Prepping for your Airbrush Tan
- WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY TAN? All tans take 24-hours for the color to fully develop. So, I suggest you book your appointment for 1-3 days before you need the tan. Brides, I suggest you book a trial 2-3 weeks before your wedding (if you’ve never had a spray tan with me before) and book your final tan 2 days before.
- EXFOLIATING is very important — removing old, dead skin will ensure flawless coverage. If you have a remnants of your old tan, be sure to remove that, too. I recommend starting this process two days prior to your appointment. Tip: towards the end of your shower exfoliate with an oil-free scrub, like, Bora Bora Body Polish and loofah or hand mitt. I also love these scrubbing pads for your face and neck.
- NO LOTION, MAKEUP OR DEODORANT – Arrive to your appointment with completely clean skin. However, if you’re coming from work, I have face wash to remove makeup and wipes to remove deodorant. You may apply deodorant afterwards.
- WHAT SHOULD I WEAR DURING MY SESSION? – Most clients tan topless, you can wear your underwear, bathing suit bottom or I provide disposable thongs. If you prefer you can wear a bathing suit or bra and panties, whatever you are comfortable in. But, be mindful if you’re getting a tan for an occasion and your tan lines, less is better and I think you’ll be happier with minimal tan lines. Also, plenty of women tan nude (especially those going on vacation) and I’m perfectly comfortable with that, we’re all women here.
- DO NOT SHOWER RIGHT BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT – Your skin needs time to dry and showering right before your appointment will effect the color of your tan. I prefer you shower at least 3-4 hours before, 12 hours is optimal.
- SPA SERVICES: Waxing, pedicures and manicures should be done before your appointment. Waxing 1-2 days prior so you have time to effectively wash off any remaining wax residue. Nails can be done the same day, I just ask that if lotion is used on your legs, ask them to wipe it off or use none at all.
- NO TIGHT CLOTHING: NO YOGA PANTS OR JEANS! Tight pants will rub your tan off and cause uneven development. Jeans are too abrasive and will rub of your tan as well. Bring/wear dark, loose-fitted clothing. Sweatpants, shorts, sundress, loose t-shirt, etc.,
- PREPARE FOR RAIN: If rain is forecasted for the day of your appointment, don’t panic. As long as you cover up when you leave you’ll be fine! Wear a rain coat, bring an umbrella, wear long pants, long sleeves, etc. I carry rain ponchos should you forget to prepare.
- RELAX AND PROCESS! Good things come to those who wait. Before you leave, I’ll provide you with after-care product recommendations and instructions and give you rinse time, it’s a smooth process and we’re going to have fun, so don’t worry, see you soon!
- MORE QUESTIONS? I’ve answered most of them in my FAQs, read more.
Caring for your Airbrush Tan
- FIRST BRONZER RINSE: Before you leave I will give you rinse time, it’s important that you rinse off the bronzer (what I spray on you) when I tell you to, to avoid over-processing and to achieve the color we have discussed during your appointment. Rinse really well, until the water runs clear. If you see any streaking, keep rinsing as you did not remove all the bronzer.
- SOAP/BODY WASH Bikini Island Body Wash is made just for spray tans and provides a safe lather that you can shave with also. I do not recommend over-the-counter soaps, but I can tell you to avoid Dove soap while you have a spray tan.
- STAY HYDRATED use our luxurious Moorea Moisturizer Shea Butter Lotion will protect and preserve your spray tan and use the Tahitian Tan Extender to extend the life of your tan. I do not recommend over-the-counter lotions, if you want to use them, that is your discretion.
- PAT DRY, do not rub. Be gentle with your spray tan.
- NO HOT TUBS: Water is a natural exfoliant. Hot tubs, pools and salt water will greatly fade your tan. Before you go in the pool or ocean, make sure you apply sunscreen, it will help to act as a barrier between the water and your spray tan. As soon as you get out of the water, rinse off in the shower if one is nearby.