Spray Tan Commandments

I started getting spray tans around the age of 7 for pageants. As I have gotten older, I get one every week or so just because I love the way I look and feel being tan. It boosts my confidence, gives me a slimmer appearance, and the color is good for my skin tone. 

At First Avenue Company, we have an in-house spray tanning specialist! Brittany with Peach Perfect Wax Studio offers spray tans, waxing, lipocavitation, and more. She is available for special events and everyday use during normal business hours.

Booking link: https://peach-perfect-wax-studio.square.site

Since we have started offering spray tans, I wanted to let all of our lovely ladies in on some tips and tricks we use to get the perfect tan - before, during, and after!

Before getting tanned: 

  • Exfoliate! It is recommended to do this 12-24 hours prior to your appointment. This will help your dead skin come off, which helps your tan lay more flat and even. 

  • Shaving or waxing - it is best to do this 24 hours before your appointment. If you shave or wax the same day, there is a chance of discoloration as it can remove even more dead skin. 

At your tanning appointment:

  • Come natural! You can use Brittany's makeup remover wipes if needed. However, it is best practice to come with NO deodorant, makeup, moisturizers, or anything else on your body - as it can block the tan from adhering to your skin. 

  • Wear loose fitting clothing! Tight clothing and undergarments can rub the tan off or make the tan uneven in places. Grab a baggy pair of shorts and a big t-shirt or a sundress. 

  • Get naked! If you would like an even and all over tan, feel free to show the ta-ta's and your meow meow! We are all ladies and have them, too. I promise - no judgement over this way. If you are not comfortable with that, we recommend a strapless bra and thong underwear. Be sure that whatever you decide to wear - if you are not going to get naked - that you are ok with where the lines lay from the clothing. 

After your tanning appointment: 

  • Touching can cause smudging - there is a chance that if you touch your face or other areas of your body during down time or sleep that your tan may have spots when you wake up. Don't worry - a simple shower can fix it.

  • Palms of your hand - try your best to not touch yourself with the palm of your hand - as it can transfer and have discoloration effects. 

  • Sweating - try to rest after a tan, as exercise or activity can make the tan sweat off. Trust me on this - it is not pretty. I cleaned my car out one day after getting a tan and it looked like I cried brown tears all over myself. 

  • Shaving or waxing - this can take your tan off. It is best to wait a few days before doing either. 

  • Going to sleep with your tan - sometimes your tan can transfer to your bed sheets, child, or significant other. You can solve this by wearing clothes, placing a towel or different bedsheet down, or simply wipe it off (or wash it). 


  • WAIT! Try to wait least 4-8 hours before showering. The longer you wait, the better the spray tan will set and develop. I usually sleep in mine overnight and shower the next morning.

  • Washcloths - These are pretty much an exfoliant. Be sure to lightly wash yourself or avoid using the cloth for the first shower. You can definitely use soap and water on your private areas and underarms, but it is not recommended on any other area. 

  • Soap - Use something for sensitive skin or a foam. Stay away from products like Dove or Bath & Body. 

  • Pat dry - when drying off, be sure to pat yourself and do not rub - especially not hard, as your tan can come off. 
  • Moisturize!!! The more hydrated your skin, the longer your tan will last. Try to avoid lotions with perfumes or added fragrance, Bath & Body products, and items with mineral oil or sulfates. These will take your tan off in a heartbeat! Jergens is a good starter lotion. 

  • Water temperature - the hotter the water and the longer the shower, the less your tan will stick and stay. Try to take a quick shower with cooler water. 

  • Baths or hot tubs - these can take your tan off. Use the water temperature to gauge how long you should sit. 

Remember - moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! If your skin feels dry, it IS dry. This can cause "snake skin" with tanning. 

Exfoliating after getting a tan 

  • If you are ready to take your tan off, it is best to sit in a hot tub of water with Epsom salt for about 15-30 minutes. Use a scrub brush, mitt, or wash cloth to evenly take off your tanning solution. This can require several applications of exfoliant. Be patient. 


A spray tan can last up to 2 weeks with proper care. Using these instructions can help boost the life and longevity of your tan. 

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to Mandee or Brittany. 


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