Spray tanning

Preparation & Aftercare


If you follow this prep work and after care advice below you're tan will be perfect and will last up to a week.


  • Moisturise (especially the bottoms of your legs) up until your last shower before you have your tan
  • Do not use other tanning products 1 week before treatment
  • Wax or shave at least 24 hours prior to treatment
  • On the day of your spray tan treatment DO NOT wear any:
  • Make up
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume
  • Body Oils or Lotions
  • Wear loose, dark clothing and flip flops or sandals
  • Exfoliate the day before

After Application

  • Wear loose clothing
  • Keep skin completely dry, avoid any water contact
  • Do not apply any products over the developing tan
  • Allow tan to develop for at least 8 hours (if possible leave overnight)
  • Avoid other beauty/hair treatment whilst tan is developing
  • Avoid activities that make you perspire

After tan has developed

  • Rinse off remaining colour with warm water
  • Once the water runs clear gently wash yourself with a 'mild' soap / shower wash, stay away from any heavy perfumed products - these will strip your tan. The main shower gels to AVOID are: Dove / Imperial Leather / Johnson's Body wash
  • Shower gels that are gentle to use after your spray tan are: Simple / Radox
  • If in doubt read the ingredients on the back of the product and avoid products that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHA's) and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) as these can strip the colour.
  • Avoid swimming pools as Chlorine will prematurely fade your tan
  • To prolong your tan moisturising is the key! The same rules apply to moisturising products as body wash products. All moisturisers need to be Oil Free, this will help lock in the colour and also hydrate your skin. >Safe moisturisers to use are: Fake Bake Oil Free moisturiser / Nivea Oil Free / Simple
  • Please AVOID these moisturisers: Cocoa Butter / Dove / Baby oil
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to water, such as long baths

Expert Advice
If you want your Spray Tan to look perfect for as long as possible then please avoid:

  • Shaving with a blunt razor
  • Rough towel drying after your shower
  • Scrubbing too hard when washing
  • Lounging in hot tubs / jacuzzi's and being in the swimming pool for a long period of time

How to prevent some parts of your body looking patchy after 3-4 days:
You follow the aftercare instructions to the last letter but something still goes wrong. Certain parts of your body look "scaley" or uneven. This is your skin simply showing you the driest areas which you need to start showing a little more attention too. Your skin needs to be constantly moisturised before, during and after your tan. Looking after yourself better day to day will dramatically improve the condition of your skin.

Never spend longer than 15 minutes in the bath or shower
Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils. When your skin is still damp, slap on as much moisturiser as you can, paying lots of attention to the bottom half of your legs as you have fewer oil-producing glands in this area so they get drier than the rest of your body.

To ensure your tan has 'lasting power' and remains vibrant:
Your tan will naturally wear off your hands, face & feet before the rest of your body. This is purely down to washing these areas more frequently, additional products used there and your feet sweating. Moisturise at every opportunity - this will lock in the tan.

Products / medications to avoid as they can affect the colour or often parts of your body from taking:

  • Dove soap and shower gel
  • Head and Shoulders shampoo
  • Anti-Ageing Products (AHA)
  • Retin-A type products
  • Toners containing Alcohol or Witch Hazel
  • Anti-Acne Products (Salicylic Acid)
  • Depilatory Products
  • Perfumed baby/face wipes
  • Products that are Oily
  • Coco-Butter Products
  • Anti-Depressents
  • Migraleve
  • Some Anti-Biotics
  • Cancer, Diabetic or Heart Medications

Did you know that Your Spray Tan can also be affected by your hormones?
Hormones can cause blotchiness, the colour may not develop very well / go too dark or wash off after only a few days. Stress, illness, pregnancy or the "time of the month" are usually the main culprits. They can also cause the tan to go green but after the development stage should usually turn out fine.

Your tan is always really 'dark' under your armpits
Rubbing with a baby wipe will strip away some of the colour for you - Johnson's wipes are particular good for this job. When your beauty therapist has left, just pat a little Talcum Powder under your armpits so your sweat can't ruin the colour.

Parts of your body and/or your armpits have gone green
This is basically caused by products that have been left on the skin post tanning and cheap jewellery. The best thing to do is really scrub those areas before your appointment in future, change your antiperspirant products to something less harsh on the skin, avoid perfume, body sprays and doctor prescribed creams / ointments on the day of your tan. This is also caused by hormones but seems to develop fine.