How to get the best spray tan possible

A spray tan isn’t something you can just get done when you drive by a spray tan salon, you have to prep. How a spray tan turns out is 50% on you and 50% on the spray tan technician. This is why half of my job is educating clients on how to properly prep for a spray tan and how to take care of it. There are exact things you need to do to get the best spray tan possible and I am going to share them with you! 

  1. Exfoliate 24 hours beforehand with an exfoliating mitt and organic body wash.
  2. Remove unwanted hair 24 hours beforehand, you can do this anyway you prefer. This is an important step as you want your pores to be closed before your appointment.
  3. Use organic/natural body wash and lotion for a week before your appointment. Do not use Dove or Olay, products like this can leave an invisible layer on your skin that can make the fake tan look streaky.

  1. Do not shower right before your appointment, do it a few hours before. 
  2. Ask for a medium shade if you aren’t sure how dark you want to be. A medium shade looks good on everyone and light is too light.
  3. Make sure the spray tan artist uses drying powder. Drying powder gets rid of that sticky feeling you get and will stop the transfer onto your sheets and clothes.
  4. Rinse in the morning or 2-4 hours if it's rapid, do not keep it on longer than instructed. If it is a standard you can keep it on longer than 8 hours, it is just a minimum of 8 hours.
  5. No soap or lotion until 24 hours after your appointment. Your sunless tan will take 24 hours to fully develop, using a product on your skin will stop this.
  6. Use organic/natural body wash and lotion. This will allow your skin to stay at the correct PH level to keep your tan lasting long.
  7. Only shave with a razor if you want to remove hair with a spray tan on, other forms of hair removal will rip off the fake tan.
  8. Moisturize daily with an organic lotion.
  9. Only use hands to apply soap in the shower, loofahs and wash clothes can take off your tan.
  10. Pat dry with a towel when you get out of the shower so you don’t exfoliate any of the tan off. 
  11. Use baby powder on areas that come off fast before working out. This will make sure that the tan doesn't rub off in areas like your chest or arm crease.
  12. Avoid the sauna and jacuzzi, this will take your tan off.
  13. No exfoliating until you are ready for your tan to come off. Do not use a body scrub or anything like that while you have a spray tan on.
  14. To make it last longer apply self tan mousse, starting at the three day mark. 

If you follow all of these instructions and tips you will have a flawless spray tan. Of course, the spray tan artist can still make mistakes like over saturating you or a bad application but that is why it is also important to vet your artist beforehand. A good way to vet them is to check their online reviews, social media and to see if they offer complementary drying powder. If you have any spray tan questions or new tips you want to share, leave them in the comments!


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