The most common questions we receive from our clients
Not this one! The orange discoloration is due to low quality ingredients, improper application, color mixology, an inexperienced spray tanner, and improper skin care either before or after the spray tan. Follow my prep and aftercare instructions and you will be the perfect shade of bronze.
The typical spray tan will last anywhere from 5-14 days dependent upon proper care and upkeep. It is important to follow the steps listed on our Tanning Tips page to get the best quality tan possible.
Your spray tan will usually take 35-50 minutes total - including setting and cleaning up.
Most clients tan nude to avoid the tan lines. If you prefer a tan line, I recommend a thin thong.
For the boys: Minimal clothing, such as boxers or briefs.
Ultimately the answer is - whatever you feel comfortable in.
Wear dark and loose-fitting clothing. No yoga pants, no denim, and no sports bras. Tight clothing can leave marks! As for shoes, it’s best to wear flip flops.
maintaining your tan
- Please be sure to remove ALL traces of an old spray tan before your session. If this step is skipped, your tan will start off uneven and fade extremely patchy. We carry a Foam Tan Remover that only takes 5 minutes to work.
- If you have recently been sunburned, please wait at least 6 weeks to schedule a spray tan, even if your skin isn’t currently peeling. Once sprayed, your skin will begin to peel leading to unsightly white patches.
- Schedule manicure/pedicure appointments, and workouts before your tanning session.
- For best results exfoliate for 1-2 days prior to your appointment and use an exfoliating mitt. We always have some available to purchase. You can use products to help exfoliate your skin on these days. DO NOT use an oil-based body scrub. It will leave a residue that can prevent the solution from penetrating the skins acid mantle.
- Moisturize heavily in the days leading up to your appointment to rehydrate your skin. DO NOT use moisturizer on your skin prior to your spray tan appointment.
- On the day of your appointment wash, shower, and lightly exfoliate using water only. Do not use any soap/body wash/shampoo/conditioner during your shower as these products can leave a barrier on your skin and prevent the full color from developing. Washing with products on the day of your appointment can also change the pH level of your skin. Products like body washes/soaps/etc. are very alkaline (higher pH level) and can cause the skins pH level to rise. Elevated pH levels of the skin can cause a tan to more easily overdevelop and will result in a more golden or orange tone.
- Do not shower within 3 hours of your spray tan appointment. To get the best results for your spray tan, your skins pH level needs to be at its standard level of around pH 5.5 and your skin temperature back to normal. Using water and/or products can elevate your skins natural pH levels. The higher that your skin's pH level is, the more chance you have of the tan resulting in a golden or orange tone.
- Your skin MUST be completely clean prior to your appointment. Do not wear any makeup, moisturizer, deodorant, or perfume. Doing so will potentially inhibit the spray tan from fully developing correctly in the areas where these products are applied.
- Be sure that all adhesive is completely removed from the skin. (Band-Aids, sport tape, and medical tape)
- Wear comfortable, loose, dark clothing and sandals to your spray tan session. Preferably black pants, a black long-sleeved top, and flip flops.
- Please be sure to wax a minimum of 24 hours prior to your spray tan appointment.
- We DO NOT recommend shaving your legs the same day as your appointment. If you do wish to do so, make sure that you give your legs a light exfoliation (with water only) after shaving to make sure that all excess product has been removed from the skin. However, you must not shower or shave your legs within 3 hours of your appointment time slot. We cannot guarantee a perfect result should you shave the same day as your appointment.
- If it is during the warm months, please bring a towel for you to sit on in the car and run the air conditioner to prevent sweating.
AFTER YOUR TAN
- Wear loose dark clothing after your spray tan, preferably a top where you don't have to put a bra back on. Avoid wearing any tight clothing, including shoes and leggings, until after your tan has developed as this could cause uneven results. Avoid sweating as much as possible before your first rinse.
- Avoid skin-to-skin contact. Resist the urge to touch your tan! You will end up with an uneven tan and dark hands.
- Do not shower, swim, or exercise heavily for 2-8 hours (depending on which solution you have been sprayed with) Contact with sweat or water could create streaks, lines, and splotches.
- During your first rinse, use lukewarm water and lightly run your hands all over your body until the water runs clear. You will notice the bronzer washing away. Don't worry, this is not your tan coming off, it's merely the excess color guide that is still sitting on your skin. DO NOT use any products at this time, including shampoo and conditioner.
- Moisturize after the first rinse.
- When showering for the first time wait until 24 hours after you spray. Be sure to use approved soap, body wash, or other cleansing products that do not contain the following ingredients: SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), SLES (sodium laureth sulfate), Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Ceresin, and EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid). We retail an amazing line of tan safe, and most importantly, skin friendly TANfinity soaps. Including both vegan and goat milk options.
- Be sure to take cooler showers and avoid baths to help your tan last longer. Do not urinate in the shower. The urea in urine will halt the development of the DHA and cause streaking down the legs.
- When you come out of the shower make sure you pat yourself dry, do not rub yourself dry. Make sure you do this after every shower.
- Moisturize your skin twice daily to maintain your spray tan for as long as possible. Do not moisturize until 24 hours has passed. This is to ensure that the tan is fully developed first.
- The best time to moisturize is directly after a shower. You have a 4-minute window to take advantage of the moisture that has been absorbed into the skin before oxygen will start to withdraw it. Pat yourself dry but leave your skin damp/slightly wet. Moisturize with the water that has been left on the skin. This will break down the product and will make it easier to apply. It will also encapsulate the water left on the skin and what has been absorbed by the skin and give you an added moisturizing boost making your spray tan last even longer.
- TANfinity Skin Care Body Cream, developed by a master spray tan artist, can be used to moisturize your skin while prolonging your tan. Total game changer. Clients say their skin has never been so hydrated and soft. *Ask about our different scent options.
- Avoid prolonged soaking in plain and chlorinated water as it dries skin and may fade your spray tan. Using a waterproof/oil free/alcohol free sunblock will help retain your color.
- Do not exfoliate your skin until the tan has faded - or just before your next spray tan.
- Your new tan will not provide protection from the harsh UV rays of the sun. Continue to be sun smart. Be sure to use an oil/alcohol free sunscreen. I recommend Australian Gold – with instant bronzers. Water resistant and smells great too!
- Please remember DHA can react for up to 24 hours after being spray tanned. This means that you may not have your full color straight after your shower. Please allow 24 hours to view your potential full color. Everybody's skin is different. Some people will be lucky enough to have their tan develop in minimal time, others may have to wait the full 24-hour period. This means if you are getting your spray tan for a special event it is best to do so 48 hours (2 days) prior to the event.
- A lady’s tan might develop differently depending on hormonal changes. (ovulation, menstruation, new meds incl. birth control, stress & pregnancy). While not common, hormones may cause streakiness, patchiness, uneven fade, or produce little to no color.
- Do not use AHA products (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Glycolic, Lactic, Malic, Citric, and Tartaric acids)
- Anti-acne products that exfoliate, or dry the skin such as Accutane, and Salicylic acid, can affect tan fading. Skin can also peel, which can look unsightly, especially with a tan.
- Antibiotics or other medications can also affect your tan.
- Anti-aging products that “renew” or “refresh” will exfoliate the tan off of your skin.
- Band-Aids, or adhesive tape, applied to skin will pull the “tan” off.
- No bar soaps, especially deodorant, or antibacterial varieties.
- One bar soap and/or shower gel in particular to avoid is Dove.
- Curel lotions also have been known to ruin a tan.
- No BHA Products (Beta Hydroxy Acids-salicylic acid)
- Body hair bleach products will bleach the tan, non-bleach skin lighteners are fine.
- Biore type adhesive facial strips, or “peel-off” masks will pull your tan off!
- Bug spray, perfumes, and body sprays when sprayed directly onto skin, can remove, fade or crack the tan. Instead, spray clothing instead of directly onto skin.
- Facial masks and exfoliating scrubs. It is recommended that you do these before a spray tan.
- Hair Inhibiting Lotions (Jergens, etc.) tend to make a sunless tan yellow.
- If you exercise and sweat heavily your tan can fade faster, especially in body fold areas. (arm bends, armpits, knee bends, between breasts etc.) Powder the areas that rub so that there’s less friction and less of a chance of rubbing the tan off.
- If you use hand lotion daily, please make sure it is also spray tan approved.