Pre Tan Care
Be sure to shower and exfoliate before your tanning session. Getting sprayed with clean skin is the key to a good tan. Do NOT use a moisturizing soap or body wash (especially Dove) before you tan. The reason for this is that anything moisturizing leaves a layer on the skin that the tanning solution won't penetrate through, and you won't get a good, even tan. Use either a clear body wash or a bar soap that is a bit drying, like Ivory, Dial, Irish Spring, Lever 2000, or Zest. Scrub your entire body well with either exfoliating gloves or a washcloth. Try to shave about 24 hours prior to your tanning session to avoid irritation.
Shave at least 4-6 hours before your appointment. If you tan right after shaving, your pores may be wide open, and you may get little dots on your legs! If you must shave close to the time of your appointment, please make sure to splash cold water on the area to close your pores as much as possible.
Be sure to wash off any hair conditioner residue from your body. (with soap!)
If your appointment is later in the day, you may need to shower before your session to remove any sweat and oils from the day. Please be aware that even sweat can inhibit the tanning solution from soaking into the skin.
Skin should be clean and dry before being sprayed. Don’t apply moisturizers, deodorants, anti-perspirants, oils, or makeup before your tanning appointment. They can effect tan development. If you feel that you tend to sweat a lot without anti-perspirant, you may wear a small amount so that you don't sweat out the tanning solution.
If you are coming to us, Wear dark, loose fitting, easily cleaned clothing to appointment (like cotton or polyester). Wear loose shoes. Bring an old swimsuit or undergarment to tan in, if you wish. (Be aware that wool, lycra, nylon, spandex, silk, rayon, and leather may stain.) We have disposable panties, or you may tan topless or nude if you prefer.
Style hair in a hairclip or ponytail so it will be off of face and neck. We do have disposable shower caps available as well.
Remove all contact lenses and jewelry before being sprayed. (if you can't remove contacts, just make sure to close your eyes)
You will not be able to get wet or sweaty for at least 8 hours (until you shower) – so please plan your day accordingly.
Also, if you are having a day of beauty please remember to leave your spray tan for last. Mani Pedis or hair appointments will put you at the risk of getting wet and streaking so they should be done before you come to your tanning appointment.
Bring a towel to cover leather or light colored seats, especially if you are wearing shorts or a skirt.
If it is raining or snowing, be sure to bring an umbrella and/or hoodie. If you get rained or snowed on, you will streak or spot!
Post Tan Care
After 8 to 12 hours, shower normally. Don’t use exfoliates or abrasives.
Wash with a mild shower gel or body wash, preferably moisturizing. Do NOT use Dove soap, any drying bar soaps, or any products with mineral oil in them after your tan!
Color washing off during the first shower is normal: this is only the color guide tint(bronzer). Your tan will continue to develop over the next 12 to 24 hours.
Apply a moisturizer or body butter to shower damp skin. (If you like, you can use a tan extender lotion; scrub palms after use with bar soap and a nailbrush so that they don't turn orange.) Moisturize again before bed with a moisturizer of your choice. (NOT Curel or Dove – these have ruined tans!)
Avoid exfoliating skin. Pat dry after your shower or work out, don’t rub skin dry. Some products can cause faster fading – bar soaps, 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 you shave with a sharp razor to avoid exfoliating skin.
Hot tubs, swimming pools, and even extended time in the ocean will take off your tan at a much faster rate.