Tanning Tips

10 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Getting a Spray Tan

  1. Spray tans last about a week, give or take. This can vary from person to person, but they typically last about 5-7 days from one application.
  2. Shower and exfoliate before you tan. Use a body scrub head to toe to slough away any dry, flaky skin before you get a spray tan so that the pigment will adhere smoothly for the most even results.
  3. The color won’t just wash off The pigment that spray tans leave behind is meant to slowly fade as your top layer of skin regenerates, so it’s not the kind of thing you can just scrub off. That’s why it’s able to last up to a week—and why you should approach with caution to make sure you won’t be stuck looking unnaturally tan for a full seven days.
  4. Apply lotion every day. Keeping your newly tanned skin hydrated is the best way to make the color last longer, because it won’t dry out and need to be exfoliated prematurely.
  1. It’ll get darker after application. Similarly to standard self-tanner, spray tans will get darker from the time they’re applied and as the day progresses. The color takes a little while to fully develop, so don’t be alarmed if you leave feeling like it’s too light—it won’t be for long.
  2. Pat, don’t rub, your skin dry. To preserve your tan, pat yourself dry rather than scour with a towel after getting out of the shower. The idea is to not exfoliate for as long as possible so that you don’t slough off the tan. Avoid using loofahs or coarse washcloths for the same reason.
  3. Wear nail polish. Even if it’s nothing more than a clear coat, wearing polish into the booth will help to protect your nails from the spray tan. If you do have a full manicure, don’t worry about it getting ruined—your nails will be wiped off afterwards.
  1. Think about your bathing suit. While many people decide to get a spray tan while wearing nothing (no tan lines!), if you do wear a bathing suit, wear an old one you don’t mind ruining, since the tan can stain the fabric.
  2. Apply barrier cream. Naturally drier areas of the skin, like the elbows, ankles, and knees, will absorb more pigment, so always apply a protective barrier cream before the tan so that they don’t go too dark. Most spray tan salons will provide the cream for use, so make sure you don’t skip it.
  3. Purchase a Tan Box loyalty card for discount deals. The Tan Box offers discount deals for loyal clients. If you’re apprehensive about the process but still want to give it a shot, contact The Tan Box for your first time.