, chest and waist. The solution will not permanently stain clothing, if treated & washed on the hot water cycle, however, I always recommend wearing items that you won’t be disappointed IF they would stain.

Immediately Prior to Session

What to wear DURING your session:

You are welcome to wear whatever is comfortable for you. Most wear old swim suits, Some wear old undergarments. I have also had some wear a tank and shorts. Topless is “allowed”, but bottoms must be worn. This is a very common question, so please feel free to ask if you’re not sure.

After Session Care

You should refrain from showering/getting wet (avoid rain, sweating, etc.), skin to skin contact as long as possible (up to 24-hours). As with all DHA products, sunless color begins showing development approximately 4-hours after application and continues to darken for up to 24-hours. If you must shower during the 8 to 24-hours following the application, WARM WATER RINSE ONLY. The use of soap can inhibit the full development of DHA color. Important: Cosmetic instant bronzers will wash away during the first shower. Extensive showering/bathing, sweating, as well as Pools and spas can cause fading.

**We offer a rapid rinse solution as well, for an upgrade fee. This solution allows you to rinse in 1- 3 hours, as opposed to 8--24 hours.

When showering after 24-hours, use only a mild pH balancing shower gel such as Sunless By Bombshell Body Wash. Refrain from using scrubs or high pH soaps as these will strip away your sunless color. Be sure to pat dry (not rub) and apply our suggested lotion to be sure your skin is hydrated!

Extend and build color between sessions with an every other day application of our Sunless By Bombshell Tan Extender moisturizer. This is also perfect for any touch ups you might need!  Want a little MORE color between sprays?? Try Sunless By Bombshell Self Tanner. Apply both of these lotions with a specially designed blending mitt to keep your hands clean and your skin streak free!

The Local Bombshell always suggests the use of our Sunless By Bombshell prep and maintenance products as your go-to body wash and lotion before your tan and after the first 24 hours after your session. These are perfect to use with or without a tan. And always be sure to hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of water! Your skin and tan will thank you! We also love GloBar Soaps as another option for a skin cleanser whether you have a tan or not!

More Information

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NOTE: The tips listed herein are instructions to achieve the very best sunless tanning results; however, you can still achieve beautiful just off the beachTM
color as a Norvell® walk-in client. All of the items recommended are available for purchase at The Local Bombshell.

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