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Glow On: How to Prep and Maintain Your Perfect Spray Tan

Updated: Jul 7

Achieving a flawless spray tan is more than just stepping into the booth – it's about meticulous prep and thoughtful aftercare. The better you prepare and maintain your tan, the more stunning and long-lasting the results.

At Indulge Beauty, our Azure Professional Spray Mist Tanning solutions are designed for all skin types and desired shades. Whether you want a subtle glow or a deep bronze, we've got you covered.

Discover our expert tips and tricks to enhance the longevity and radiance of your tan.


Prep Like a Pro

Getting ready for your spray tan is the secret to an even, long-lasting glow.

Here’s why each step is a game-changer:

  1. Patch Test for Peace of Mind: If you have sensitive skin, we recommend doing a patch test by applying a small swab behind the ear or in the elbow area. Leave it on for 24 hours to ensure no adverse reactions before your session. You are welcome to come in for a patch test at any time at Indulge Beauty.

  2. Start with a Clean Slate: Before applying new tanning products, ensure you remove any residue from previous tans. Lingering tan residue can cause uneven application, so thorough removal is key for a flawless finish.

  3. Go Product-Free: Before your tan, refrain from using moisturisers, deodorants, and perfumes. These products can create a barrier on your skin, hindering the even absorption of the tan solution and possibly causing a reaction that alters the final result.If you use an aluminum-based antiperspirant, double cleanse the area as the aluminum can react with the DHA in the tanning solution.

  4. Shower Power: Clean skin absorbs the tan better. Make sure to shower before your appointment.

  5. Time Your Hair Removal: It's crucial to schedule your shaving or waxing session at least 24 hours before your tan to minimize irritation and ensure your skin is properly prepared. If you're planning to combine waxing (and this includes an eyebrow shape) with a spray tan, timing is key! Wait at least a day after waxing for your pores to close up. Applying tan immediately after waxing can lead to a patchy, uneven, or dotty appearance.

  6. Exfoliate Like a Boss: Scrub away dead skin, especially on knees, elbows, and heels, for an even tan. A well-executed exfoliation session should ideally be done at least 24 hours before your spray tan to ensure smooth, even application.

  7. Dress the Part: For your tan appointment, bring loose, dark clothing without tight cuffs, collars, or straps to prevent rubbing off the tan. Consider items like a maxi dress or an oversized t-shirt that won't disrupt the tan's development for the next few hours.

  8. Arrive Cool and Calm: Maintain a comfortable body temperature and avoid arriving hot and sweaty. Excessive perspiration can affect the final result, potentially causing streaks or unevenness in your tan. Staying composed ensures the best outcome for your spray tan session at Indulge Beauty.

  9. Weather Watch: Stay dry during the processing time, especially in the rain, to avoid streaks.


Keep That Glow

You've achieved that gorgeous tan – now let’s ensure it lasts.

Here’s how to maintain your radiant skin for 7-10 days:

  1. Relax During Curing: While your tan sets, ensure you relax and keep your skin dry. Avoid activities like vigorous exercise, shopping, or pedicures that could potentially ruin the tan by causing sweating or rubbing.

  2. Wash Gently: After the specified time, rinse gently with water only, avoiding washcloths or shower products such as shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner that may prematurely remove the tan. Remember, the tan will continue to develop on your skin over the next 24 hours as its the bronzer in the tan solution you see washing down the shower drain.

  3. Pat, Don’t Rub: After showering, gently pat your skin dry to avoid stripping the tan.

  4. Hydrate Daily: Moisturising is essential to maintain soft, healthy skin and to prolong the life of your tan. Moisturisers help to replenish the skin's natural oils, keeping it hydrated and preventing dryness and cracking. By maintaining optimal moisture levels, your tan will appear more even and vibrant, lasting longer and enhancing your overall glow.

  5. Skip the Chlorine: After swimming, be sure to moisturise and shower promptly to counteract the drying effects of chlorine and saltwater on your skin and tan, ensuring your tan remains vibrant for longer.

  6. Extend with Lotion: Enhance your tan with our range of Azure gradual tanning lotions, enriched with super hydrating ingredients. These lotions not only moisturise your skin but also extend the life of your tan in one easy step. Choose from our variety of options to keep your tan looking vibrant and radiant for longer.

  7. Exfoliate When Ready: When your tan starts to fade, exfoliate gently to remove it evenly.

  8. Plan Hair Removal: To preserve your tan, schedule waxing or shaving at least 24 hours before your tan session, extending the time before your next shave or wax and avoiding premature tan stripping.

By following these tips, you’ll enjoy a stunning, long-lasting tan that highlights your natural beauty. Book your appointment at Indulge Beauty today and glow with confidence! ☀️✨💛


How often do you get a spray tan?

  • 🌞 Regularly, I love keeping a tan year-round!

  • 🌼 Occasionally, for special occasions or vacations.

  • 🍂 Rarely, but I'd like to try it more often.

  • 🌸 Never tried it, but considering it!

Share your own brilliant ideas in the comments below—we love hearing from you at Indulge Beauty!

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