Pre-Tan Preparation:

  • Shower, exfoliate, and do any desired hair removal before your tanning session. Do NOT use a moisturizing soap or body wash (especially Dove) before you tan. Use either a non-moisturizing translucent body wash or a non-moisturizing bar soap like Ivory or Dial, with either nylon exfoliating gloves or a washcloth. Make sure you scrub your entire body gently, but well, for a good exfoliation and removal of any soap residue.  Please don't use loofas, as they can make you streaky.

  • Products that I particularly like are Puracy, Beessential, Shea Moisture, and Dr. Bronners, but any clear body wash will do.

  • Shave the day or night before (preferably), or at least 8 hours before your appointment, using a body wash or hair conditioner instead of harsher shaving creams or gels.  If you tan too soon after shaving, your pores are wide open and you may get little dots on your legs!  

  • Be sure to wash off any hair conditioner residue from your body with soap so that it doesn’t create a barrier.

  • If your appointment is later in the day, you may need to take a quick shower using a body wash, beforehand, to remove any sweat and oils from the day.

  • Skin should be clean and dry before being sprayed. Don’t apply moisturizers, oils, perfume, or makeup before your tanning appointment, as they can effect tan development.  (A small amount of anti-perspirant is fine, though.)

  • Please schedule any massage appointments for at least 48 hours before your appointment to ensure that the oils do not create a barrier to the spray tanning solution.

  • Don't use any anti-aging products like Retin-A on your skin for 2-3 days before your appointment.

  • Wear dark, loose, easily cleaned clothing, and loose footwear or flip flops to your appointment.  (Wool, lycra, nylon, spandex, silk, rayon, and leather may stain.)  Bring an old swimsuit or undergarment to tan in.  We have disposable panties for women, and you may tan topless or nude if you prefer.  Men must wear undergarments or shorts.

  • Style hair in a hairclip or ponytail so it will be off of face and neck.

  • You will not be able to get wet or sweaty for 8-10 hours for a Regular Spray Tan, and between 2-4 hours for the Express Tan – so please plan accordingly.

  • Bring a towel to cover leather or light colored seats.

  • If it is raining or snowing, bring an umbrella and proper outerwear. If you get rained or snowed on, you will streak or spot

What kind of soap to use for first shower after spray tan

After-Tan Care:

  • Wear loose fitting clothing until your first shower, while your tan develops, and be very careful not to get wet.

  • Don’t exercise heavily or get sweaty, for the first 12-24 hours, until your tan is fully developed.  

  • Your first shower should be a water-only rinse.  Please use your hands to gently wash off any excess bronzer, so that it will develop evenly.  Use warm water, and rinse well for about 5 minutes. If you look streaky after your shower, it means you haven’t rinsed well enough.

  • At your second shower, wash with a mild shower gel or body wash, preferably moisturizing. (like Puracy, Beesential, Shea Moisture, Dr. Bronners, etc., but most others are fine too.) Use your hands or washcloth (gently, no scrubbing). Do NOT use Dove soap, or anything that says "renewing," "regenerating," "anti-aging," or "anti-acne"!  They have ingredients in them that will remove your tan.  Sulfate-free and natural products are best.

  • Color wash off in the shower is normal: this is only the color guide bronzer.  Your tan will continue to develop over the next 12 to 24 hours.

  • Pat (don’t rub) skin dry.

  • Apply a moisturizer or body butter to shower damp skin.  (NOT Curel or Dove – these can ruin tans!)  Good choices would be Shea Moisture, CeraVe, or Hempz, and some people prefer pure Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, or Cocoa Butter.  Some spray tanning establishments advise against Aveeno, but I have people who swear by it and have used it for years. The best moisturizer is one that you will actually use!

  • Apply moisturizer twice a day for longer lasting results. (after showering and before bed) 

  • If you'd like, you can use a tan extending lotion every day or every other day, but wash your palms with soap after use, so that they don't turn orange. 

  • Avoid exfoliating skin while you have your spray tan.  Do not use a loofah or scrub your skin.  Some products can cause faster fading – bar soaps, products with sulfates, alcohol based products such as toners and astringents, products that cause exfoliation such as AHAs, BHAs, Retin-A, etc. (anti-aging, anti-acne, regenerating, renewing)  Make sure that when you shave, you do so gently with a sharp razor (without a moisture strip) to avoid exfoliating skin.  Use either body wash or hair conditioner instead of harsher shaving gels or creams. 

  • Hot tubs, swimming pools, and even extended time in the ocean will take off your tan.  If you plan on doing any swimming, apply a waterproof sunblock, and only take quick dips.  If a hot tub is definitely in your plans, a spray tan may not be advisable for you, at this time.

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