Dark spots, mature skin & hormones- Cassandra Bouvia

In this episode, I talk about techniques I use to help camouflage the appearance of dark spots, methods used for spray tanning maturing skin, and how hormones can play a role in your sunless tan.

I’m in my mid 30’s and have definitely started noticing the signs of maturing skin. I blame my previous choices of sunbathing & indoor tanning which is why I have this passion for helping others by educating and offering an alternative to getting that gorgeous glow we all love!

As a spray tan artist & business owner… I’m making it my mission to Empower, Educate & Enhance the beauty & health in all women!

I hope you enjoy this blog post as well as obtain some value from it! 

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Dark Spots

Dark spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Ultraviolet (UV) light speeds up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin its color. On skin that has had years of sun exposure, dark spots appear when melanin becomes clumped or is produced in high concentrations.

Spray tans can help camouflage dark spots but certain techniques should be made so they don't get darker with your spray tan application.

The bronzer in the solutions can make the dark spots darker...

Here are my recommendations for spray tans or sunless tanning applications:

Apply barrier cream to dark spot with a lip wand
Use light coat when spraying area with dark spots
Use "Keep Me Golden" face tan water 
Use a bronzer free sunless tanning solution (CLEAR SOLUTION)

Maturing Skin

How your skin ages will depend on a variety of factors: your lifestyle, diet, heredity, and other personal habits.

Primary factors contributing to wrinkled, spotted skin include normal aging, exposure to the sun (photoaging) PROTECT YOUR SKIN!!!! pollution, and loss of subcutaneous support (fatty tissue between your skin and muscle).

Other factors that contribute to aging of the skin include stress, gravity, daily facial movement, obesity, and even sleep position.

Dry skin and itching are common in later life. The loss of oil glands as we age may also worsen dry skin. Anything that further dries the skin (such as overuse of soaps or hot baths) will make the problem worse.

DHA in sunless solutions actually have drying effects so it depends on the brand or solution line your artists use.

Skin Prep Prior To Your Sunless Tan

Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated
Moisturize daily
Exfoliate & remove any unwanted hair the night before

During Your Appointment, I will:

Have you apply barrier cream (usual spots and any areas that are dryer as well as any large dark spots)
Dry skin- I’ll do two passes of PH balancing spray
Pick a solution for your skin type & tone while taking into account of your desired outcome
Positioning...bending at the joints & blending those areas


Hormones, stress, environment, products and cleansers affect your skin's PH level. Your hormones regulate your entire body. When you are ovulating, menstruating, pregnant, or menopausal, hormone levels are fluctuating throughout.

Just think about how sensitive you are to everything, as well as how sensitive your skin might become to the sun and products you put on it. Same is true when applying sunless spray tan solution.

When estrogen levels drop during menstruation, the perimenopausal, menopausal and post menopausal phases of life, our skin is more prone to dryness and dehydration. As we age and the estrogen levels continue to drop, the sebaceous glands then produce more oil to counteract the dryness. Which then leads to an oily skin barrier that also affects how the spray tan color is absorbed into the skin and the rate at which it is absorbed.

What I can do to help during these times:  

I use a PH balancing prep spray with all of my clients but sometimes more coats should be applied. This prep spray will neutralize your skin's PH level and ensure that your color develops perfectly for your skin tone and type.

That is important because we never know when our hormone levels are peaking and falling.

In Closing

I hope this episode has added value to you.

Hopefully, I shared some information that you might not have known and added some value to you in regards to sunless applications for maturing skin.

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