How to Prep For and Maintain a Spray TanJune 25, 2021
Shave and Exfoliate Before Your TanIf you want your spray tan to come out streak-free and last longer, you have to put in some work ahead of time. Exfoliating is key to an even spray tan, as dead or flaky skin can leave you with patches and streaks. Try the Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub to prepare your skin (focusing on drier areas like knees and elbows) and shave at the end of your shower once your hair follicles have softened. Remember that shaving after your spray tan session will only strip away the color quicker, so it’s key to shave before.
Don't Shower Right Before Your Session
Showering the same day is fine — just be sure to do it at least four hours before your appointment. Your pores are enlarged after a warm shower or bath, so the tanning solution can sit in your pores and creates dark-looking spots.
Take Off Your Makeup Before Your Spray Tan
Don’t wear makeup during your spray session if you plan on tanning your face as well. Your foundation will act as a barrier for the product and once you go home to cleanse your face, the tanner will wash right down the drain. Most tanning salons will offer makeup-removing wipes, or you can bring some with you (like the CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths). If you choose not to tan your face but you still want to match your body’s glow, we recommend mixing the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tan Drops into your moisturizer every day.
Skip the Deodorant and Moisturizer, Too
Deodorant can also act as a barrier to the spray tan solution (and in some cases, can even turn colors), which will result in patchy underarms. Avoid this altogether by skipping out on the deodorant before your appointment. You’ll also want to avoid moisturizer and any other oils and fragrances that may cling to your skin and result in uneven tanning.
Wait at Least Six to Eight Hours Before Showering
Once you do wash up, you’re going to notice that the water looks muddy — this is just the cosmetic bronzing solution used in the tan that allows the technician to know where they are spraying. Make sure not to shave or exfoliate during your first shower. Only use body wash to gently cleanse and let the water run until it turns clear. Once you’ve showered, you can usually go to bed without worrying about staining your sheets. However, every spray tanning solution is different, so check with your technician to know when you can safely tuck in without staining your PJs or bed.