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Spray Tanning Need To Knows from Fit N Tan

At Fit N Tan Salon and Spa, we get asked these questions all the time! Know before you go!

The Night Before Your Tan

  • Please shave or wax your legs the night before your tan

  • Exfoliate THOROUGHLY as well. This will remove dead skin and provide a new, smooth surface for your tan. Exfoliating helps to promote even coverage and lengthens the duration of the tan.

  • DO NOT USE DOVE PRODUCTS! Dove soap and Dove lotions leave a film on your skin that directly leads to a blotchy tan.

The Day Of Your Tan

  • Remove make-up, moisturizer, perfume and deodorant before your application.

  • It is recommended that you wear dark, loose fitting clothing. Solution washes out of most clothing very easily but tends to stain nylon and Lycra materials; therefore, dark colored underwear is recommended.

  • Your PH in your skin can effect your sunless tan results. It can cause blotchiness or the color not to develop as dark as normally. We offer prep additives that can counteract this issue. Make sure to discuss this with your Spa Consultant

  • Oily skin types usually develop lighter and definitely benefit from using our prep additives that will help prepare the skin to take the DHA better and more evenly. Make sure to discuss this with your Spa Consultant.


  • Let your tan set for at least 10-12 hours (overnight if possible) before showering or taking a bath. This allows your tan to develop. (Using the prep additives will increase how quickly your tan will develop and increase shower time.)

  • Avoid wearing socks or shoes after your tanning session in order to allow the tan to develop properly on your feet.

  • Avoid applying moisturizers or deodorants.

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing for at least 5 hours. This includes tighter-fitting jeans, bras, spandex, tight blouses and shoes/socks.

  • All swimming, showering and vigorous exercise must be avoided for at least 10-12 hours as sweating can inhibit the development of your tan, unless you've added the prep additives.

  • Do not shave for 12 hours after your treatment.

  • Beware wearing long boots after tanning as these can make your tan patchy on your legs.


When you take a shower or a bath you will probably see some color wash off. Don’t worry. This is quite normal as it is only the color guide that the Spa Consultant uses when the tan is applied. You will be left with a gorgeous tan.


Dove soap and Dove products

Hair thinning lotion or removing lotion

Anti-aging products or AHA’s

Beta Hydroxy Acids-salicylic acid

Retin-A type products (Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, Tretinoin)

Anti-acne products (Accutane, salicylic acid)

Facial masks and scrubs

Depilatory products

Wax depilatories

Hot tubs, chlorine and salt water

Bleach products for body hair

Bug sprays – try to spray your clothes instead of you. If you must have it on you, spray a “cloud” to go through.

Maintaining The Tan

It is recommended you follow these general guidelines to maintain your tan:

  • Moisturize regularly. Using a professional Sunless Extender is the best to increase the life of your tan.

  • Do not use over the counter moisturizers or moisturizers containing mineral or baby oil.

  • Avoid long hot baths and showers as these speed up exfoliation.

  • Pat your skin dry after a bath or shower. Rubbing your skin may rub off your tan.

  • Avoid swimming pools and salt water, as these can reduce your tan.

  • Try to always have a fresh new razor for shaving.

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