Spray Tanning: Your Questions Answered

Spray Tanning: Your Questions Answered - The Tanning Shop

New to spray tanning or have questions about using our automated tanning booths? Here are our most frequently asked questions on spray tanning answered!

What is a spray tan?

Spray tanning is the process of spraying a tanning solution, which contains dihydroxyacetone, or DHA for short, to the skin to produce a ‘sunless’ tan. The DHA in the spray reacts with the outer layer of your skin changing the colour of those skin cells and producing a cosmetic suntan without exposure to UV light.

What is an automated spray tanning booth?

An automated spray tanning booth, or sunless booth, is a spacious, fully enclosed booth which sprays you from head to toe with spray tanning solution. They offer a more private spray tanning solution than a traditional spray tan appointment with a tanning consultant. You can fully customise your spray tanning sessions by choosing from a range of shades and add-ons.

How do I prepare for my spray tan?

For the best results, we recommend thoroughly exfoliating and moisturising your skin 24 hours before your spray tan. This helps to remove dry and dead skin cells for an even, flawless glow! For more information read our guide on preparing for your spray tan.

What should I wear to my spray tanning appointment?

Make sure to wear loose, dark clothing and slip-on shoes to your session. We would also recommend removing all jewellery prior to your session.

Is there anyone in the room with me for my spray tan?

No, our automated spray tanning booths are in a private, lockable room, giving you complete privacy at your appointment. Simply head into the private room, undress, hop into the booth and follow the instructions for a flawless all-over tan.

How long will my spray tan last?

A well-looked-after spray tan can last around 7 days! However please be mindful that this will vary from person to person and can be impacted by things such as skin health, skin preparation and aftercare. For more tips to extend the longevity of your spray tan read our guide here.

How long does it take to get a spray tan in an automated booth?

Once in the booth an automated spray tan takes less than 15 minutes to complete!

How long after my spray tan do I need to wait to shower?

Make sure to allow 6-8 hours following your spray tanning session for your spray tan to develop its optimum golden glow before showering.

How long after my spray tan should I wait before exercising?

Similarly to showering we recommend waiting between 6- 8 hours before exercising

Will I tan through a spray tan while on holiday?

Yes you will. While a spray tan will give you a sun-kissed appearance, they do not offer any protection against UV rays. Make sure to use an SPF if spending time outdoors.

How do I avoid my spray tan going patchy?

Just like with all fake tans, for a flawless, even, all-over spray tan preparation is key! Exfoliating and moisturising your skin 24 hours before your spray tan helps to create an even canvas for the spray tan formula to adhere to. For more information read our guide on preparing for your spray tan.

Can I get a spray tan while pregnant?

Do not use spray tanning equipment if you are in your first trimester of pregnancy. If you are pregnant and not in your first trimester, please take care when using our booths as the floor may be slippery.

Will Chlorine on holiday affect my spray tan?

Try to avoid spending long periods of time in chlorinated water. Don’t worry you can still enjoy time in the pool but just bear in mind that the drying properties in chlorine can affect the longevity of your spray tan and can cause your tan to fade faster.