Spray Tanning: How to Get That Perfect Golden Glow

Who doesn’t want a fabulous tan without the risks of getting skin cancer, wrinkles or dry skin? Spray tanning, which dyes the color of your skin temporarily, is just the thing for you! Not only is it painless, fast and simple, you get the exact results you desire and end up looking like a million bucks without having to spend endless hours in the sun! However, to achieve that healthy glow and ensure that your tan lasts as long as possible, here is a list of do’s and don’ts to help you out.


• Shower and exfoliate before your tanning session as it will remove all the dead skin from your body, hence ensuring that you have a long lasting tan. Rather than using an oil-based exfoliating scrub, use a water-based one as oil will interfere with the spray tanning solution from settling properly. Also, make sure that you don’t exfoliate too hard, otherwise your tan may turn out splotchy.

• Shave or wax prior to the tanning session as it will keep your skin even and doing these afterwards will exfoliate the skin and not allow the tan to develop properly.

• For best results, do not apply moisturizers, make up, deodorant or body oil before your appointment as it will inhibit the spray tanning solution from developing properly.

• Wear a swimsuit, underwear or thong, whatever you’re comfortable in and remove all jewelry items.

• Tie away all your hair from your face and neck using hair ties, clips, hair bands, etc.

• Ask the assistant how to position yourself and any other questions that you may have before the session.

• Wear loose, protective clothing and flip flops after your session and make sure not to get wet since the moment water touches the areas sprayed on, the tanning will cease to develop further.

• Moisturize every day after your tan to increase the amount of days it stays on. You should also use a moisturizing soap free body wash.

• Remember to apply nail polish to your fingers and toes so that your nails are not affected.

• Use a tan extender, preferably one that has a light DHA bronzer, to increase the life of your tan.


• Take a shower for at least 24 hours after your spray tan as contact with water will stop the tanning process.

• Go to the gym for a few days as sweat will cause your tan to develop unevenly and poorly. Also, don’t let any pets lick you until after your first shower.

• Touch, scratch or rub the sprayed areas right after your session as your fingers and hands will turn browner and it will leave patches on your skin.

• It is advised to not wear a bra or any tight clothes for at least 6 hours afterward.

• When showering for the first time after the session, make sure not to use a loofah or scrub or rub. Avoid a long, hot shower, or a steam and sauna as well since it will fasten the exfoliation process.