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Preparation and Maintenence for the best spray tan

Preparation & Maintenance

Know before you Glow


For maximum results, preparing for your tan is key. 
Here are a few tips to keep in mind for the perfect airbrush tan:


Please book early to ensure the best date/time that works for your schedule.

If scheduling for a wedding, a trial for new clients is recommended (pro tip: schedule your trial so that you're glowing for your bach party or shower!).  Every tan is customized for your skin tone, lifestyle and desired affect.

For vacation: Schedule as close to leaving as possible so you have a fresh tan for the duration of your trip.

For events/weddings: ideally 2 days prior to your event.



Exfoliate 24 hours prior to your appointment to get the dead skin cells off the surface for a more even, longer lasting tan. Showing a little extra love to dry areas (knees, elbows, ankles, feet and hands.) If you skip this step, I have exfoliating wipes. An oil free exfoliant, a scrub, loofah..whatever you have on hand is perfectly fine!



Hair Removal Waxing and shaving should be done PRIOR to your appointment as they are forms of exfoliation. Keep in mind the tan sits on your first layer of skin and gradually fades as your skin sheds. If done after, you may effect the quality and longevity of the tan.



Mani/Pedi: If getting a manicure or pedicure it is advised that you do so before the tan. If receiving either after a tan (at your own risk ::insert skill emoji::) wait until after your first rinse and ONLY a polish change. Acetone, Soaking, scrubbing, and oil based lotions are not recommended at any point after your tan.

Simplified version: Think of your tan as the last step in your beauty routine. If preparing for a vacation or event, do everything else first.


The day of your tan:


A blank canvas is necessary. Please make sure your skin is free of oil, lotion, or perfume the day of your appointment. Any residue on your skin can inhibit the tan from fully developing.



Wear dark, loose fitting clothing. The tanning solution washes out of most clothing, but the cosmetic bronzer may temporarily discolor lighter colored clothes (wool, nylon, and silk are not recommended).


For your convenience disposable boxers, thongs and bra tops are available for use. 

We will do a quick consultation to discuss your wants, your lifestyle and skin routine to figure out what works best for you. 


Where to tan: any temperature controlled location inside your home with space for my tent (approx 4ft wide/6 ft high and a 3 prong/grounded outlet). Entryways, living rooms, I've squeezed into tiny NYC apartments, we make it work.

It takes time for the tan to develop on your skin. Within this time (2-8 hours depedning on the product we discuss at your appointment), you cannot wet. No showering, sweating or anything liquid on the skin (this includes lotion, perfume, sunscreen, bug spray, liquid makeup). Mineral or powder makeup is fine. If you get wet in any way pat pat pat dry (do not rub).


If you decide to sleep in your tan, some clients chose to put a towel down or use dark colored sheets (silk sheets should be avoided). 


During/After First Shower:

Your first shower is just a warm water rinse! You can use your hand to help get the bronzer off, but nothing else (no soap, bodywash, loofah, washcloth etc). When taking your first shower make sure the water runs clear. This is just the cosmetic bronzer, your tan will be on your first layer of skin it does not wash off.


Use a gentle sulfate-free bodywash. Soap is not recommended as it is very drying. No Dove or Dial soap.


Avoid anything exfoliating or containing harsh chemicals: Scrubs, Loofahs, Retin-A, Clarisonic Brushes, Body Hair Bleaches. Absolutely NO waxing after your tan. You can resume most regular skincare after your first rinse: keep it simple and gentle.


Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize! In addition to maintaining the overall appearance of your skin, moisturizing daily also helps hold on to your tan a bit longer. 


Don't forget sunscreen! Your airbrush tan does not provide any protection from the damaging rays of the sun. Getting sunburn after or before your tan can cause your skin to peel and ruin your faux glow.

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