Preparing for your spray tan:
- Wax or shave 24 hours before your appointment
- Make sure manicure and pedicures are done 24 hours before tanning session
- EXFOLIATE at least 4 hours before your tanning appointment
- Do not have any lotions, deodorant or makeup on your skin
- Make sure you have dark, loose clothes (no jeans) to wear after you have been airbrushed. Also, remember to have flip-flops (no shoes with tight straps or sneakers.)
Please wait 8-10 (24 is best) hours before taking your first shower. If you have received a Rapid spray tan, rinse with a water only shower approximately 4-6 hours from the time spray tan was applied. The shower should be light with warm water as you are just rinsing the excess solution off the surface of your skin. You will see a light brown color in the shower but your tan is not washing off. This is the temporary bronzer in the tanning solution. Use gentle mild gel soap. Pat yourself gently with your towel to dry off. Rough drying could cause your tan to look patchy.
Apply lotion after shower or at least once a day. Hydrated skin makes your tan last longer and slows down the process of natural exfoliation. Your tan will fade a little each day as the skin sloughs off. It will remain visible for 4 to 7 days with care. Be aware that everyone’s skin replacement cycle is different and your tan could last a longer or shorter amount of time.
Things to Avoid:
- Anti-acne products like Accutane, astringent or anything that will exfoliate the skin
- Alcohol based products; these are drying to the skin and can cause the tan to fade quicker.
- Baby oil, mineral oil and aerosol sunscreen (use a lotion sunscreen to prolong spray tan)
- Bar soaps, especially deodorant varieties or anti-bacterial, as these have higher pH levels. They can coat skin and lessen color development or fade the tan.
- Chlorine pools/spa; long periods in water
- Makeup remover or oils used to cleanse eye makeup can fade tan
- Daily use of loofah or scrubbing mitt
- Band-Aids, adhesive tape, facial strips or masks can peel away tan
- Body hair bleach products and hair removal products
- Dull razors – shaving exfoliates the skin therefore fading the fan. Use a new and clean razor with a lubricating product such as hair conditioner, shave gel or cream. A dull razor will scrape off the tan.
- Leather or light fabric seats and furniture right after your tan. Sit on a cloth or towel instead.
- Bug spray, perfumes, body spray. When sprayed directly onto skin, can remove or fade the tan.