10 Spray Tanning Tips from the Tanning Shop - How to prepare for a spray tan

How to prepare for a spray tan appointment - The Tanning Shop

If you’re new to spray tanning or planning your first spray tanning appointment, you might find it daunting to figure out how to best prepare your skin to ensure an even, streak-free, and natural-looking tan. Proper preparation is key to achieving the best results and making your tan last longer. Here are some essential tips from the experts at The Tanning Shop to help you get ready for your spray tan session to help maximise your results and increase the longevity of your tan!

Exfoliate and Moisturise

Begin your preparation at least 24 hours before your spray tan by thoroughly exfoliating and moisturising your skin. Exfoliation removes dry and dead skin cells, creating a smooth surface for the spray tan to adhere to. This step is crucial to prevent your tan from appearing patchy or uneven. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub and follow up with a light, oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

Shaving and Waxing

If you plan to shave or wax, do so at least 24 hours before your spray tan appointment. This allows any potential irritation or redness to subside, ensuring your skin is smooth and ready for the tanning solution. Shaving or waxing too close to your appointment can result in open pores, which might lead to a ‘spotty’ tan.

Skincare on the Day

On the day of your spray tan, it’s important to avoid using any skincare products, soaps, deodorants, makeup, or lotions on your skin. These products can create a barrier that prevents the spray tan from adhering properly. Make sure to shower and clean your face with clear water only, avoiding any soaps or body washes. Using cooler water can help to reduce the size of your pores, which can lead to a more even tan.

What to Wear

Wear loose, dark clothing to your spray tan session. Tight clothing can rub against your skin and cause the tan to develop unevenly. Dark colors are preferable because they are less likely to show any staining from the tanning solution. Opt for loose-fitting garments like a baggy t-shirt and jogging bottoms. Avoid wearing bras or tight underwear immediately after your session to prevent lines and marks.

Applying Barrier Cream

Just before your session, apply a liberal amount of barrier cream to your hands, elbows, knees, and feet, paying special attention to your nails. These areas tend to absorb more spray tan solution due to their different skin structure. The barrier cream helps to prevent the tan from becoming too dark in these areas.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water leading up to your appointment to ensure your skin is hydrated from within.

Drying off your Spray Tan

If you are using an automated spray tanning booth, follow the provided instructions carefully. These booths are designed to deliver an even spray tan, but your cooperation is essential. Stand in the correct positions as instructed and avoid touching your skin during and immediately after the application. The booth’s drying cycle helps to set the tan, so let it run its course without interruption.

Showering After Your Appointment

After your spray tan session, wait 6-8 hours before showering or exercising to allow the tan to fully develop. This period is crucial for achieving the optimum golden glow. You can wash your hands after two hours if necessary, but avoid full-body showers until the tan has had time to set.

When to Book

Schedule your spray tan appointment at least one to two days before any important events to allow the tan to settle and any initial color to wash off.

Keeping your Glow

To extend the longevity of your spray tan and keep your glow intact, make sure to keep your skin hydrated. Use a nourishing moisturizer daily to maintain your tan and prevent it from fading unevenly.

Additional Tips for Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to visit the salon before your spray tan appointment to speak with a member of the team. They can offer personalized advice and recommendations to ensure your skin reacts well to the tanning solution.

For more tips on how to prep for a spray tan head to the Tanning Shops website: https://thetanningshop.co.uk/guides/spray-tan-prep/