Tan Prep and After Care

Wendy wants each and every one of her clients to have the information they need to insure a beautiful spray tan, preparing before the session and caring for your tan afterwards so that it will last the maximum five to ten days. She has graciously provided a Tan Prep and After Care list. Here are her best tips and tricks.


• Do not wear make-up, lotion, or deodorant before your tan.

• Shower at least one to four hours prior to your tan.

• Exfoliate 8 to 24 hours before your tan for the best outcome. Use an exfoliation glove or a wash cloth and a paraben free soap.

• Your legs should be shaved 8 to 24 hours before your tan. If less than 8-24 hours, please shave and follow with a cold rinse to close the pores.

• If you’d like to wax and have a manicure and pedicure, do so before your treatment.

• Be sure to not leave anything on your skin. This includes soap residue, shaving cream residue, lotion, body oil, and sunscreen. If you have fresh, clean, clear skin, your spray tan is going to absorb better and last longer.

• Rub your body dry with a towel—this will give your skin just a little bit of extra exfoliation.

• Wear very loose, dark clothing to your spray-tan appointment. Avoid putting on a bra right after your session, while your spray tan is still developing. Loose swimsuit cover-ups, sundresses, large T-shirts, and drawstring shorts or pants are perfect choices. Yoga pants or tight clothes will rub against your new spray tan, so leave the form-fitting clothes at home.


• Do not shower or sweat excessively for the next eight to ten hours after your tan.

• For rapid tans, do not shower or sweat excessively for the next one to four hours. You will be given the rinse-off time and special instructions.

• Do not shave for the first twelve hours after your spray tan and first shower—if you must, use a fresh razor.

• The first shower after your tan should be with cool water and no soap. You may see the tanning bronzer rinse off. Don’t worry—your tan will still be on your skin. It’s just the body bronzer that’s rinsing off.

• Use your hands as your washcloth in the shower.

• Use a body wash that is mild and sulfate-free. Sulfates will strip off a spray tan. So will harsh soaps like anti-bacterial soaps, Dove, Dial, Ivory, Nivea, and Oil of Olay. Stick to a salon-suggested body wash or an organic brand at your local health food store.

• Avoid putting things on your skin that are drying or bleaching like chlorine and alcohol. This includes perfume—use sparingly on wrists and behind ears.

• Avoid wearing tight clothing as much as possible. If you are wearing skin-tight jeans, workout bras, and tops that are form-fitting, constantly rubbing on the surface of the skin, you’re going to rub off your tan. Come prepared to your session with loose-fitting clothes and flip-flops to wear home.

• The most important thing that you can do to make your tan last longer is to moisturize twice every day with a spray tan-friendly moisturizer. Be very careful to avoid any products that contain mineral oil, which will strip off your color. Hydrated skin ensures that the tan will be even and will stay on your skin as long as possible.