Pre Tan Preparation:
• Shower and lightly exfoliate 24 to 6 hours before tanning. Do not injure the skin with rough exfoliation.
• Remove body hair 24 to 8 hours before your tanning session
• Skin should be clean and dry before being sprayed. Don’t apply moisturizers, deodorants, antiperspirant, oils or makeup before your tanning appointment. They can effect tan development.
• On rainy days use an umbrella.
• Remove jewelry before being sprayed.
• Wear dark and loose clothing to appointment. Wear loose shoes. Bring a dark snug
swimsuit or under garment to create “tan lines” [Wool, lycra, nylon, spandex, silk might stain so be sure it is something you don’t mind ruining.]
• Style hair off of the face and neck. Use clips, rubber band, scrunchy, etc..
• Do not swim, sweat, bath or exercise for at least 8 hours – plan accordingly.
• Protect your vehicle interior. Use a towel to cover leather or light colored seats.
After Tan Care:
• Wear dark loose fitting clothing for 8 hours, while tan is developing.
• Don’t exercise, sweat, swim or bath for at least 8 hours.
• After 8 hours, shower normally, and do not use exfoliates or abrasives.
• Wash with a mild shower gel, preferably moisturizing, a mesh shower poof or just hands works fine.
• Some cosmetic color will wash off in the shower. That is normal. Your tan is underneath.
• Pat dry with a towel, don’t rub dry.
• Apply a moisturizer immediately after showering on damp skin; Use approved moisturizers.
• Apply a moisturizer twice a day. You can apply extender once a week. Be sure to scrub palms after applying tan extender.
• Avoid manually exfoliating skin. Also some products can cause faster fading. These include bar soaps, Alcohol based products such as toners and astringents, acne cleansers or products that cause exfoliation such as AHAs, BHAs, Retin-A etc. See Questionable Products
Post Tan Maintenance:
*Wait at least 8 hours before you shower after your spray tan application. *Don’t worry if you see color washing off from your first shower – this is normal. What you see washing off is a cosmetic tint in the spray tan solution.
*Do not moisturize until after your first shower
*Do not swim after your spray tan session. Immediate contact with water, chlorine and salt water could affect the immediate reaction of the sunless solution. Also, keep in mind that chlorine and salt water may dry out your skin and cause your tan to fade faster.
*Wait at least 6 hours before you exercise.
*Do not exfoliate for 7 days or 24-48 hours before your next spray tan appointment. Ehen you do exfoliate, remember to do so gently and evenly to preserve an even sunless tan.
*Avoid long hot baths and showers as these speed up exfoliation
*Moisturize your skin every time you bathe to maintain color. Preferably with a recommended lotion containing a tan extender.
*Pat your skin dry after a bath or shower. Rubbing your skin may rub off your tan.
*Remember to wear extra protection in the sun. Although you look like you have a tan, remember to apply an SPF sunscreen when outdoors to keep your skin from burning.
And finally……Show off your tan….You look great!!!
These products may or may not affect everyone equally. However, this is just a
guideline of things to consider when a sunless tan goes bad.
Light Tan, Quick Fade or Blotchy:
• Anti-acne products that exfoliate, or dry the skin- Accutane, and Salicylic acids can
cause issues. Skin also peels, which can look unacceptable, especially with a tan.
Antibiotics and other medications that affect your skin, can also affect your tan.
• Anti-aging products
• Toners containing Alcohols or Witch Hazel in higher amounts. Look at where they
are in the ingredient list. If they are in the top three then you can have problems.
• Band-Aid or adhesive tape applied to skin will pull the “tan” off
• Bar soaps, especially deodorant, or antibacterial varieties
• BHA Products [Beta Hydroxy Acids-salicylic acid]
• Body hair bleach products
• AHA products [Alpha Hydroxy Acids -glycolic, lactic, Malic, citric and Tartaric acids]
• Bug spray, perfumes, body sprays when sprayed directly onto skin, can remove or
fade the tan. As an alternative, spray clothing, or spray a “cloud” of spray that
you can walk through, instead of directly onto skin.
• a women’s tan may develop differently during various hormonal changes
[ovulation, menstruation, pregnancy] It may be streaky, patchy, fade worse, or
produce lighter or no color.
• Curel Lotion can affect a sunless tan
• Dove soap, and Dove Shower gel will fade a tan faster, on some people.
• Facial masks and exfoliating scrubs
• Hair Inhibiting Lotions [Jargons etc.] tend to make a sunless tan yellow.
• If you exercise and sweat heavily your tan can fade faster, especially in body fold
areas. (arm bends, knee bends, between breasts etc.)
• In winter skin is often very dry, and tan will fade faster. Switch to twice daily
moisturizer use. Use a Fantasy Tan daily hydrating moisturizer after showering on
damp skin and a heavier body cream, or shea butter, just before bed. Shea butter
can also be used twice daily. Regular exfoliation can be helpful.
• Wax or Depilatory hair removal products [Nair, Veet, Neet etc]
• Bore type adhesive facial strips, or “peel-off” masks
• People with oily skin tend to develop a lighter tan then people with dry skin. The
oils can coat the skin, dry skin absorbs more products faster, so can look darker.
• Retin-A type products [Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, Tretinoin]- all will cause faster
• Shaving exfoliates skin and can fade a tan. Use a sharp clean razor, with a
lubricating product. A dull razor scrapes off more skin and “tan” Hair conditioner
works nicely and usually won’t “damage tan”. Wash off the conditioner when
• Makeup remover cleaning products, or oils used to clean away eye makeup
• Hot tubs or swimming pools contain chlorine that can act to bleach the skin. [Thick
waterproof sunscreen lotions like Bullfrog can help protect the skin.] Long hot
baths can soften the skin and affect the “tan” on some people.
• Sweating feet inside shoes or behind knees and arm bends can fade a tan faster, or make the color guide look greenish or yellowish. Powder areas with Goldbond or desert dust.
• Bathing or showering with a loofah, scrub brush, exfoliating gloves or any other
rough body cleansing item. Use a soft wash cloth or puffy sponge and clean skin
gently. Friction is a sunless tan killer.