Spray Tanning Tips

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Spray Tanning is increasing in popularity as the formulas used by Tanning companies like St Tropez offer a golden natural looking all over body tan with no streaking.  Just a nice golden tan!  No tango here!

Here are my guidelines for a fantastic Spray Tan using St Tropez. 

Pre Tan Preparation:

Shower, exfoliate, and remove body hair 8 to 24 hours before your tanning session.

Skin should be clean and dry before being sprayed.

Don’t apply moisturisers, deodorants, antiperspirants, oils or makeup before your tanning appointment as they can effect tan development.

Wear loose, easily cleaned clothing to appointment.  Wear loose shoes.

Style hair in a hairclip or pony tail so it will be off of face, and neck.

Remove all contact lens and jewellery before your tan.

Remember to optimise your tan you need to avoid water for 6 to 8 hours.   Ideally you should not  swim, sweat, bath or exercise.  The longer you can leave your tan to develop the better so if it is possible to sleep overnight with your tan then shower the next morning then that is ideal.

If it is raining, bring an umbrella, and protective shoes and gloves!


After Tan Care:

Wear  loose fitting clothing for 6 to 8 hours, while tan develops and avoid exercise and steam and water.

After 6 to 8 hours, shower normally, avoid exfoliates and abrasives.

Wash with a mild shower gel, preferably moisturising, Use a soft  shower sponge.

A little colour will wash away when you first shower and this is normal; this is excess solution, and colour guide tint.   Remember to pat skin dry gently and no rubbing.

Avoid exfoliating skin. Some products can cause faster fading so try and use as natural products as possible.  Try and use a gentle shower wash.  I recommend Biona Pure Virgin Coconut Oil as it is unrefined and unbleached and an excellent body butter which you can apply whilst skin is damp to lock in moisture.  I buy mine from   www.trinitywholefoods.co.uk   3 Trinity Street, Hastings, TN341HG.  They also have an excellent range of Weleda bathing products and body oils.

Basically if your skin stays as nourished as possible whilst you have your spray tan you should have 5 to 6 days of a gorgeous tan.


For those who have not tried a spray tan, then you can opt for a light mist all over.  It is possible to adapt the tan to suit your needs so a full consultation will be done prior to your spray tan to ensure you get the exact depth of colour your are after!


Enjoy your tan!