Be sure to exfoliate your skin 1-2 days beforehand. This is best using a mitt or loofah.
If you wax, it is best to wax a 1-2 days before your tan.
Ensure that other appointments such as mani/pedi, wax, facial, etc. are done before your spray tan, not after.
Rinse off with a cold shower and gently exfoliate the day of your spray tan. Use a mitt to exfoliate (not a sugar scrub). It is advised to shower several hours before your appointment (not right before). Please avoid using Dove body wash and bar soap before and after your spray tan.
Do not wear makeup, lotion, moisturizer, deodorant, or perfumes - these can block the DHA, causing your tan to not develop as much or to look uneven.
Products to avoid both before and after your tan include: Dove, Aveeno, Eucerin, Bath & Body Works, Suave, Nivea, Neutrogena, Ivory, Lubriderm, Dial, Olay, acne products, exfoliating products, and retinols.
After your tan
Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing after your spray tan session.
Avoid water for at least 8h after your tan (no pool, shower, or exercise).
For your first post-tan shower simply rinse off with cool water until the water runs clear. Do not shave or use any scrubs, oils, or body wash.
After your shower, pat yourself dry with a towel rather than rubbing.
Avoid shaving or waxing right after your tan, as this removes the hair along with the upper surface of your skin, which has just been spray tanned.
Depending on the formula, the tan may still look very light right after your first shower. Don't worry, it is still developing and will show full results after 24h.
To extend the life of your tan, avoid soaking in water, shave with a razor that does not have a moisturizing strip, don't use harsh chemicals, and moisturize daily! Avoid using Dove body wash and stick to products that are sulfate-free and paraben-free.
Avoid heavily fragranced lotions as well as acne products and retinols as these can strip your tan more quickly.
Products to avoid both before and after your tan include: Dove, Aveeno, Eucerin, Bath & Body Works, Suave, Nivea, Neutrogena, Ivory, Lubriderm, Dial, Olay, acne products, exfoliating products, and retinol.