How To Best Prepare For Your Spray Tan

Whether you’re a first time spray tanner or a seasoned spray tanner, here’s some tips to help you get the most out of your spray tan.

  1. Exfoliate before your tan, either the day before or the morning of your tan.  There are numerous ways to exfoliate your skin, we recommend Sunescape Body Scrub or an exfoliating mitt which can be used in the shower to help slough off the dead skin cells enabling the skin to absorb the tanning solution more effectively and evenly.  Because spray tan solution reacts with the proteins in the outer, dead layer of our skin, this is the layer that we lose, so if we can start our tan with the freshest layer of skin possible its a win, win.
  2. Shaving should be done 24hrs before the spray tan and we do prefer waxing to be done 24 – 48hrs before tanning just to give the skin a chance to calm down and to minimize the risk of irritation.  Waxing should not be done after tanning as this will remove the tan.  Shaving also shortens the life of your tan.
  3. Bring lose and preferably dark clothing with you to put on after your tan to minimize staining of clothes. It’s also good to keep in mind that any tight fitting garments can remove the tan from the skin resulting in white patches, keep this in mind with footwear also, slip on shoes are preferable.  During your tan you can wear disposable briefs we supply for you or you can wear your own underwear, again dark in colour to avoid staining.  Jewellery should be removed and make-up removal is optional depending on whether you want your face sprayed or not.
  4. Avoid using perfumes, deodorant and moisturiser before tanning as this can act as a barrier to the tan.
  5. Have your hair tied up off your shoulders, and we do supply a cap you can wear, especially if you’re blonde to help protect the hair from possible staining.
  6. Avoid exercise after the tan as sweating will remove the tan from the skin.  Here’s your leave pass from dishes also after your tan, putting your hands in a sink of water will result in white hands and forearms.
  7. We do use Sunescape rapid tan, you will be able to shower 2 hrs after the tan, following your shower you will continue to develop in colour over the next 6 – 8 hours. If you prefer you can leave the tan on longer (I’ve slept in mine on numerous occasions) as this will not cause any problems with the tan.
  8. Avoiding long showers and extended time in spas and pools will help extend the life of your tan.  I also recommend when drying yourself you pat yourself dry rather than rubbing as this will help remove the tan.
  9. Using a body moisturizer after the tan is recommended to prolong the life of your tan, we recommend Sunescape Body Butter and Sunescape Gradual Tanner acts as a great tan extender and moisturizer all in one.
  10. Avoiding harsh soaps that contain Sodium Laurel Sulphate, we recommend Sunescape Hydrating Shower Gel.