The Tanning Boutique

Preparing For Your Spray Tan

Preparing For Your Spray Tan

Preparing for your spray tan

Proper spray tan preparation plays a huge part in how your spray tan will look and how long it lasts. Follow these steps for the perfect spray tan, every time!

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Preparing for your spray tan well, will ensure the longevity of your tan. A big part of this is making sure you exfoliate before getting a spray tan. This will remove any dead, dry skin cells which will allow the spray tan to absorb into fresh, clean skin. This will mean your tan will not only be more even, but it will last a lot longer too. An exfoliating mitt or glove in a warm shower or bath works perfectly. You can use a paraben free and sulphate free body wash on your mitt or glove if you wish and exfoliate in a circular motion, just avoid any body washes that contain oil as these will create a film over the skin and may interfere with the tanning process. DO NOT USE DOVE PRODUCTS! Dove soap and Dove lotions leave a film on your skin that directly leads to a blotchy tan.

The 24 hour rule

Wax at least 24 hours before treatment, ideally 48 hours before to allow the pores to close and to ensure an even looking tan. The same rule applies to shaving. Aim to shave at least 24 hours before your spray tan.

Be moisturiser savvy

Leading up to your tanning session moisturise your knees, elbows, knuckles and any other dry or rough skin you may have. An aloe vera based moisturiser is perfect for this. Avoid AVEENO moisturisers as these can leave a film on the skin and lead to a blotchy looking tan.

Don’t wear deodorant

On the day of your tan don’t moisturise your body or wear deodorant or perfume. This can lead to a blotchy tan.

Remove all makeup and jewellery

Remove any makeup you are wearing prior to your tanning session to ensure you have a clean canvas for best results. Jewellery needs to come off too and can be worn again once the bronzer has been rinsed off.

What to wear

Preparing for your spray tan also means wearing the right clothing. The Tanning Boutique will supply disposable underwear, or if you prefer an old dark pair of your own will also work. We will also supply a disposable hat for you to wear if you wish and if you have long hair you need to have a hair band to tie it up.

Now it’s time to think about what to do after your spray tan…

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