Before your spray tanning session:
DO exfoliate 24 hours before getting a spray tan to ensure an even application. Exfoliation gets rid of the dead skin cells, which will help achieve the longest-lasting tan possible. Easy homemade body scrub recipe here.
DO shave or wax the evening before your spray tanning session. If you shave after you get your spray tan, it will exfoliate the skin and affect the tanning results.
DO wear a swimsuit, thong or underwear — whatever makes you feel comfortable.
DO ask the technician questions before your session begins. He/she will guide you on how to position yourself to achieve optimal results.
DON’T apply any moisturizer, deodorant, perfume or other beauty products before your tanning appointment as it may inhibit the quality of your tan.
DON’T wear any jewelry or makeup to your tanning session. Pull your hair up and off your face and neck.
After your spray tanning session:
DO wear loose clothing and flip flops when you leave the tanning salon. Ditch your bra for at least six hours.
DO moisturize every day — morning and night. Also use a moisturizing soap-free body wash to extend the life of your tan.
DO use a tan extender to reduce patchiness and extend the life of your tan. Use a product that contains a light DHA bronzer.
DO avoid waxing, microdermabrasion, and facials within 24 hours before a spray tan.
DON’T exercise for the first 24 hours. Sweat will cause your tan to streak.
DON’T book any hair or nail appointments for 48 hours after your tanning session.
DON’T use soaps and other body products that contain parabens, glycolic alpha hydroxy acids or sodium lauryl sulfates — they will fade your tan more quickly. Don’t use a loofah, puff or wash cloth.
DON’T wear white clothing, tight clothing, bras, wristbands, leather, nylon, wool, silk, jewelry.