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Tips to Prep for and Maintain the Best Spray Tan

Tips to Prep for and Maintain the Best Spray Tan
Schané Flowers
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Summer is here and you're feeling ready to slip into that new bathing suit and hit the beach...almost. You're looking for a brilliant bronze glow before you waltz out onto the sandy shoreline, but you want to make sure it lasts. No worries! Here are some of the best tips for prepping for the best spray tan and making it last.

How to prep for a spray tan

Whether you're choosing to go for a spray tan in the professional salon or in the comfort of your own bathroom there are things you can do to make sure the tanning spritz adheres to your skin well and sticks around for as long as possible.


For the best foundation to your spray tan, make sure you exfoliate all loose, dead skin cells. Doing this will allow the spray tan to absorb into fresh, clean skin, and will also help extend the life of your spray tan even longer.

Forget makeup and lotion

Just like dead skin cells, there are others things that can get in the way of a good tan, too. On the day you do your tan, don't wear or apply any makeup or lotion to your skin. Makeup and lotion won't allow the spray to absorb as well into your skin, so if you do decide to wear makeup, remove it before your tan for the most even application possible.

Avoid water for the day

This isn't to say we mean forget drinking enough water, of course not! Always keep yourself hydrated. On the day you tan, it's best to give yourself a few hours in between your spray tan and your date with the beach or swimming pool. Let your tan set before you go out and splash around in the water. This will help it last longer.

Can't wait? For a beautiful bronze under the sun try Institut Esthederm Bronze Repair Moderate Sun for a beautiful glow that protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. This tanning cream is specifically designed for the face, neck and décolleté and works to stimulate a warm tan while minimizing visible signs of aging and protecting against harmful sun exposure.

Wear loose and/or dark clothing

Like we said, before you do anything fun, you need to let your tan set. If you don't give the spray tan appropriate time to absorb and set into your skin you'll risk having it wash off or rub off on your clothing. Let's just say, spray tan is NOT an easy laundry feat. Give yourself enough time to dry off before you slip back into your normal clothing. In case you're not sure whether or not you're dry enough, it's best to wear loose or dark clothes so if anything does rub off, you won't notice.

Whether you're a novice or a veteran at spray tan always make sure you prep properly for the best, long-lasting tan! In the middle of a long, hot day, fake bake or no fake bake, everyone needs a little refresher. Spritz some of Jurlique's Rosewater Balancing Mist to restore hydration and freshness to your skin without having to jump in the pool!

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Schané Flowers
Content Writer
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A beauty enthusiast by heart and a plant lover, I'm always looking for the latest and greatest in skincare and beauty, especially clean and organic! I think everyone's entitled to high quality skincare at any budget, and I'm always on the lookout for what's new in the industry be it tips, tricks, or products!