How pH Levels Affect Your Spray Tan

Ever wonder why sometimes your spray tan is flawless, and other times it seems as if your skin just didn't take it as well? You're stumped because you did your usual exfoliation and pre tan ritual, but the color looked a little different from the last time you came in. Interestingly enough, spray tanning has everything to do with your pH balance! 

Let's take a trip back to our high school chemistry class for a second and talk about pH.  pH is shorthand for "potential hydrogen," and is quantified using a scale of 0 to 14, 0 being the most acidic, and 14 being the most alkaline.  For us ladies, our magical pH number is right around 6.0.  

So what can affect the pH of our skin? Things like our body washes and lotions can alter it, and strip your skin.  In addition, things we eat like sweets, alcohol, too much coffee, and even red meat can affect your pH levels. The alcohol in perfume can also shift your pH level, which is why it is important not to spray any on before you come in for your tan! 

Here are some things you can do before your spray tan to make sure you're balanced and ready for a flawless tan: eat your veggies (or go get a green juice), avoid using products on your body such as bar soap or chemical laden body washes, and drink lots of water! (bonus points if you drink lemon water, which is alkalizing).  If you can't get your green juice on, don't worry, we've got your back and will spray you with a pH balancing spray when you come in for your tan!

Glow on!