Spray Tan Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

Before Your Spray Tan Appointment

Moisturise twice daily for a  week leading up to your tan. The end result of your spray tan depends how hydrated your skin is before and after application.
However do not moisturise on the day of your spray tan appointment.

  • Prepare your skin by gently exfoliating preferably 24 hours prior to your tan to remove any dead cells.
  • Do not exfoliate on the day of your spray tan appointment.

  • Ensure to wax or shave at least 24 hours prior to your spray tan.  

  • Do not shave or wax on the day of your spray tan appointment. The use of razors with moisturising strips can affect your tan result.

  • A light coat of nail polish is advisable as this will prevent the tan from staining your finger nails.

On the day of your Spray Tan Appointment

  • Do not apply moisturiser, perfume or deodorant prior to your tan as they may act as a barrier when tanning and prevent an even coverage.  

  • Any product applied to your skin will act as either a barrier to the tan (so you will have patches) OR it may react chemically with the tan solution (you make look slightly green until you shower off)

  • Do NOT use Bondi Sands Tan Remover or any other tan remover within 12 hours prior to your tan application

  • If you are sweaty or hot the sweat acts as a barrier to the tan, and may also cause the tan to run, causing streaks/patches.

  • You will be provided with a disposable G-string. If you wish to wear your own underwear it is best to wear dark underwear. 

  • Make sure to wear loose and dark clothing and thongs before and after your tanning session.

  • Remove all bras and tops containing elastic (shelf bras) well before your tan appointment.

  • Tight clothing will rub against your skin and may cause patches.

  • Be sure to not shower within 2 hours of your spray tan application.

After your Spray Tan Application

  • Shower no earlier than 1 hour but no later than 4 hours after your tan appointment unless directed otherwise by your tanner.

  • Use only water to rinse the tan off. Do not scrub/rub your skin.

  • Do not use any body washes/shampoo as this may affect your tan development. 

  • Avoid exercising and excessive perspiring on the day of your tanning session. 

  • Do not shower, swim or get wet for at least 4 hours after application.before your first shower. 

  • Do not use lotions containing AHA’s. These lotions increase exfoliation and may fade your tan or possibly cause the tan to go yellow. 

  • Try not to wash your hands after your tan, your tan will fade on the tops of your hands and leave them looking lighter than your body.

The full, two phase development time is 24 hours but you are able to shower after two - eight hours depending on which tan you had applied.
After the initial development period, your base tan would have developed and even if you shower, the second phase will continue to develop and your tan will deepen in colour.
After your first shower your tan will continue to develop over the next 24 hours.

  • The tan will last up to 5-7 days, however, factors such as activity, maintenance and skin type may ​cause results to vary. 

  • Drink heaps of water to help hydrate your skin from the inside.

  • After your tan, one tan per week will keep you looking bronzed and natural all year round. Why not purchase one of our Prepaid Spray Tan Cards

Most Frequently Asked Questions 

1. I have sensitive skin can I still be sprayed? 
If you have eczema dermatitis, or psoriasis it’s best to patch test the skin. If the skin has no reaction the spray tan may go ahead. 
We use the highest quality eco certified ingredients but if you are concerned about possible allergies or reactions to the tanning solution, please notify your sunless tanning technician prior to your tan.
They can do a patch test on a small area of the skin prior to a full body session. The same would apply to retail items when using them at home, do a patch test and go from there.

2. Can pregnant or breastfeeding women be sprayed? 
Testing has shown that DHA does not penetrate the skin, nor enter the blood stream, therefore, it appears safe to spray pregnant women. As a precaution we suggest clients who are pregnant get permission from their local doctor. For women who are breastfeeding, ensure nipples are wiped over before breastfeeding. 

3. Do I have to take all of my clothes off? 
Absolutely not, a client should feel comfortable and can choose to wear their bathers, underwear, G-string or they can go naked if they prefer. 

4. During my shower, I have noticed some colour washing away?
This is fine and completely normal. The excess colour that is washing away is the bronzer. Your tan will then continue to develop for the next 12 hours. Pat Dry after each shower being sure not to rub.

5. How often should I moisturise after being spray tanned? 
The more the better! We advise moisturising once or twice a day. This will help your tan to fade evenly while keeping your skin well nourished.
 We suggest using the Tan HQ Tan Extender $27.95 

6. After being sprayed, do I still need to wear sunscreen? 

Yes! Tanning solution does not contain sunscreen. 

7. Will tanning solution stain my clothes? What should I wear after my tanning session? 
We suggest loose dark coloured cotton fabrics as the bronzer will wash out easily from cotton. Females should go braless if possible immediately after the spray to avoid the bra rubbing against the skin and removing the tan.
 We recommend purchasing a Kaftanned Kaftan for $29.95  or LTD Little Tan Tank $34.95 to wear after your spray tan

8. Can I wear make-up straight after my tan? 
Wearing make- up is fine; however, clients should not wash their face for the first 2 hours after your tan as water stops the development process. Make-up applied before the tanning session will act as a barrier so it is likely that the tan on their face will be slightly lighter than on the rest of their body.
A second application can be applied if required. 

9. I frequently go swimming, will this affect my tan? 
Yes! Swimming in chlorine water will cause the tan to fade in colour, which will make the tan last a shorter time. It would be wise to invest in a tan extending moisturiser such as our Tan HQ Tan Extend $27.95

10. Can I leave my tan on longer than 2 hours? 

The best effect is achieved after 2 hours and showering. However your tan can be left on longer, but we recommend showering off before 4 hours unless advised by your spray tan technician.