Hi Guys! I hope you have all been well! In the last few months I have been so busy with school and work and extra study, I am finally happy to announce that I became qualified to provide Spray Tans recently! I decided to do this blog post because one of the most common questions I have been getting is ‘Tegan, How do I prepare for a spray tan?’ or ‘How do I keep the tan for as long as possible’ For one, Whenever you get a spray tan done your Beauty Therapist should be giving you Pre-Tan advise/directions and Post-Tan Care- However if you are into the whole DIY thing and love to give yourself a tan with commercial products but don’t know how to prepare or maintain your Tan, I am here to give you those instructions/tips to do so!

A spray tan is a great way to have a natural, professional tan for a limited amount of time. I highly recommend spray tans if you have events on such as weddings, parties, weekends away, festivals etc or simply just to keep naturally bronzed, the healthy way. Getting a Tan is easy, Its preparing for the tan and maintaining it which can be the hard part! Follow these simple tips to ensure your tan looks natural, smooth and is long lasting!



NAILS: From my experience and from my knowledge, it is better  if you have nail polish on before your tan. This doesn’t mean you have to go and give yourself a full manicure- even if its just a simple clear coat. This just protects your nails and avoids staining them. It is perfectly fine to have acrylic nails or gel nails. DO NOT freak out! A spray tan will not stain/ruin your nails. Just simply wipe the tan off them after you have been sprayed.
EXFOLIATING: This is very very important! If you do not exfoliate before your spray tan it will not last long at all, as your dead skin falls off the top layer, so will your spray tan. Ensure that you exfoliate the night before your tan. I even suggest exfoliating x2 nights in a row, before you recieve your spray tan. Every time I have done this my tan has come out looking better then only exfoliating once. Exfoliate with a non-oil based, gritty scrub or exfoliant prior to your tan.  You want to remove all dead skin so your tan looks as even as possible and lasts as long as possible.
WAXING: Ensure that you wax before your spray tan. Do not get waxed after your spray tan and before your innitial shower. Not only will it ruin the tan but you will look patchy and uneven. Ensure that you get your hair removal done prior to your  spray tan appointment.
 SHAVING: Ensure that just like waxing, shaving is done before your spray tan. Do not leave any hair removal to be done after your spray tan. As stated above, this will ruin your tan and provide you with an uneven, patchy tan- trust me. A unrealistic, patchy tan is NOT  a good look.
•Please remember that you can not show up to your spray tan appointment wearing moisturiser, lotion, make-up,sunscreen, oil or deodorants.  These products create a barrier which stop the tan from hitting your skin. As soon as the lotion/make up etc is removed, the tan will also be removed. Please ensure you show up to your appointment with a clean, clear face and body.
• It is perfectly fine to wear Chapsticks and lip balms as well as glosses and lipstick to a spray tan appointment. I haven’t had an issue with any of my clients wearing mascara either. These products are okay to have on.
​• LOOSE CLOTHING: It is crucial that once you receive your spray tan you put loose clothing back on. If you came to your appointment wearing a bra, I suggest not putting it back on just to be sure, as it could rub on your skin and cause the tan to be uneven and blotchy. You will be dried with the spray tan gun hose however you will still feel slightly sticky- this is normal and is the reason why loose fit clothing is essential.
NO TOUCHING YOUR SKIN: Try not to touch your skin if you do feel sticky. The spray tan solution does feel this way as the tan develops and before your first shower – it is normal. If you touch your skin and do not wash the insides of your hands, your palms may end up becoming stained because palms are not supposed to come in contact with the spray tan solution. If you do accidentally touch your skin wash the insides of your hands as directed by your spray tan specialist! Lotion/moisturiser should be offered to you at the beginning of your spray tan  as a barrier for your palms.When needed, wash only the insides of your hands while the spray tan is developing. The most effective way to do this is with hand sanitizer or an antibacterial wipe. If you do not have these available, you can also use a paper towel or towel with soap.
KNOW THE FORECAST:If it is raining or snowing the day of your appointment, it is recommended that you bring an umbrella and/or wear protective clothing – such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a sweatshirt just so the tan does not drip.
• KEEP IN MIND: The bronzer may get on the inside of your clothes or on your sheets. It shouldnt stain, If this happens ensure you wash your sheets and clothes etc straight away. Dark coloured clothing is recommended and wearing long sleeves and long pants to bed can prevent the bronzer from coming off on your sheets.

Immediate After Care
  • SHOWERING: Ensure that you do not shower 10-12 hours after your spray tan if you use an original solution and 2-6 hours if you use an express solution. However, keep in mind these times can vary. Depending on what spray tan you get ask your beauty therapist to give you an appropriate time. I find it easier to receive a tan late in the afternoon and not shower until the following morning just to be sure. Showering before the 10-12/2-6 hour time frame may lighten up your colour and impact the results of the spray tan.
  • SWEATING/WATER: No sweating, swimming, getting wet or exercising until your first shower after your spray tan. Doing so may cause streaks and these make your tan look fake and blotchy.
  • FACIAL WASHING: DO NOT wash your face before your first shower. This also goes for not washing any makeup off your face before you go to bed.  Sleep with your makeup on! Putting makeup on after your spray tan is okay, however you CANNOT wash your face until your initial shower. I would suggest after your spray tan not putting makeup on though, its just more of a hastle and sleeping with makeup on is NOT good.
  • IMPORTANT: Go easy around water the day you get sprayed – this includes everything from doing dishes to brushing your teeth. While you can still do these things, it is recommended that you use caution when you are near water to ensure you do not mess up your spray tan.
  • WORKING OUT: Shower before working out or sweating.  Working out with the bronzer on may cause your tan to streak.  I recommend rinsing the bronzer off, then working out and then taking a full shower – just so you do not have to take two full showers back-to-back. I suggest to be sure though, don’t work out before your event/reason you are receiving your spray tan.
  • REMEMBER: There is a bronzer in the solution, which means that you will have some color immediately after you are sprayed.  The color will continue to darken as the solution develops.  Your color will lighten after you shower off the bronzer.  You will see colour coming off in your first shower. This is normal.  Your spray tan is not washing off, it is just bronzer. Bronzer can make you look fake to begin with but DON’T freak out, as I said- after your first shower this bronzer will come off and you will be left with the developing tan.
  • SLEEPING: If you are wearing your spray tan to bed, I do recommend placing a towel down underneath you and wearing long sleeves and long pants or covering your hands with socks while you sleep.  This will prevent the spray tan from transferring to your hands while you’re sleeping and making them extra dark!  This step is extremely important. Your hands can become dark while you sleep and you do not want this.
  • TIMES: If you are coming later in the day/night and you can put on the clothes that you are wearing to bed, this is useful!


  • AFTER YOUR FIRST SHOWER: Pat dry after your shower.  Vigorous rubbing will exfoliate your skin and your tan will not last as long.This can also cause blotching and discoloration in your tan.
  •  MOISTURISING: I recommend moisturising your skin x2 daily after your first shower. This will act as a barrier for your spray tan and help it stay on longer. I really believe this tip is so important!! Moisturizing helps extend the life of your tan and it helps your tan to fade more evenly. I recommend using a hydrating, non-scented/fragrance-free lotion!
  • EXFOLIATION: DO NOT exfoliate with loufas, body scrubs, body washes or soaps with exfoliating beads until your tan starts to fade away.  If you do this while your tan is still fresh – you will ruin it.
  • OILS/BODY WASHES: DO NOT use scented body washes.  Non-scented/fragrance-free body washes and soaps are RECOMMENDED.
  • SHAVING: Limit the shaving of your legs, as this is also a form of exfoliating. If your tan is still fresh shaving will only ruin this. I suggest not shaving until you are ready to remove the tan. Avoid hair removal creams also.
  • REMEMBER: The tan is not going to just disappear, you are going to notice it fading.  You can start exfoliating when you notice it is starting to fade and/or in preparation for your next tan.
  • TAN TIMES: Spray tans typically last 4-8 days, however they can last longer or shorter than this.  The more you moisturize, the longer the tan can last. You can also apply your sunscreen – especially after prolonged exposure to the sun, being in the ocean or being in the pool.  This will help extend the life of your spray tan.
  • FOR ALL YOU WATER BABIES: Wait at least one day before going in the ocean or a pool after your tan.  Chlorine may make your tan fade faster, however it is not going to remove the tan immediately.

I hope you guys enjoyed these tips and you learnt something about how to maintain a tan and keep it looking natural and real! If you guys want any further information please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Until Next Time

Tegan Audrey X

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