5 Easy Ways to Prep for a Spray Tan

As an esthetician I know the dangers of sunbathing and tanning in the tanning bed. And while I DO it on the occasion; bc who doesn’t love laying around by the pool or on a beach, I prefer a spray tan.  There are a couple different ways you can get this much safer alternative! At home, a spray tan booth or a professional who will give you a custom tan. I love the at home and the professional.

When it comes to the booth, I am forever scared after watching that one friends episode. Poor Ross.

My favorite at home spray tans: 

Fake Bake – I love both the five minute tan (a very easy to use mousse) and the flawless darker, which is a spray that you apply to a mitt and then your body. I use this often because I can get it from state beauty supply since I have my professional license. But you can always get it at Ulta too. Find it here

St. Tropez – Another mousse style spray tan. Easy to apply and see where you have it. Work fast. I felt like it was already curing while I was applying. Smells amazing, but does not last as long as the Fake Bake. Pick your battles type of thing I assume. Easy to get at your local Sephora. Find it here

My Favorite Spray Tan Lady: 

If you are in the Sedalia, MO area, check out Glow on the Go Spray Tanning 

She is amazing. It’s a mobile spray tan company, she will come to you. How convenient is THAT?! She uses a product that is used on Dancing with the Stars and it smells heavenly. Not like normal spray tan! You can go in your swimsuit or birthday suit. I know that’s a hard idea to grasp. But trust me, whatever you have got going on, #carladontcare and nobody likes tan lines. But, if that’s just not you, it’s totally cool to go in with swimsuit on!

OK back to the point. *** Squirrel!

Here are five easy tips on how to make the best out of your spray tan whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it! 

  1. Apply your favorite body scrub, day of. Be sure to have exfoliated skin for the tan to adhere to.
  2. No moisturizer day of, but important to be moisturized! (Make sense?!) LOL If you know in advance that you are getting a tan, make sure to keep your skin hydrated before hand. But day of, shower and no moisturizer.
  3. Speaking of shower; shave before a tan. But I have found out over the years, don’t shave DIRECTLY before a tan. You’ll end up with dots for a couple days.
  4. You won’t be able to shower, get wet or sweat for 6-8 hours afterwards. Unless you do a speed tan (2 hours). You can sleep in the tan, it will get on your sheets. Mine always wash clean though, no stains.
  5. No deodorant or makeup on when tanning. Deodorant can make your underarms green.

Your tan should last up to a week or even a little longer if you keep your skin moisturized after the tan!



5 easy ways


  1. Liz Slay

    I’ve always wanted to get a spray tan, but I never knew where to start or how to prep (until now). When it isn’t summer (or when my tan begins to fade), I use the St. Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan which I love because you just rinse it off and you develop a gradual tan throughout the day (or night). Plus, it doesn’t leave my palms orange. I top that with the Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer to deepen the tan and moisturize my body.


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