Answers to the most burning questions, and some spray tanning tips.

People come up with most amazing questions about spray tanning, and there are many spray tanning tips for every situation.

After you have worked in a spray tanning salon for a while, you will see that there are few questions that repeat again and again. To those we give answers below, but if you have any other ones, please visit our "questions" page where I give some more spray tanning tips to more unusual queries.


If you have some Spray Tan related questions, be sure to visit my (appropriately named) Spray Tan Questions page.

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Q: Will spray tan protect me from getting a sunburn?

A: No! When going into the sun, you must wear sun protection.

The only way it will help to protect you is that you will not be tempted to sun bake since you will have your tan already.


Q: Is the spray tanning solution safe?

A: DHA has been tested, and approved by FDA, so I assume it is safe however, there can be anywhere up to 40 ingredients in spray tanning solution, many of them without ANY testing EVER, so those are the ones you have to watch. Here is

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Q: Is there anything that I can do to assure that I get the best spray tan?

A: Absolutely. One of the most important things that you must do is to thoroughly exfoliate before spray tanning. The shallower the dead skin layer on the surface of your skin, the more time it will take for this layer to build up before it starts rubbing off. That means the better the exfoliation, the more even your tan will be throughout it's life and the longer it will last. The best exfoliation by far is with the

Baiden Mitten. Of course it is just as vital to moisturize every day after spray tanning to keep your skin from drying out and exfoliating prematurely.

Q: How brown will I get?

A: Everybody’s skin develops its own individual colour. Some people go very brown, others get just a glow. For those people, with repeated sessions, the skin tends to get used to solution, and starts to develop more colour. (You only need a few sessions to achieve this).


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Q: How long will the tan last?

A: Depending on how well you prepare, and take care of your spray tan afterwards, about 5-10 days. If you tan regularly, your skin will get used to the spray, and will hold the colour longer. Then you might need a top up every 2 weeks or so.


Q: How soon after the spray tan can I shower?

A: Leave it on for at least 5 hours. If you spray tanned with a clear solution then you might choose to go to bed without showering, and wake up brown! If you spray tanned with a solution that contained a bronzer, better take that shower, or you will stain the sheets.


Q: My last spray tan was different than the previous one, even though it was done in the same spray tan salon.

A: Again, it comes down to your skin. Your skin is a living thing, and is affected by many things like: time of the month, season, food you eat, stress, medication you take etc. If your tan is different, even though solution used was the same, the most probable cause is the condition of your skin.


Q: What if I have a very fair skin that has never been able to tan?

A: Hey, this is exactly why the spray tanning process was designed in the first place, for people that could not tan by any other method! Most probably you will get a fantastic colour with spray tan! Of course, people that tan easily will tan too.


Q: Will I spray tan evenly if I have hair on my legs/arms?

A: Hair is not a problem. At the end of the tanning cycle you will notice droplets of solution on your hair, just towel this excess solution off with a towel provided.


Q: What if I have a bald spot?

A: Just skip the shower cap. It is provided only for the purpose of keeping your hair dry. The solution will not do anything to your hair, but it is a good idea to tan your bald spot as well.


Q: What if spray tanning solution will get into my eyes?

A: It’s best to keep your eyes closed during the misting process; because although DHA has been approved for external use it should not come in contact with mucous membranes. If you tan regularly it is especially important as there is no data showing what effect DHA has on a body with extended use.


Q: Does the solution have unpleasant smell like some self-tanners on the market?

A: Some do, but Magic Tan solution has a very pleasant smell (although a bit strong in the booth).

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Q: I had bad experience with a spray tan before. Should I assume that spray tanning is not for me?

A: No, there are many factors that could effect your tan; the skill of the technician (if tanned with hand held gun), the quality of solution, your skin condition at a time.

To find out more spray tanning tips before spray tan - click here. Also remember, that the spray tanning solution is a cosmetic, and so the particular one that you had used, might not be acceptable to your skin.

Try another solution, another technician, or better still a booth. Make sure that you choose the lightest tan possible, and good luck. The chances are high, that you will get a great tan this time, but if the same problem occurs, you might be one of those unfortunates that should not use spray tanning.(Bummer!)


Q: My spray tan is peeling on my chest!

A:Very rare occurrence, but we went through so much frustration, before we could give you a spray tanning tip on this problem, that I thought I might include it.

The answer, as we found it, is your perfumes, which were applied either before, or after the session. And it does not matter, if you had a shower and scrubbed before your spray tan. Some perfumes just permeate skin so deep, and cause this strange problem.


Q: I used spray tanning product recommended by a friend. She gets a great tan; I turn orange.

A:Your friend had a different skin. You might have to choose a different product that is suitable for your skin. Try using the products more sparingly, this often helps.

Almost everybody has a tube of self tanning product in their drawer that did not work for them. Swap those with your friends and experiment. Chances are that what’s bad for them might be just perfect for you. Just watch those "use by" dates. Those products have limited shelf life.

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Q: I had a spray tan in a booth, and when I came out, I had streaks on the back of my legs.

A : This problem occurs only if there is a bronzer in the solution. Next time, after you come out of the booth, immediately wipe the backs of your legs. If the streaks will not disappear, the shop assistant should gently wipe them off with wet wipes, and then lightly re apply tanning solution.


Q: Can I spray tan if I am pregnant?

A When I had the salon, I was told that spray tanning in pregnancy is safe. However, I found out some disturbing facts, which you should know about. Visit my page which deals with tanning in pregnancy to find out more.

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Q: Can I go swimming after spray tanning?

A: Wait at least 6 hours. Chlorinated water will bleach your tan really quickly, so I would not advise it. If you want to swim in the sea, make your swims short. The longer you soak yourself, the faster your tan will come off.


Q: Can I have sex after a spray tan?

A: Not straight away if you are planning to sweat. If you do sweat, your tan will run. It will be really bad if you had a tan with a bronzer. You will look like you are mud wrestling. You will also stain the sheets. If you had a spray tan with a clear solution, it is best to wait about 4 hours before you even consider jumping into bed. If solution had a bronzer in it, wait the allocated developing time, then have a shower. Now you can have fun.


If you have some Spray Tan related questions, be sure to visit my (appropriately named) Spray Tan Questions page.

If you follow the link above to my questions page, you will find answers to many questions that others already asked.

Even though after working in tanning industry for a while I might be considered some sort of an "expert", I certainly don't have all the answers.

If you have a spray tanning tip that works really well for you, share it with us!

You might give us a hand in reducing population of Oompa Loompas and other spray tanning disasters for which, I for one will be eternally grateful. More spray tanning tips.

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Should i moisturise before?  
No never moisturise before getting a pray tan because the tan will not stick to the skin, but 5 hours after you get the spray tan use moisturiser to get …

Regarding A Tip About "Magic Eraser" on Your Site  
I read somewhere on your site that Magic Eraser can be used to remove spray tan streaks. After reading this, I tried it on my legs, against my better …

Self Tanner 
Almost every self tanner on the market today has at least one of these ingredients: Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, and/or Mineral Oil. All these ingredients …

Sticky Feet 
Sticky feet are SOOOO important. I found this out the hard way and the soles of my feet went dark brown it was awful! Do not spray any client without …

sweating after you spray tan. 
I have a question, I am scheduled to spray tan at 3pm. but i have to gogo dance at 10pm, if i sweat will it come off after 7 hours. or should i schedule …

Prolonging tan if you shower frequently 
Shorter showers that are less hot than your typical shower and pat skin dry after to prolong longevity.

Spray Tanning after Sun Burn 
Question: Will i turn orange is i go get a spray tan while being a little sun burnt? Answer: I don't think you have to worry about turning orange …

Windex fixes streaks! 
I got this tip from someone who works at the tanning salon I go to and it works for me.. If you have streaks after getting a spray tan put a little windex …

How to stop fingernails from turning brown with spray tanning 
i have them arylic nails on. so qhat you have to so you your nails dont turn brown is cake the lotion on the cuticles of the nail and all the way down …

Bed tanning after spray tanning. 
Question: Will you get a tan from tanning beds even while having a spray tan? Answer: Yes, you can bed tan after spray tanning, just be careful …

Nails and spray tan 
I went for a spray tan after following all the tips and advice on plenty of sites , but after about a week or so i realised it makes you toe nails orange …

too much spray tan! 
If you are applying fake tan yourself make sure that you apply less tan to elbows, knuckles, knees, ankles and toes. if you apply the same amount of tan …

do i spray tan and then lay in tanning bed 
Question: do i spray tan and then lay in tanning bed and can I use lotion right after spray tan for tanning bed? Answer: You can do it, but anything …

Does spray tan cause Break outs 
Question: Can spray tanning cause pimples? If so which spray tan is the best to use that doesn't cause acne? Answer: Most spray tanning solutions …

can you get a spray tan to make your skin colorlighter? 
Question: i need to because i wont my color a lighter color Answer: Sounds like another Twilight fan? I am sorry to say that I have no information …

illusion of abs 
not sure if this is true but I think it worked for me... wipe your stomach down horizontally after you tan! You will have the illusion you have abs without …

spray tan tip :) 
Dont let ur child get a spray tan even if they are in beauty pageants because they are very very bad for you,there skin will break out and get very blotchy …

Shaving with baby oil before spray tanning. 
I shave with baby oil and when i got spray tan it turned out very nicely, but the second time i went i had shaved with shaving cream and it didnt cover …

Use the booties when spray tanning! 
Even when you use the barrier or blending cream on your feet, at least for me, 9/10 times it looks bad on my toes. So, use the booties provided or the …

How to avoid stained soles of feet during spray tanning. 
i was using sticky feet and this was proving expensive i have now changed to masking tape .and you possibly already use it bit it has saved me a fortune …

Soaps that are bad for your spray tan - by SALON OWNER 

For people who ask how to get the best results, here are a couple of tips.. The night before, day of, refrain from wearing perfume, deoderant, and makeup. …

Before spray tan - EXFOLIATE!!! 
exfoliating my skin before spray tanning ALWAYS helps my tan last longer and look better! Boshena's comment: It is absolutely crucial, otherwise …

The Disadvantages of spray tanning. 
Spray tanning is bad. Because, the cans are bad for the environment and it makes you look fake and plastic-y. Don't do it, if you want a NATURAL glow...Smile …

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making your spray tan look bettr longer 
I've found that when I exfoliate b4 spray tanning it makes u look aweful cuz it don't ever get all the spray off. Its almost impossoble.. so... I will …

allergic to spray tanning solution Not rated yet
If my skin is very sensitive..Are there strong ingredients in the solution or are they mild.. Answer: Different solutions have different ingredients …

Tan to tan Not rated yet
Can somebody get a spray tan, then go lay in the sun to get naturally tan? Or does the spray interfere? Answer: Yes, you can do it, but just remember …

glow &go Not rated yet
always make sure you or your client does not have deodarant/antiperperant on it will turn green when you spray them you can wipe off with pre-tan spray …

Tan came off after shower  Not rated yet
Question: Hi had a spray tan this morning I waited 7 hours before I had a shower, but by the time I dried off no tan was left!! Was was this?? Ive not …

BDOLL Not rated yet

Facial and spray tan Not rated yet
Question: Can you get a spray tan before or after having a facial done? Answer: Always before and give it a day or two for the skin to process the …

Spray tan after a spray tan Not rated yet
Hi, I just got a spray tan today and it looks horrible. My brother's wedding is this Saturday and I am a bridesmaid. Can I get a another spray tan …

Use moisturizer Not rated yet
I know everyone says don' t moisturize prior to a spray tan but I always moisturize my face because if u have any dry patches, even after exfoliation, …

home self tanning Not rated yet
here are a few tips for the perfect tan- - before you get a spray tan or do a home spray job! have a bath and add bio oil and a good moisturizing body …

No oils! Not rated yet
You shouldn't use any kind of oil or lotion, perfume or hair product that has oil in it that can get on the skin before spray tanning. The oil is what …

Don't be shy! Not rated yet
I had my first spray tan only one month ago, i love them!! Have had one every Friday since. I was initially too shy to strip off after having the kids, …

Uneven color. Not rated yet
I used a self spray tan and I've noticed, from my sports, I have a tan line. I didn't do anything to double up on the paler parts. I just did an even coat …

Exfoliate before you have your spray tan done! Major tip major must do! Not rated yet
Exfoliating your skin with a exfoliating sponge is a must do! Gets rid of all that dead skin and leaves a smooth silky skin ready for your spray tan ;-) …

Spray tan booties!  Not rated yet
I use the little booties they provided and I ended up with some funky lines! Next time I go I'm just going to step in them, not wear them. :) also, make …

worried about turning orange Not rated yet
Question: i have fairish skin i tan after i burn in the sun. im getting a spray tan for prom if i turn orange from it befor prom can i get it off some …

Have a warm shower Not rated yet
Don't take hot baths, having a warm shower and patting gently really helps tan last longer also moisturise loads afterwards. Boshena's comment: Yes, …

tanning and spray taning Not rated yet
Question: How many times do you lay in the tanning bed before you get a spray tan and then how many time after you get a spray tan do you lay Answer: …

Face Washing after spray tanning. Not rated yet
Question: What is a good way to wash your face without removing the spray tan so fast? Answer: If you don't wear make up then just splashing your …

Nails Not rated yet
Always cover acrylic nails! Absolutely, especially if you have French tips, spray tan can really make a mess of those!

Tanning after spray tanning Not rated yet
Is it ok to tan, in a tanning bed right after getting a spray tan? Yes, although a stand up booth would be better, because if you sweat you will get …

What happens if i get sunburn on my spraytan?. Not rated yet
Spray tan does not protect you from UV rays, so your skin will behave as it always does when it gets sunburned. It will peel. Try applying some pure aloe …

Need help!! Not rated yet
How do I know what spray tan color to get? My skin is almost like a pale color, i need a tan -_- Check out my page on skin types , that will help …

I Have Vitiligo? Not rated yet
I have some big spots on my Sides and on my privite!!Will a spray tan make it go away? Mike, I have a whole web page about spray tan an vitiligo. …

how to get spray tan off  Not rated yet
in a large bowl mix 3 scoops of oxi clean in warm water wash the spray tan off with a wash cloth it really works

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easy way to get off old spray tan Not rated yet
VEET (hair removal cream) put on arms and legs for 10 minutes (regardless of what the bottle says the extra few minutes removes the tan) use morning or …

mus stash around mouth Not rated yet
I am older and have that dark mus stash look around my mouth I found if you cover it with Vaseline it will keep it from getting darker. Good idea. …

When hands and feet turn orange. Not rated yet
You always cover your feet up before using any spray tan. Some people like their hands and feet tan, so they would rub vaseline on the palms od their hands, …

does sunscreen hurt spray tans? Not rated yet
No, your sunscreen acts just as if any lotion would. It moisturizes the skin, and will not take any of the tan off. Boshena's comment: Actually, SPF30+ …

Pre Tan Tip Not rated yet
I make sure to buff the pre-tan spray off my clients before a spray tan. It creates a good foundation for the skin but if it's wet, it tends to bead the …

Set your Tan Not rated yet
After spray tanning i always dust my body with a very small amount of talc powder all over with a large soft body/bonzer brush. It sets the tan perfectly …

What to wear after spray tan Not rated yet
i always wear a loose dress no bra or undies after a spray tan until i have a shower it always turns out good. Question: Yes, what is the point of …

Soak up the lotion BEFORE exfoliating before spray tan Not rated yet
The day before your tan make sure you moisten up your dry spots; elbows, wrists, knees, etc. Then just use an exfoliant to scrub it off! _Kayla

Is there a chance that I might get cancer from the Spray Tan? Not rated yet
Question: Is it harmful? Answer: Good question. I have a page about this topic and you can Click Here to read more about this subject.

Chest Peeling After Tanning Not rated yet
This isn't really a tip, but it is mentioned before that it is because of perfumes that it peels. This information may be correct, but it isn't the ONLY …

My hands are still really white!! Not rated yet
Question: After I spray tan.. my hands are still really white! how do i fix this problem? Answer: Use a small amount of self tanner and apply it …

sunless-spraytan Not rated yet
I have been in the business of Sunless-spraytans for 4 years, if your clients are apt not do the proper prep for the session, they will find that the …

Where can I get a spray tan that turns skin orange? Not rated yet
Question: I'm willing to know. Someone or a doctor or whatever please answer my question. And plus, I'm only eleven. Is it possible for kids to get spray …

dont stain the sheets after spray tan! Not rated yet
After a spray tan I sleep inside a single duvet cover to save the rest of the sheets on the bed Boshena's comment: That is a super idea! I have …

Pre-tan exfoliation Not rated yet
when exfoliating you might find your exfoliant doesn't do a great job. i've experimented, and find using a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and a water based …

shave before tanning! Not rated yet
always shave 24 hours before tanning as it will prevent dotting and prevent it going deep into the pores causing dotting

after tan? Not rated yet
Question: with the two hour tan my sister said your not supposed to wear tight clothing or makeup 8 hours after you have showered, is this true and with …

allways were a glove when aplaying fake tan i am 14 and i have been using it since i was 12 and i love it :) Not rated yet
u can use enen glove to aply your fake tan but not a wooly gluze LOL Boshena's comment: Yes, latex gloves are a must, otherwise you will have a tan …

Before Your Spray Tan Application Not rated yet
Before you get sprayed, shave & exfoliate at least 4 hours before your appointment. This allows your skin cells to lay down & absorb solution much better. …

Don't wash with bar soap before spray tanning! Not rated yet
Before you get a spray tan, wash with body wash or liquid soap. If you use bar soap, you are more likely to turn orange. I got this tip from a worker at …

Tips for spray tanning the face Not rated yet
I use 1 less coat of spray tan on the face because it gets alot of over spray anyways. I dont like the face as dark or darker than the body because when …

Does sweat affect spray tan? Not rated yet
Question: i play basketball and i want to get a spray tan before my dance coming up but the day i scheduled my appointment i have a game and im going …

what shoud you wear after getting a spray tan ?  Not rated yet
you should wear shorts of leggings, somthing loose anyway, and a vest top! Boshena's comment: If you can get by without any underwear that also should …

Getting the most from your spray tan Not rated yet
The best way to get the most out of your spray tan is EXFOLIATE first!!! Boshena's comment: That is so true, that is THE best way to ensure that …

Spray Tan Booths Not rated yet
I have researched spray tanning booths, before visiting one before the Fourth of July, bathing suit day! I have read many articles stating that there …

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Fixing spray tan streaks Not rated yet
I found that if your tan ends up streaky, often times, if done immediately "after tan spray" or "tan enhansing shimmering spray" can easily fix this. Just …

Preventing streaking in spray tan booth. Not rated yet
When i get out of the spray tan booth i get out as fast as i can and wipe my legs first and then arms to the rest of the body this helps with preventing …

If you have a hairy body (including stomach and back )how will the tan apply?? Not rated yet
tan with clothes off. Boshena's comment Duh, Georgia. I hope for your sake you are talking about your male partner, not yourself.... …

Avoid Giant Liver Spots on Your Inner Arms after spray tanning. Not rated yet
When your arms hang down at your sides, DO NOT let them touch your body if you could still be wet or tacky. You'll end up with long, giant liver spot-looking …

How to perfectly spray tan feet. Not rated yet
Ask your client to apply a light moisturiser all over feet, in between toes and ankles, give them the moisturiser and watch them doing it before you tan. …

Dont wear a bra or tight clothing after spray tanning. Not rated yet
I wore a bra and tight clothing and it gave me streaks. It doesnt matter were you go but just dont wear a bra or tight clothing, TRUST ME!!!!! …

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