Getting a spray tan tonight. What to expect?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If it’s a person airbrushing you, then I’m not sure what to expect. If it’s a booth, they will walk you through it. I worked in a tanning salon in college, so I have a decent amount of experience.

First, some spray tanners have a cosmetic bronzer in them. This is essentially makeup, which makes you look instantly tan, while your actual tan takes a few hours to develop. If you have the option to use the clear solution (no bronzer), I would do that, so you can see for yourself when the actual spray tan is developing. Not a big deal if you can’t get the clear, just a suggestion.

At least for the booth, you can choose level 1, 2, or 3. 2 is the default and what most people get, so if you aren’t sure, stick with 2. 1 is the lightest and isn’t really getting your money’s worth (Even my very fair red headed friend gets a 2). 

For the products they will try to sell you: the prep gel or lotion didn’t give me noticeably different results, BUT it did help my tan fade more evenly (it’s noticeable if your cleavage is getting pale faster than the rest of you!). If you’ve already exfoliated, you don’t need to buy any wipes. They should have baby wipes for free anyway, and I would use these to wipe off any deodorant to avoid white pits on a tan body! Tinted/tanner moisturizers will help prolong the tan (or add color later) if you wish.

I hope I helped! Also, you don’t need to wait a full 24 hours… there were plenty of time I slept on it and showered in the morning. The tan only needs 8 hours max to develop completely. The spray itself also only takes about 3 minutes.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve only every gotten sprayed by a person, not a booth, so…that’s what my experience is based on.

<br />But I wouldn’t get a pedicure after a spray tan, no matter what kind it is. If you absolutely must, tell the nail tech NO scrubbing. The spray tan obviously only tints your top layer of skin – if they do any sort of scrubbing it will just scrub your tan off.

<br />My tan place asks that you come completely exfloiated with no moisturizer of any kind on. They say just using a loofah/mesh sponge with a plain body wash (none of those moisturizing ones) is best. I also don’t do any facial moisturizer, makeup, or deodorant. They ask that you come shaved (because shaving removes dead skin, thus getting rid of the tan), but I don’t shave my armpits. For some reason my armpits really absorb the color so I shave them the next day to help get rid of the color.

I wear a (dark colored) thong when I get sprayed, but I know a lot of people will wear a strapless bra, too. Definitely have loose, dark colored clothes for after, and I don’t wear a bra after, either, to prevent rubbing.

I always get sprayed in the late afternoon/evening and then shower in the morning, but I think as long as you wait about five hours it’s fine.

My place looks at your skin tone/color and recommends a shade based on that. For example, I always get lighter than my mom because I’m more fair complected. It usually takes me about 45 minutes from undressing to the drying. It’s fun! I like it a lot and I’m pretty modest – I get over being nekkid pretty quickly when I’m sprayed.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

JazzyGirl85:  airbrush is the best! I do it pretty often and agree with all of the advice from

StL.Ashley:  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

JazzyGirl85:  airbrush is the best! I do it pretty often and agree with all of the advice from

StL.Ashley:  

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

JazzyGirl85:  if they are spraying you by hand then it should look great! If it’s your first tan, id tell them to go light & you want a glow, not a deep dark tan. also, wear dark baggy clothes to your appt and wait to shower as long as possible (tomorrow morning or afternoon) — you should be okay with the pedi tomorrow but I wouldn’t soak for too long. Also, put moisturizer on your elbows, knees, hands and feet prior to your spray tan because it tends to grab there more 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have had 2 spray tans – both done by an actual person. She asks you what darkness of color you want and explains that how well teh color lasts/darkens has some to do with how your skin holds a regular tan (no idea if this is true – just what she said!). I only wear a teensy black thong, no bra and she said most people go naked. No mani-pedi afterward and NO water/showers/rain etc. for at least 8 hours after the spray. Shave and exfoliate beforehand. No lotions, sprays, makeup, etc. I do wear a bit of deoderant and have never had an issue. 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I made the mistake of getting my tan before the pedi, you will notice for sure, i had a line down where my feet were in the water, it looked odd, good thing my dress was long

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Airbrush tans are awesome-definitely do not wear anything tight afterwards though…one time i wore a tank top with a built in bra after, and even that created an underboob line….stick with super baggy clothes and no bra.

You might notice some of the top layer (or the cosmetic) bronzer rubbing off in areas such as the crook of your knee, etc before you shower…don’t worry, that evens out after you shower.

My place doesn’t do your hands and feet unles you ask. They claim that the tanner will blend in there, but I notice a difference if I don’t do those spots.

Also, your shower water will basically look like you bathed in mud. I wish someone had warned me of that the first time, as I freaked and thought I was washing away my whole tan!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

JazzyGirl85:  Personally, I planned my mani-pedi for before because I wouldn’t want to risk the soaking and scrubbing of my hands and feet. Pedicure may be OK if you don’t soak long so you don’t get a line on your calves. If your dress is long it may not matter to you. 🙂 I’m just neurotic and would worry people would notice somehow. :p

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I tanned and did pedi next day and no it wasn’t fine, you soak a long time when you get a pedi and they usually use a scrub which takes tan off.

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