What to Do Before and After a Spray Tan – Best Spray Tan Tips

Spray tans are a great way to get the perfect bronze glow without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. In some areas taking a sun tan is impossible. So, there are some artificial best ways to tan your skin. However, you must take care of your skin before and after your spray tan session in order to prevent any damage and maximize the results of your tanning session. 

Here are some helpful tips for getting the best possible spray tan from home or at a salon.

Spray Tan Tips From Experts

One week before – Exfoliate

Exfoliate your skin one week before getting a spray tan. This will help remove dead skin and make the application process smoother. If you have very dry skin, use a scrub or loofah with your favorite body wash to exfoliate every day. Exfoliation is also great if you have acne or scarring as it helps to reduce those issues before applying the self-tanner so that they aren’t exacerbated by the process of self-tanning.

If you don’t have access to a loofah or scrub brush at home, there are other options available: sugar scrubs work great on drying out rough areas (like elbows) while microbeads in body wash help slough away dead cells on top of moisturizing the skin underneath them!

Two days before – Get a manicure and pedicure

The best time to get a manicure and pedicure is two days before your spray tan appointment. This way, your nails will be fresh and clean while also looking natural enough that they don’t distract from your beautiful tan.

You should aim to get a manicure and pedicure at least once every month, but if you’re in between appointments it’s important not to skip them altogether. Since self-manicures tend to be less effective than professional ones, those of us who prefer doing our nails should try our best not to let too much time pass between appointments.

Two days before – Shave your legs and underarms

You can shave two days before getting a spray tan, but it’s important to remember that you can cause some damage if you shave the day before. Shaving your legs too soon could lead to irritation, especially if you use an old razor or don’t exfoliate properly.

To avoid irritation and cuts, follow these tips:

Use a new razor and shave in the shower or bathtub. This will help prevent cuts from occurring on your skin and save water by not having to run the water for another purpose besides shaving.

Shave in the direction of hair growth when possible so that you don’t irritate your skin even more by pulling against its natural grain.

After shaving, use moisturizing lotion immediately after rinsing off any excess water to keep yourself hydrated during those first few hours after getting out of the shower or tub!

Two days before – Don’t moisturize or use lotion if possible.

You may want to use lotion or moisturizer before your spray tan but don’t. Moisturizers can interfere with the spray tan, which means that you’ll have to go back and do it again. If you’re not sure whether your skin care products are causing problems, test them over a small area first (like your arm). If there’s no reaction at all, then you should be good to go.

Also, avoid using lotion for at least 24 hours after getting a spray tan. The same goes for exfoliating sponges and anything else that will rub off dead skin cells onto freshly-sprayed areas of your body.

The day of the spray tan (at least 6 hours before) – Don’t put on deodorant, makeup, moisturizer, or perfume.

Before getting spray-tanned, it is important to take a few precautions. First and foremost, don’t apply any deodorant or makeup (shave the night before!) as these products can interfere with the spray tanning process. 

Makeup and perfume will stain your skin and make it look uneven, while deodorant can leave white marks on your skin that are difficult to remove even after you’ve received your spray tan.

The day of the spray tan (at least 6 hours before) – Wear loose clothing to minimize getting marks

On the day of your spray tan, it’s important to wear loose clothing. It is recommended that you avoid wearing tight clothing, clothing with zippers and buttons, jewelry, and dark colors.

If you choose to wear makeup on your appointment day, make sure that it is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). If you normally wear foundation then opt for a light-tinted moisturizer or BB cream instead. 

Also, avoid wearing nail polish as this can stain the bedsheets between sessions. You should also avoid mascara but feel free to use a bit of eyeliner around your eyes if needed.

On the day before your session wash your hair using a sulfate-free shampoo so that any residue from styling products won’t interfere with the color application process during your session (you can use dry shampoo on those off days).

The day of the spray tan (at least 6 hours before) – Wear dark clothes and shoes to avoid stains

On the day of a spray tan, you should wear dark clothes and shoes to avoid stains. If you’re going to be wearing socks, choose ones that are easy to clean. You can also bring an extra pair of socks in case the others get stained during your session.

To avoid staining your feet, wear socks and make sure they don’t have holes or tears in them. Also, stay away from white or light-colored clothes (including underwear). Makeup is another thing that will stain if it gets on your skin before getting tanned, so apply makeup after you’ve been tanned instead of before – if at all!

After you get sprayed – Wait at least 6 hours before taking a shower

After getting sprayed, wait at least 6 hours before taking a shower or getting wet so the DHA has time to set properly. If your skin does become wet (such as in the rain), use a towel to dry off your skin and avoid using soap or body wash for at least 6 hours. 

Do not use any moisturizers or lotions on your skin until after you have showered 6 hours later to give yourself enough time for any remaining DHA on your skin to fully absorb into it and be used by the hair follicles.


The bottom line is that there’s a lot to keep in mind when it comes to spray tans. If you want your spray tan to look good and last as long as possible, make sure you’re properly prepared beforehand and follow our tips on how to get the most out of your next visit!



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