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questions from a spray tan virgin!

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pfft123 Thu 02-Jun-16 16:06:20

I'm getting my first ever spray tan before a holiday and have some questions! Grateful for Mumsnet S&B wisdom.

My understanding is I need to exfoliate and moisturise in the days leading up to it but not on the day.

The spray is at midday. Should I shower after late before bed or wait until the morning?

Am I going to wreck my white bed sheets?!

I'll shave my legs the day before. Am I ok to shave after?

I'm a saggy 38JJ and very fat. Are they going to be OK doing me?! I plan on wearing massive pants. Will they charge me double?! 😐

Do I exfoliate afterwards?

Can I use after sun with self tan in to keep the tan topped up? I don't tan and want to keep the colour for as long as poss

Thank you! Appreciate any other tips too 😊

Gaelforce Thu 02-Jun-16 16:19:06

I read this's a start and I'm sure others will come along to add..
It will be fine. I had a spray tan recently and it wasn't as horrific an ordeal as I thought it would be.


1. Do your nails
Wear nail polish. Even if it’s just a clear coat or even with petroleum jelly, wearing polish will help to protect your nails from the spray tan.

2.Shave or wax first
Make sure to wax or shave preferably 12-24 hours before your appointment.
By doing this you will avoid any discomfort from the new skin cells being exposed to chemicals and also avoid the speckled brown dot effect from spraying tan on open pores.

Shower and exfoliate your skin the night before your appointment. Exfoliating the skin with a brush, sponge or exfoliating glove will loosen dead skin cells so that the spray tan will adhere to new cells and last longer and make your tan more even.
Use a water-based shower gel avoiding any with an oily residue as this might interact with the tanning agent.
The spray tan should be done with freshly exfoliated, clean, and unlotioned skin.


.Do not wear perfume, makeup, deodorant or moisturiserAll should be avoided on the day of your tan.They may interact with the spray solution in unexpected ways, causing the skin’s tone to turn orange or, in the cases of some deodorants, bright green.

5.Barrier cream
Apply Barrier cream to areas that absorb too much colour -elbows, knees, hands and feet. You can also use some on your eyebrows and nails.

6.Wear contact lenses or don’t forget to remove your glasses
It will help to stop getting little spots on the side of your nose and temples when you put your glasses back on.

7.Leave Your Jewellery and Makeup at Home
Rings, watches, earrings etc, may get ruined by the spray solution, as it does stain. Not only that, but any part of your skin that is covered by a piece of jewellery will leave a white patch, making your tan look fake or unfinished.

8.While the therapist waits for you outside the room, get undressed
Disposable pants or a thong, a hair net and sticky feet are provided. Don’t forget to peel the white section from the sticky feet. It’s your choice if you want to go topless or wear a bikini but check first with the therapist if nude tanning is ok. Don’t forget to wear your hair up in a ponytail or just away from your face and neck.

9.Wear loose, dark clothing after the spray tan. And bring a rain coat/umbrella
No! Gym capris and yoga pants are too tight! They will rub against the tan and may make it streaky. Stay away from water. The rain will make the tan patchy.

10.No working out after your tan
Skip the gym and avoid doing anything that will make you sweat while the tan is setting.

11. Be careful when filling the kettle as you make a coffee afterwards- make sure it doesn’t splash all over your arms leaving water dots, soak your t-shirt and seep onto your tan. Yeah, it does happen.

12.You can shower after 6-8hours and don’t forget to use a moisturiser regularly over your whole body while the tan is fading. It will help your tan last longer and fade more evenly.

Kazplus2 Thu 02-Jun-16 17:42:11

Looking for a nice midi length dress for holidays. Thinking evening, smart but casual in a light material as I'll be in Spain in peak season. Up to £50 budget. Any recommendations?

Cakedoesntjudge Thu 02-Jun-16 17:48:13

kazplus I think you've put this in the wrong place instead of starting a new thread! No idea where to suggest though, I am not good with dresses blush

Just to add to gaelforce's post OP - there is every possibility it may stain your sheets - I use old sheets and wear a onesie to try and minimise transfer!

Also regarding topping up with fake tan - chat to the tanning person about it as she'll be able to answer whether specific brands are ok but usually yes that's fine.

And whoever does it should tell you this but in case they don't, to prolong the tan pat yourself dry after showers instead of running your skin.

Have fun smile

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