Preparation & Maintenance

Spray Tan Preparation

Not sure what to do before you receive an airbrushed tan? We’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to know. 

What to Do Before Your Tan (And When to Do It)

  • Two Plus Days Before Your Tan: Any waxing or facial treatments you plan to have done

  • One Day Before Your Tan: Manicures, pedicures, and microdermabrasion can be done the day before your airbrush tan treatment if you choose to do so. 

  • 8 hours Before Your Tan (or more): Shower, shave, and exfoliate your skin. If possible, avoid adding moisturizer. If your skin is “thirsty,” it will more readily absorb the tanning solution.

  • The Day of Your Tan: Wear loose-fitting clothes in darker colors to prevent staining. Wool, silk, and synthetic fabrics can interact with DHA, the active ingredient in your tan. If possible, skip those fabrics. 

  • At Your Tan Appointment: Put your hair up so that it doesn’t touch your face or neck. Remove all jewelry before your airbrush tan. 

What Not to Do Before Your Tan

  • Avoid wearing moisturizer, lotion, perfume, makeup, and deodorant to your appointment. These products can all negatively affect the results of your tan. 

  • Within 24 hours after getting your tan, avoid the following: manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, and dermabrasions

What to Expect from Your Post-Tan Shower

When you take your first shower after your airbrush tanning treatment, you will see the cosmetic bronzer come off in the water. This is a normal part of the spray tan process. What you’re seeing is just the excess product coming off. 


For the best results, your first shower should be a lukewarm, quick rinse. This will maximize the length of your tan. 


Spray Tan Maintenance

Follow these tips to maximize the longevity out of your tan. 

  • Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing following your spray tan. Avoid wearing bras with tight straps, sports bras, tight clothing, or tight shoes and socks while your tan is developing. 

  • Wait 8-12 hours to shower after your spray tan. This gives the tanning solution the ideal time to set. While you can shower sooner, it will lessen the intensity. The best way to maximize your custom airbrush tan? Sleep in it and shower the next morning! 

  • Avoid moderate to intense physical activity until after your first shower. This includes activities like swimming, working out, or relaxing in the sauna or hot tub. Basically, anything that includes water or sweating should be avoided for the 8-12 hours following your tan. 

  • Avoid exfoliation after your tan. When you’re bathing or showering, use a mild shower gel and go without the exfoliant or thorough scrubs with a washcloth. Not sure if what you have will work? We have products specifically formulated for before and after your tan - just ask us and we can recommend exactly what you need!

  • Pat your skin dry after showering. Pat, don’t rub and you’ll keep your glow looking nice and even. 

  • Moisturize twice daily (starting after your first post-tan shower). Before your tan, you want your skin thirsty - avoid the moisturizer. But after your tan, you want to keep it hydrated so moisturize away! This will help it last longer. 

More Questions?

We’ve got you. At the time of your tan, your Glamour Girl Airbrush Artist can answer any questions you have and explain all the maintenance tips so you can care for your airbrush tan like a pro.

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