Exfoliating is an important part of preparation before you decide to get a spray-on tan. Exfoliating, along with shaving, help ensure that your skin gets even and consistent applications by removing hairs and dead skin cells.
Most of the commercially available exfoliators can be generally classified as Chemical Exfoliators. These exfoliators are chemical in composition, mostly different kinds of enzymes and simple acids. These components in the exfoliator work by breaking down the bonds in skin cells, which make it easier for the dead cells to be washed away.
Physical Exfoliators on the other hand use a rough agent such as small grains or beads that produce friction, and help loosen dead cells from your skin. Most commercial physical exfoliators use microbeads, while some use ground oats and grains.
While Chemical Exfoliators can be convenient and work really well, many people prefer physical exfoliators because they are more natural.
The best tip is to use physical exfoliators for your face, body, arms and legs, which are more accessible, while you can use chemical exfoliators for those hard-to-reach places such as your back. This ensures that every nook and cranny is covered, and you let the chemicals work since you can’t scrub your back too well.
What’s important is that you ensure that your skin is as moist and fresh as possible when you do get your spray-on tan. Hairs and dry, dead skin can be a drag as these could lead to uneven areas, and dark (or light) spots. You don’t want to end up scrubbing and evening out your tan just because you didn’t exfoliate properly beforehand.