THE MYTH OF SHAVING, PORES AND SPRAY TANNING...
I often see the question being asked about shaving and what to do to get the pores to close in time so that spotting doesn't occur when being spray tanned.
The pores aren't so much the issue when shaving right before a #spraytan, but the issue lies with the product that has been used on the skin to #shave the legs. The golden rule that all spray tanners should be reiterating to their clients is:
NO PRODUCTS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE SKIN THE DAY OF THE SPRAY TAN APPOINTMENT
because products like body washes/soaps etc have a very high pH level (alkaline) and they raise the pH level of the skin. The higher the pH level of the skin the more chance you have of the tan turning golden or orange.
because products like body washes/soaps/shaving creams etc can dry out the skin... especially in areas where the skin is thinner (ie shins). Placing a product like spray tan solution on the skin straight after shaving will result in a dryer result and will end up with a spray tan result that will crack in a day or two. With those solutions that contain alcohol/ethanol in the solution formulation can sting the skin if it's been freshly shaved as well and potentially irritate the skin.
The reason why we need to have the day before the appointment is to allow the moisture back into the skin, by it's natural excretion of sebum, which is a natural lubricant that helps moisturise and protect our skin. Shaving the day before also allows us to moisturise the day prior to the appointment to ensure the skin is ready for the spray tan appointment (never moisturise the day of the appointment).
because the product may leave a barrier on the skin resulting in a lighter result in the spray tan colour. Spray tan results are lighter in areas where the skin is thinner anyway; ie the shins, the chest area, and why fake boobs tan lighter (especially when they are new) because the skin is stretched and thinner in this area).
Pores don't have muscles...
The function of the pore is to allow us to sweat and keep our body temperature normal. Hot water doesn't actually change the size of the pores but you can release blocked pores by steaming or hot water as it helps get rid of the debris that is stuck in the pores. Cold water won't close them.
People with larger pores or those people who tend to get a spotty result when they spray tan and want to 'train' their pores to be less noticeable should try washing more regularly, especially after anything that makes them sweat, like exercise. People with larger pores should exfoliate more often as well as this will help 'tame' the size of the pore.