Preperation Instructions & Tips

  Your tanning session should be booked at least one day prior to any events to allow time for your tan to develop. We know you will love the results of your tan, however, the quality and longevity of your tan greatly depends on how well you prepare you skin, and how well you care for your tan afterwards. Please review the instructions carefully to get the best results possible!

Please check out our top 35 tanning tips! (located at end of page)

  • Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. To prepare for your tan it is best to really exfoliate/scrub your skin THE DAY BEFORE your appointment. (exfoliating mitt is strongly recommended which can be purchased at the studio - see our Instagram highlights for a demo!) Don't just wash, but actually SCRUB your skin vigorously. I cannot stress this enough. This removes loose, dead skin cells and will IMPROVE AND EXTEND your tanning results. Very important for a long lasting tan.

  • Do not shave (particularly your legs) the day of your tan. If you must, be sure to thoroughly wash your legs after as to not leave any shaving residue that can affect the absorption of your tan.

  • The day of your tan, come with clean fresh skin with no deodorant, moisturizers or makeup.

  • No bars of soap or oils/oil base products prior to your tan, as they may leave a barrier/residue on your skin.

  • It is best to NOT shower directly before your tan appointment as to allow your skin to stabilize after your shower. Ideally you should shower hours before your appointment to allow time for your pores to close up to avoid any freckle effect.

  • DO NOT GET WET. After your tanning session, you will not be able to get wet or sweat for 1-12 hours after your tanning session, depending on which tan is chosen with you (1-5 hours for express tan*, 6-12 hours for regular developing).

*Please note that the express tan does not give you your full tan in a shorter amount of developing time, but simply allows you to rinse your tan a lot quicker. Your tan is still developing into the next day.

  • For your first shower (1-12 hours after tan, or the next day) it is best just to do a nice thorough rinse with warm water to rinse off the solution. NO SCRUBBING, NO BODY WASH. It will seem as though a lot of the tan is washing off, but don't worry, the tan is still processing for approximately 24 hours after the application. Pat dry. Moisturize.

WHAT DO I WEAR?

  • Loose, dark clothing is stressed for after your session (no tights or sports bras).

  • Whatever you wear during your tan are the tan lines you will be left with (Eg. Bathing suit, bra and panties, panties only, nude).

  • You will be advised to stand if different poses. Please wear something you are comfortable with.

  • Disposable thong panties and hairnets are supplied at no cost if needed. 

  • Disposable breast cover pasties and no-tan-line sticky panties are available for purchase.​ (see photos)

 

OTHER TIPS

  • TRIAL RUN. I suggest a practice run before any big event or if you are a first time tanner or new to the salon. Everyone's skin reacts differently. It might take a couple of tans before you get exactly what you are looking for.

  • Any other beauty appointments (waxing, pedicures, hair) should be done BEFORE your tanning session or the next day/after rinsing.

 

MAINTANING YOUR TAN

  • It is really important to use sulfate free (SLS) soap to wash while you have your tan. Especially one made for sunless tanning. DO NOT USE DOVE SOAP. Even though it is noted as "sulfate-free", it is NOT compatible with your spray tan. **if your tan fades quickly and/or unevenly it is usually due to the wrong soap.

  • Moisturize daily, especially after bathing. This will help extend your tan, and help for even fade.

  • Try NOT to rub/scrub the skin especially when showering/bathing. Always PAT dry.

  • To protect your tan during swimming/hot tubs a good waterproof sunblock in recommended.

  • You can also use tan building moisturizers, or self-tanning lotions to help extend/enhance your tan.

  • ***The more you wash your skin the quicker it will fade.*** Try to minimize bathing/swimming/showering if at all possible.

 

NOTE:

When you arrive at the studio you will see a selection of retail products to extend, enhance and protect your tan (body wash, exfoliating mitts, daily moisturizer, tan extenders, cosmetics, etc). All products mentioned and everything needed to prepare for, and maintain your tan are available for purchase. To achieve your best tan please see what we have to offer!   

For more before and after tips and tricks, see the attached document:

Top 35 spray tanning tips! 

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