before & after spray tanning tips

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The first time I got a spray tan in my married life, Hubby’s first reaction was “Wow! You look so different! I love it!” That was his way of planting the seed that he wouldn’t mind terribly if I got regular  tans. However, I’ve come to the point in my life where I don’t dare to get into a tanning bed any longer.  I did it for years and my skin was not very thankful for it… It’s just not worth it guys!
Instead, I got into the habit of getting a spray tan every now and then. It gives you a healthy glow and helps hiding small imperfections or bruises on your skin. Here are all the tips you must know before getting a spray tan from someone who learned things the hard way.

24 – 48 hours before spray tan

Get your bikini wax and any other body part wax out of the way. This will allow the pores to close back up before you get your tan. So, what happens if you don’t leave at least 24 hours between waxing and tanning? Girl, you don’t want to know!
Get your mani/pedi before the session, otherwise the acetone the nail salons are using will brush off some of your tan. …not pretty!
Exfoliate thoroughly and lotion up! Exfoliation removes all the dead skin and the moisturizer will allow for the tan to be more even and last longer.

Day of tan

Shower and remove any body lotion, moisturizer, perfume, deodorant and makeup. All these items create a barrier between your skin and the spray tan and your tan will not absorb properly. Don’t use bar soap of any kind or any oily products as they will leave a layer on your skin.
Exfoliate again! Be sure to use “pre-tan” or “sunless tanning” exfoliator as most exfoliators out there have moisturizer in them.
Before you step into the spray tan booth, add a thin layer of lotion on key places where your skin is naturally a little drier like your elbows, knees and your heels. I add lotion to the palms of my hands and around my cuticles.

Right after spray tan

Wear loose, dark clothing.
Don’t shower for 8 to 10 hours. This part can be annoying, especially overnight since the spray tan does have an odor, but it’s all worth it. Just make sure you warn your hubby ahead of time.
Avoid any exercise, house cleaning that can make you sweat. (How often do you hear that?!)


Moisturize after every shower.
Avoid long hot baths, facials, exfoliations, microdermabrasions etc.
Try not to use any shaving / hair removal creams, anti acne products and pore strips.
Use a gentle moisturizing shower gel and avoid rough bath poufs. When drying after a shower, pat your skin dry instead of rubbing.

  • Red Reticule

    I know the feeling girl! I learned all these tips the hard way. :-)

  • Stella Cristin

    I found this an honest opinion about spray tan rules.
    Awesome tips for anyone to follow. Great writing, and I was glued to it.

    I also feel that if you had added more points on skin/hair treatment after spray tanning, this would have been the best article in internet on spray tanning tips.

    Stella Cristin
    Admin-Tan Vogue