T A N N I N G    T I P S/ Q   &  A's

Key Pointers:

  • Hair removal the day prior 
  • EXFOLIATE! - get any existing tan OFF
  • Hydrate 
  • No deodorant/perfume/moisturiser on
  • Old baggy daggy clothes
  • Be prepared to leave without a bra on
  • Take all makeup and jewellery off prior
  • Let us know if you have any pre-existing skin contraindications
  • Don't be going for a swim or run that day after your tan, or any exercise that will cause sweating (ie streaks)
  • We MUST have your consent form sent back prior to your tan appointment 


Hair Removal the day before

Ensure any waxing, shaving, threading etc is done the day or night prior. NOT THE DAY OF.  Why?  - your skin can become irritated , the extra 24 hours can give it a chance to calm down.  The skin is also more porous after hair removal and you don't want the tan to settle in open pores.

Prepare the skin - EXFOLIATE !!

Your body should be a blank canvas, any residual tan is to be removed as best as you can. Scrub, loofah or use a tanning exfoliant mitt for best results.  Exfoliate both the night prior and the morning of.  Do not use any perfume, creams or oils before a tan as it can act as a barrier between your skin and the tan, meaning the tan will not adhere properly.

Dressing after your tan

Remember your self tan will need time to dry completely before you can get dressed, we recommend waiting about 10-15 minutes to reduce the risk of staining your clothes with your tan. We would always advise that you wear loose, dark clothing after your tan to prevent marking your tan with tight straps. If any tan does stain your clothes you will most likely be able to wash it off in the machine or simply hand wash the stained area if your outfit is made of a delicate fabric. However, it’s always a good idea to wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty in the very unlikely case that any stains can’t be removed.

Try to avoid touching your skin while your tan develops, which can take between 6-8 hours, or 1-3 depending on which tanning solution you have chosen. Many people like to leave their tan on overnight to ensure that it has had enough time to fully develop. If you choose to do this be aware that your bed sheets may become discoloured if you’re spray tan hasn’t fully dried.  If you tend to sweat at night it’s possible that some product will be transmitted onto your sheets. Again, any colour transfer should come off in the wash.

The DOs and DONTs Immediately After You Tan

While there are many beauty strategies you can implement to look and feel your best, tanning is often at times one of the most effective. However, to ensure that you maintain the beautiful look produced by the tanning procedure, it’s important that you know what to do and what not to do immediately after you tan. To obtain the information you need to keep your tan looking great, refer to the following quick reference guide:

Tanning Do’s

1. Shower prior to sweating or working out. If you work out in the bronzer, your tan can start to streak. For best results, rinse the bronzer from your skin. Then you can complete the work out and take a shower.

2. If you wear the spray tan to sleep, be sure to wear long pants and long sleeves. You should also cover the hands with a pair of socks during sleep. These efforts will stop the spray tan from getting on the hands during sleep and thus making them excessively dark.

3. Tanners who have young children who need to be bathed should complete the activity prior to the spray tan. If you cannot do this yourself, have a trusted individual bathe them on the day of the tan.

4. If you are able to come wearing the clothes you’ll be wearing to bed, do so.

Tanning Don’ts

1. After your tan, be sure not to shower for at least 10-12 hours after your use of the original tanning formula. If you used the express formula, wait 2-6 hours before showering. Showering before this time frame can reduce your tan color and adversely affects the results you attain with the spray tan.

2. Do not swim, get wet, exercise or perform any activity that would induce perspiration until you’ve taken a shower. This strategy will help you avoid streaking.

3. Do not attempt to wash the face prior to showering for the first time after the tan. You should also refrain from washing cosmetics from your face. This is one time when it’s actually advisable to sleep in your makeup.

How to Extend Your Tan

You want to keep your skin glowing for as long as you can after you get a tan. There are a number of things that you can do that will extend the life of your tan. Below are some of the things you can do to help yourself tan or spray tan last for a longer period of time.

Take A Cool Shower

It is best for you to take cool showers after you get a tan. Hot water can cause the skin to lose moisture. This can cause your skin to peel faster.


One of the best things that you can do to help your tan last longer is to moisturise your skin. Moisturising your skin everyday will also help your tan look more natural. 

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking plenty of water will help keep your tan last for a longer period of time by keeping your skin hydrated. The skin has a tendency to flake when it is not getting enough moisture. This is why keeping your skin hydrated on the inside is just as important as keeping it hydrated on the outside. Increasing your water intake will also help keep your skin plump and smooth-looking. Additionally, drinking more water will prolong the life of all of your skin cells.

Use a Gradual Tanner

You can keep your tan looking freshby topping up your tan with a Gradual Tanner. we have TAN EXTENDERS for sale.  These products are infused with Aloe Vera, which helps your tan last longer. They also feature smaller levels of DHA so you can slowly build your tan over time.

Eat More Beta-Carotene-Rich Foods

The food that you eat could have an effect on how long your tan lasts. You may want to include more beta-carotene-rich foods in your diet. There have been a number of studies done to indicate that beta-carotene-rich foods can give the skin a natural tan. Carrots, apricots and sweet potatoes are some of the beta-carotene-rich foods that you can include in your diet.


Exfoliation is something that needs to be done regularly, especially prior to applying any self tanner. When you exfoliate your skin, you remove the dead skin cells that can cause the skin to look dull. Exfoliation will help keep your skin looking radiant and gives you a smooth canvas upon which you can apply your favourite tanning product.


DHA, the most common colouring agent in today’s fake tanning formulas, typically stays in the top layer of your skin. Because the top layer of the skin is composed of dead skin cells, any cells that are affected by DHA naturally fall off and get replaced by new cells within a relatively short period of time.

Some studies have concluded that it is possible for trace amounts of DHA to permeate deeper into the skin, but the doses are so small that it is unlikely to harm you.

The main concern when it comes to getting a spray tan while pregnant is inhaling DHA and other chemicals by accident. To prevent inhaling potentially harmful synthetics, protect your body by covering your mouth, eyes and nose.

Because your hormone levels can fluctuate dramatically throughout your pregnancy, do a skin test before getting a spray tan or using any product.  In addition to checking for skin irritation, make sure that you are not bothered by the product’s scent.

Some pregnant women find the smell of self-tanning formulas to be too overwhelming to use on a regular basis. If you are sensitive to strong smells, look for organic formulas without artificial preservatives or added fragrance.

Remember that while fake tanning during pregnancy is generally harmless, it is always a good idea to check in with your physician before you make any changes to your skin care routine.

Your doctor knows you best, so getting his or her approval can help put your mind at ease about getting a spray tan while pregnant. If you are still nervous after seeing your doctor, wait until you are in your second trimester before you use any fake tanners.

How to Remove Fake Tan

Fake tans usually never last more than a couple of weeks, so letting them fade naturally is always the easiest way to get rid of them. But, sometimes tan nightmares come true- maybe your tan turned out way too dark, maybe it turned out streaky or maybe it left you looking like an oompa-loompa with a bright orange glow. Whatever the reason you want to remove fake tan before it fades naturally, you should make sure you are using a tried and true method. In order to avoid streaking, you want to remove the fake tan as carefully as you applied it. So, before you vigorously go after your skin with a bar of soap, check out some of these methods below. All of these methods to remove fake tan are safe and effective.
Here are some of the best ways to remove fake tan:

1. A Citrusy Squeeze

Lemon juice’s naturally acidic properties can be very useful when you want to remove fake tan. For this technique, you can cut the lemon in half and apply it to your body like you would a bar of soap. You will find that the fake tan glides off fairly easily. Because lemons are so small, this method is great for evening out the areas where the tan is too concentrated, such as the elbows, ankles and palms. A lemon wedge slice is also excellent for removing the tan that gets built up between the fingers. If the whole tan needs to go, try mixing some lemon with some raw sugar (brown usually works best) to create a DIY exfoliant. Rub the solution all over your body and then rinse off with warm water.

2. Baking Soda Miracle Worker

Baking soda seems to be the fix all ingredient for many household mishaps, and with spray tans it’s no exception.
During this method to remove fake, you will be creating a paste to rub on your skin by mixing the baking soda with water. You want the consistency to be close to that of peanut butter-somewhat thick but still spreadable, but definitely not watery. You’ll want to leave the solution on for 20-30 minutes before you start scrubbing it off. This is a great solution if for those who want to feel some relaxing skin relief, as baking soda also works to alleviate rashes and stings.

3. The ol’ shower or bath method

If DIY pastes and exfoliants are not your thing, it certainly is possible to remove your spray tan with some soap and water. You can use whatever soap, gel or cream you normally use to shower to remove fake tan, but it is preferable to use one that has little micro beads in it that are good at exfoliating. Also, be sure to use a loofa as this will make your job much easier and it’ll ensure those hard to reach places on your backside are not neglected. However, if the tan has already had time to set a shower with soap and water is usually not the most effective method, as spray tans are meant to resist soap and water. While this will certainly expedite the fading process, do not expect the tan to be completely removed, unless you had a tanning disaster and are showering a few hours within getting the tan done.

4. Baby Oil’s not Just for Babies

Applying baby oil is also an excellent method to remove fake tan that is both cost-effective and simple. You can add some to bath water so the tan slips off smoothly, rub some on your skin while showering or buy some wipes to get at the more stubborn spots. An added bonus to baby oil is that not only is it an effective method to remove fake tan, it also leaves your skin soft,smooth and glowing!

5. Hit the Pool

How about getting in some exercise while removing your tan at the same time? If you have access to a chlorinated pool, this is a great idea. The chlorine chemical in swimming pools can help to break down the spray tan.

If you want to take it a step further, hit up the steam room or sauna after doing a few laps, as the temperature in these rooms will also help prep the skin for easy spray tan removal.

While pools and saunas are great for prepping the skin, they are not effective alone in removing spray tans. If you are looking to go this route, it is best to follow up your swim and sauna routine with one of the methods already mentioned.

6. Wipe It, Wipe it Good

While this method is not the most effective way to remove fake tan that has already set in, cleansing wipes or facial wipes are a great way to start the tan removal process by wiping away that top layer that hasn’t had a chance to fully soak into your skin yet. They are also great if you need a quick fade but do not have access to or do not have the time to fully shower or bath your skin. Many wipes are specifically designed for your face, and this can be great if you went a shade too dark in that area.

Just like the swimming pool though, it is best to combine the wiping method with another one of the methods for optimal results. So whether your spray tan was a complete disaster and the whole thing has to go or you just need to clean up a few problem areas, there are clearly a lot of easy-to-do method that are cheap and effective. Remember though that most fake tan products aren’t built to last for more than a couple weeks, so the fading process pretty much begins immediately. So if the color seems too dark initially, you may want to be patient and give it a day or two before you start scrubbing away.

Always remember to exfoliate your skin in between spray tans too, as fake tan always hold better on skin that is fresh and smooth rather than skin that is dry and dead. So, if you are hesitant to try a spray tan, there is really no need to worry, as any damage done can be easily fixed!