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Tanning Instructions

Prep & Care

24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR TAN

  • Shower- Make sure to toughly exfoliate your skin and shave. Freshly shaven and exfoliated skin will yield the best result and increase the life of your spray tan. Taking a warm shower right before your appointment will cause open pores and uneven absorption of spray an solution.

  • Shaving- Use a plain razor with no moisture strip and shave skin areas that you normally shave. It is recommended to shave before your appointment because it removes a layer of skin and it is not advised to shave once you have the spray tan done. Do not use shaving creams that contain alcohol as these are very drying for your skin. 

  • Exfoliating- Exfoliate your skin evenly and thoroughly. Pay close attention to any "dry" areas of skin such as the knees and elbows. Do not use any exfoliating products that contain oil, this can leave a barrier on your skin for a few days and will affect the application of your spray tan.

LAST MINUTE APPOINTMENT?

  • Shower- Make sure to toughly exfoliate your skin and shave. Freshly shaven and exfoliated skin will yield the best result and increase the life of your spray tan. Taking a warm shower right before your appointment will cause open pores and uneven absorption of spray an solution.

  • Shaving- Use a plain razor with no moisture strip and shave skin areas that you normally shave. It is recommended to shave before your appointment because it removes a layer of skin and it is not advised to shave once you have the spray tan done. Do not use shaving creams that contain alcohol as these are very drying for your skin. 

  • Exfoliating- Exfoliate your skin evenly and thoroughly. Pay close attention to any "dry" areas of skin such as the knees and elbows. Do not use any exfoliating products that contain oil, this can leave a barrier on your skin for a few days and will affect the application of your spray tan.

DURING YOUR TAN

 

​Your skin must be "bare" and fresh. It is extremely important that no skin barriers of any kind are present. Skin barriers include: perfume, lotion, deodorant, and makeup. These items MUST be removed from you skin prior to spray tan.

  • **If you prep your skin 24 hours before as recommended, you may wear deodorant and makeup afterwards as long as it can be removed before the tan. PLEASE avoid wearing any lotion or perfume after your skin has been prepped. These items are harder to get off before the tan without another shower and exfoliation**

AFTER YOUR TAN

LETTING THE MAGIC HAPPEN

 

  • Drying- After every tan, we will fully dry your spray tan as well as apply a complimentary drying powder to keep your skin dry and reduce the risk of tan bronzer transferring on to other things. You are welcome to hang around your house naked all day, however it is not required

  • Clothing- Wear clothing that is dark in color, preferably black and loose fitting to avoid excess contact and staining to your clothing. Avoid: bras, jeans, tight fitting sports attire, joggers (with tight ankles), spaghetti strap tops that rub your shoulders, or leggings with a tight waist band.

  • Misc- If you wear a shirt with an open back it is suggested that your hair remains up and off of the exposed spray tan. Cosmetic bronzer can also transfer to light colored hair and temporarily stain it. 

WHILE YOUR TAN IS SETTING

 

  • Activity- Avoid any activity that would cause sweating such as exercise, cleaning, washing dishes, or active work. 

  • Contact- Avoid contact with your own skin while the tan is setting. Placing your hand on your developing tan or others touching your skin (such as partners, children, or babies) will cause a transfer of tanning bronzer to their skin. Contact us for removal tips if this occurs.

  • Water- It is crucial that during this time you do not expose your tan to moisture or water. The tan is consistent with a "stain" on your skin and once it is rinsed off, development of color with cease. Washing your hands is possible however we recommend using a wet wash cloth rather than running water. Potential water splashing onto the hands, wrists, and arms will damage the tan development. 

STANDARD TAN

8-10 HOUR RINSE TIME

 

  • Overnight Development-We recommend wearing clothing with long sleeves and long pants. This will assist as a barrier to any contact with other areas of your own skin as well as the skin of others. There are risk if you do sleep in short sleeves and shorts, resting your head on your arm or your hand on your body will cause unevenly tanned surfaces. 

  • Showering- Shower within the allotted time frame we discussed during your appointment. If left on for an extended period of time the tan can over develop and produce an undesired color result. During this shower, you must RINSE ONLY. Do not use any products or soaps (this includes washing your hair). You may take a regular shower using BBTanning suggested products 24 hours after your spray tan appointment time. 

  • During your shower there will be a lot of tan runoff. This is the cosmetic bronzer that sits on top of your skin and is not your actual tan.

  • *If you notice there are "drip lines" or patchy uneven areas, rub your skin lightly with a wash cloth or your hand while in the shower. Occasionally the cosmetic bronzer adheres to the skin more thoroughly than in other areas and needs to be rubbed off gently. 

EXPRESS TAN

1-4 HOUR RINSE TIME

  • Showering- Shower within the allotted time frame we discussed during your appointment. If left on for an extended period of time the tan can over develop and produce an undesired color result. During this shower, you must RINSE ONLY. Do not use any products or soaps (this includes washing your hair).

  • Development- after your shower rinse, your express tan will product a light color. The extended development formula of this solution is what allows it to be an "express" and therefore will continue to develop after your first risne. Please allow 12 hours for your color to fully develop. You may take a regular shower using BBTanning suggested products 24 hours after your spray tan appointment time.

  • During your shower there will be a lot of tan runoff. This is the cosmetic bronzer that sits on top of your skin and is not your actual tan.

  • *If you notice there are "drip lines" or patchy uneven areas, rub your skin lightly with a wash cloth or your hand while in the shower. Occasionally the cosmetic bronzer adheres to the skin more thoroughly than in other areas and needs to be rubbed off gently. 

TAKING CARE OF YOUR SPRAY TAN

  • Moisturize- For a longer lasting tan moisturize with lotion daily. Avoid lotions that are full of chemicals or heavily scented such as Bath & Body Works or Victoria Secret. 

  • Showering- You should avoid exfoliating your skin at all costs. The spray tan is merely a stain of the surface layer of your skin, exfoliating and removing that layer will cause fading and removal of your spray tan. Choose only to use pH balanced soaps without heavy deodorants or alcohol

APPROVED PRODUCTS

ASK US ABOUT OUR SPRAY TAN SAFE PRODUCTS FOR SALE!

Lotions

  • Kiss My Face Sensitive Skin Natural Moisturizer

  • JASON Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion 

  • Dr. Bronner’s & All-One Organic Lotion for Hands & Body

  • Burt’s Bees Fragrance Free Shea Butter and Vitamin E Body Lotion 

  • Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion

  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Lotion

  • Nourish Organic Body Lotion

  • The Honest Company Face & Body Lotion

  • Tom’s of Maine Body Lotions

  • My favorite lotions are PURE coconut oil, pure Shea butter and all Hempz lotions 

Soaps

  • Eucerin PH5 Cleaning Bar

  • Original Johnson & Johnson Baby Bar Soap

  • Cetaphil Cleaning Bar for dry, sensitive skin

  • Burt's Bees Buttermilk soap 

PRODUCTS TO AVOID

Dove: Dove is the absolute worst soap, and lotion, you can use for your spray tan! 
Irish Spring: Will dry out your skin and contains mineral oil
Oil of Olay: Known to cause serious skin irritation
Aveeno: Contains mineral oil and alcohol 

Lubriderm: Contains mineral oil

Mineral oil is a common ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and cosmetics.
Paraffins, a derivable from petroleum (mineral oil), are obtained from residues of the mineral oil production. They are cheap to create and are a substance found in many body lotions and moisturizer creams. Paraffin can be easily identified on the list of ingredients as:
Paraffinum Liquidum
Petrolatum
Ceresine
Paraffin Wax
Paraffin Oil or
Mineral Oil


Also avoid lotions with a high alcohol content such a CeraVe. NO BABY OIL EVER.
Do not use acne products, or acne spot treatments, as they will cause unsightly white spots.
Scented Lotions - i.e Victoria Secret and Bath and Body Works are to be avoided.

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