Before, During & After Your Tan
Get the most from your spray tan!
We get it, this seems like a lot of steps, but we want your results to be FLAWLESS! In order to make that happen, we need your help by following the instructions below:
Your spray tan is your very LAST stop! Complete ALL other services at least 24 hours before your tan, such as manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, massages, eyelashes etc. Don't worry, your nails won't get stained with us!
Shave and exfoliate the night before (or at least 8 hours), and NOT right before. Exfoliating the skin is very important for a flawless tan outcome! Exfoliating Mitts work best, but if you do not have one, you can use a washcloth and an oil-free scrub. Scrubs that contain oils can leave a residue on the skin. Pay extra attention to your neck, elbows, knees, feet, and any other drier areas of the body. If it's been a long time since you exfoliated or you have really dry skin, exfoliate a couple of times in the days leading up to your appointment.
Razor moisturizing strips can cause streaking on your legs because it acts as a barrier to the solution, so be sure to shave the day before and wipe your legs down with a damp washcloth really well afterward.
Avoid wearing any lotion, deodorant, makeup or any products to your session- these will create a barrier to the tan! If you plan on being out all day before your appointment, we have wipes you can use to remove your makeup and deodorant, but skip the perfume and lotion. Contact us if you have extremely dry skin and it's too uncomfortable to go all day without lotion.
Wear dark loose-fitting pants and a loose shirt and flip-flops to your appointment. Do NOT wear jeans or leggings. We recommend the baggiest clothes you can find! Any tight clothing put on directly after your spray can mess up the tan or prevent it from developing properly. We do have disposable sandals for your use if needed. Bring a towel to place over your car seat if you plan on wearing shorts or a dress after. Bronzer transfer can happen to light colored items, but it is water-based so it should wash right out!
Avoid using any bar soaps or cream based Any bar soaps/cream-based body washes (Dove specifically) are known to leave a residue on the skin and can create a barrier that the tan cannot penetrate through and may leave streaks. Any gel-based body wash is best. Showering should be completed at least TWO hours prior to tanning to allow your pH levels to neutralize. If you must shower within two hours, make it a quick one and run cold water at the end of your shower to close up your pores.
If you need a last minute tan and have no time to prep, we have single use exfoliating mitts ($6) with a PH balancer you can use right before you tan.
Not sure what to wear during the tan? You can wear whatever! Bikini, bra, thong, nude…We don’t care! But if you're under 18, you are required to wear undergarments. Disposable thongs, bras, and pasties are also provided.
Please be aware that you will have tan lines with whatever you decide to wear.
Before beginning, we will discuss your desired color and darkness to ensure you are feeling confident when the session is complete! You will be guided through various positions to stand, as the technician applies the airbrush tan.
The entire process takes less than 20 minutes and off you glow!
Avoid Moisture Until Your Initial Rinse. This means no showering, working out, lotions, or liquid foundations on the skin. If you have pets, do not let them lick! Absolutely NO dishes 🙂
Rinse at the time your technician advises you to! If you do not rinse at your designated time, your tan may develop too light or too dark. If you see streaks after getting out the shower, hop back in and use your hand to guide the leftover bronzer off.
Do NOT touch your tan. Since we cleaned off the palms of your hands at your service, try not to rest your hands directly onto your body. The spray tan solution can turn the palms of your hands tan, which isn't cute!
When rinsing, use warm water and NO soap to rinse off the top coat, also known as the cosmetic bronzer. Use your hands to brush the water down your body until the water runs clear down the drain, ensuring all of your cosmetic bronzer coat is washed off. Don't worry, this is not your spray tan washing away!
Gently blot your skin with a towel to dry and moisturize immediately after. We advise against using any loofahs or wash rags during your showers. It is best to wash with hands only in areas where needed to ensure a long-lasting tan.
Worried your tan looks lighter after you rinsed it? It totally will! Your tan takes a full 24 hours to see the final result.
Your tan needs moisture to last! The more hydrated your skin is, the longer your tan will last. Your moisturizer should be free of mineral oil and artificial fragrance. Understand that if you use any acne/retinol products, your face may become blotchy. You may use a Tan Extending lotion that contains DHA after day three of your tan.
Avoid the following as much as possible, but if you're going on a fun vacay to the beach, just let us know and we'll give you some tips for prolonging your glow in the water:
- Ocean, hot tubs and swimming pools.
- Exercise/sweating for 24 hours, but please be aware that sweat may affect your tan even if you wait longer than 24 hours to sweat.
- Perfume or any sprays for 24 hours
- Dove, Olay body wash or soap
- Lotions or body wash containing parabens, mineral oil, or sulfates.
If you have to get your nails done the day-of tan, we advise you to forego any oils/lotions that your nail technician might apply on you. If completed days after tan, your tan may become uneven due to soaking, acetone, oils, lotions, etc. that your nail technician might apply on you.
*Spray Tan Tip: The instant cosmetic bronzer that you see upon application is like makeup! It will build up/move around or smudge and may appear imperfect. It is important to wait until after the first initial rinse and full soap shower to see the real results!