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Spray Tanning Dos and Don'ts: Maximizing Your Results

Spray Tanning

Spray tanning has become a popular choice for achieving a sun-kissed glow without the harmful effects of UV exposure. Whether you're preparing for a special event or simply want to maintain a bronzed complexion year-round, understanding the dos and don'ts of spray tanning can help you achieve the best results possible. Here's what you need to know:


  1. Exfoliate Beforehand: To ensure an even application and long-lasting results, exfoliate your skin thoroughly before your spray tan appointment. This helps to remove dead skin cells and create a smooth, even canvas for the tanning solution.

  2. Moisturize Dry Areas: Pay extra attention to dry areas such as elbows, knees, and ankles, as they tend to absorb more tanning solution and can appear darker than the rest of your skin. Apply a lightweight moisturizer to these areas to help prevent excessive absorption and achieve a more natural-looking tan.

  3. Wear Loose, Dark Clothing: Opt for loose-fitting, dark-colored clothing to wear to your spray tan appointment, as tight or light-colored garments can rub off the tanning solution and affect your results. Avoid wearing tight bras, socks, or shoes immediately after your spray tan to prevent streaking or smudging.

  4. Follow Aftercare Instructions: After your spray tan session, follow any aftercare instructions provided by your technician to ensure optimal results. This may include avoiding water, sweating, or excessive rubbing for a few hours after your appointment to allow the tanning solution to fully develop and set.


  1. Skip Patch Tests: Before getting a spray tan, it's essential to undergo a patch test to check for any allergic reactions or skin sensitivities to the tanning solution. Skipping this step can increase the risk of adverse reactions and result in an uneven or blotchy tan.

  2. Overapply Tanning Solution: While it may be tempting to apply multiple layers of tanning solution for a darker tan, overapplication can lead to an unnatural or streaky appearance. Follow your technician's recommendations for the appropriate number of coats based on your desired level of color.

  3. Expose Skin to Water Too Soon: To ensure the longevity of your spray tan, avoid exposing your skin to water or sweating for at least 6-8 hours after your appointment. This allows the tanning solution to fully develop and set, resulting in a more long-lasting and even tan.

  4. Forget to Moisturize: To prolong the life of your spray tan and maintain a healthy glow, moisturize your skin regularly with a hydrating lotion or moisturizer. This helps to prevent dryness and flakiness, which can cause your tan to fade unevenly.

By following these spray tanning dos and don'ts, you can maximize your results and achieve a beautiful, natural-looking tan that lasts. Remember to communicate with your technician about your preferences and concerns to ensure a customized and satisfying spray tan experience.

Looking for a place to get your tan on?

Tan By The Sea offers both UV tanning and spray tanning services. We also offer a variety of spa services.

We want to help you look and feel your best. Our team of experts will help you choose the right tanning option for you and provide you with the best possible service.

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