Dos and Don’ts of Spray Tanning

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  • DON’T have a spray tan in your first trimester of pregnancy
  • DO exfoliate and moisturise thoroughly at least 24 hours before the spray tan, with special attention to elbows, knees, heels, and hands using a non-oil scrub and abrasive mitt
  • DO wax or shave at least 24 hours before the spray tan
  • DON’T apply any moisturiser, deodorant, perfume or makeup before your spray tan
  • DO shower before your spray tan to ensure no moisturiser, deodorant, perfume or makeup is left on the skin
  • DON’T wear makeup or jewellery to your spray tan appointment (unless not easily removed)
  • DO think about what you’re going to be wearing after your spray tan. If there’s a certain bikini or swimsuit you will be wearing, try it on to ensure there are no unwanted white lines. Most people go for just a thong, naked or a strapless bikini. We can provide a disposable thong if necessary.


  • DO wear loose, dark clothing for the rest of the day or night after your spray tan, remembering your feet, flip flops are best!
  • DO not shower for at least 8 hours (where possible, sleep in the tan to let it develop overnight)
  • DO not exercise or sweat excessively after your spray tan, it could influence the development.
  • DO moisturise regularly using an oil-free moisturiser as this keeps your spray tan longer.
  • DO choose cool showers over baths to prolong the life of your tan. Pat dry with a towel, never rub
  • DON’T get in contact with leather until you have showered – it will stain.
  • DON’T get into contact with oil as this will strip your spray tan
  • DON’T wax or shave as this will also strip your spray tan
  • DO exfoliate after 5 – 6 days if you need to, only on rough areas like knees, heels and elbows.
  • DO have a long bath on the 7th or 8th day of your tan to soak it all off using exfoliator, to ensure your skin is tan-free before your next one. Applying tan on top of previous tan can cause uneven development.

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