A spray tan is 90% of your selfie, so it’s important to get it right! But before you spray some faux sunshine onto your skin, you’ll need to prep for the best spray tan of your life. Without properly prepping your skin, you’re missing out on achieving optimal spray tan results. 

Because you asked, we’ve got answers! 

What’s the first thing I should do before a spray tan?

It’s best to exfoliate your skin during the days leading up to your spray tan in order to take off any dead skin cells. Exfoliating is key to achieving long-lasting color, but don’t do it the day of! Smooth, exfoliated skin will allow the spray solution to adhere to the skin better for a more even glow. 

When should I shave?

Be sure to shave at least 24 hours before your spray tan. If you’ve forgotten, the soonest you should shave before your tan is four hours. 

Will wearing makeup affect my spray tan results?

Makeup can act as a barrier to the spray solution, making it harder for the color to stick. We recommend taking off all face makeup prior to your spray tan session. 

What should I wear for my spray tan?

Not sure what to wear for your spray tan? It’s always best to wear dark, loose-fitting clothing. In order to protect your newly bronzed color, avoid wearing tight clothes to prevent the spray solution from rubbing off or leaving unwanted marks.

When should I spray tan?

After your initial spray session, the solution will continue to get darker over the next 8 hours. We highly recommend coming in for your spray tan in the evening and sleeping with the solution on. Who wouldn’t want to wake up with a beautiful, bronzed glow?! For special occasions, we recommend getting your spray tan 1-2 days prior. 

At iTAN, we offer the Mystic Kyss and VersaSpa Pro. The Mystic Kyss is a heated spray booth equipped with magnetic MagneTan technology to ensure even absorption of color by drawing the solution to your body. It’s the perfect way to bring out your natural glow! 

The VersaSpa booth is a great option if you want a rich, bronze color. It features an open design and heated application of skincare-infused solution to give you the bronze glow you desire. The VersaSpa booth is quick-drying and ensures an even application for natural-looking results. 

How long does it take to spray tan?

With iTAN’s Auto-Spray booths, you’ll be in and out of the salon in 10 minutes or less. Yes, it’s that quick and easy! A spray tan is the perfect solution for those on the go or for last–minute events.

What if I’m worried it won’t look natural?

You are not alone if you are worried about your spray tan not looking natural. However, there is no need to fear! At iTAN you have the ability to choose from several base colors, depending how dark you wish to go, and can also add bronzers with different undertones! Our super-knowledgeable Salon Consultants can help you choose the right combination to achieve your desired results! 

When can I shower after a spray tan?

Spray tan solution typically takes 8 hours to fully develop, so if you want the darkest results possible, wait 8 hours before showering, or sleep in the solution overnight! The solution will not keep developing beyond 8 hours, so no need to worry about getting too dark if you sleep with it on. You can also add an accelerator to your spray tan, which cuts the development time in half to only 4 hours! Once you do shower, be sure to take precautions to preserve your tan. Patting your skin gently dry will give your tan the soft care it needs to stay golden longer. 

How do I maintain my color?

The more hydrated your skin is, the longer the color will last! To keep skin hydrated, we love using the Hemp Nation Aftercare Lotions (available at iTAN). It combines a nourishing blend of hemp seed oil, shea butter and jojoba esters for lusciously hydrated skin. Choose from incredible scents like Sea Salt & Sandalwood or Agave & Lime!

Try a spray tan at your nearest iTAN salon – you won’t regret it!