Airbrush Tanning Tips

Read this page for helpful tanning tips on how to care for your airbrush tan before, during, and after your sessions at Tantrum Sunless Tanning.

Before Your Session
  • Eight hours prior to your tanning session, exfoliate with an oil-free product, paying special attention to dry areas like your feet, knees, and elbows. Tantrum recommends our in shower Norvell or Extended Vacation exfoliators, which we have available for purchase. We also carry exfoliating wipes (3 for $5) that can be used in-salon.
  • Remove all toiletries such as makeup, deodorant, or lotions. These products can block the airbrush tanning solution and may negatively affect your tan’s development.
  • We advise using our exfoliating wipes, which removes oils and residues from your skin in addition to pH-balancing your skin in preparation for the tanning treatment.
  • Shave within 24 hours before the tanning treatment. Use a sharp razor blade to remove as much hair as possible.
  • Wax prior to the spray tanning session.
  • Bring in dark swimwear or undergarments for the actual tanning session. Don’t bring your best pair.
  • Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing, including flip flops. Tight straps and clothing can affect the tan.
  • Remove jewelry and contact lenses before your airbrush tanning session.
During Your Session
  • Dark swimsuits or old underwear are ideal to wear to your appointment. Our solutions should wash out of clothing easily, though they tend to stain synthetic materials such as light nylon. If need be, we have disposable underwear for you to use.
  • Protect your lips with lip balm. We have lip balm available for purchase should you need it.
  • Use our disposable ear plugs, nose plugs, and face masks.
After Your Session
  • Your technician will dry you after your session. You may still be a bit tacky.
  • Do not wear tight-fitting clothes or undergarments, as this will cause the solution to rub off your skin.
  • To give the tanning solution enough time to work, avoid showering, exercising, or other activities that may cause you to sweat or get wet (such as washing your hands or even letting your dog lick you!) for eight hours. When you do shower, the cosmetic bronzer will wash off. Don’t worry! This is not your tan.
  • Our Norvell and Extended Vacation tan extender lotions will help your spray tan sustain for up to two weeks. Use tan extenders daily after showering.
  • Hydrated skin will maintain a tan far longer than dry skin, so be sure to moisturize daily. This is key to maintaining a healthy tan.
  • If you’re going to be in the sun, use sunblock with an SPF. We recommend Bull Frog, which is available for sale at each salon.
  • Avoid long, hot showers or baths and harsh scrubbing; pat your skin dry.
  • Keep a towel handy in case the cosmetic bronzer comes off before you can shower, such as in your car.
  • When you sleep, use dark sheets or blankets, as some of the bronzer may rub off overnight.
  • Our Moroccan Mineral or Norvell face tanners are ideal for keeping the color in your face and touch ups. Your color will be restored in under two hours!
  • If you plan on going on an extended vacation, and especially if you plan to be swimming, use our Moroccan Mineral Self Tanner in place of tan extenders.
  • Like any other tan, an airbrush tan lasts longer the better you take care of it!
Activities to Avoid
  • Anti-aging and acne treatments (including skin bleaching cream, salicylic acid, microdermabrasion, serums and toners containing alcohol or witch hazel, Retin-A, skin bleaching cream and others) can cause tans to fade. The Moroccan Mineral face tanner can help combat this problem.
  • Using loofahs, waxing, dull razor blades, bleaching, and other abrasive skin treatments or applications can fade your spray tan more quickly.
  • Avoid hot tubs! The water and chemical mix in a typical hot tub will strip you of your tan in half an hour.
  • Quick dips in pools and the ocean are okay, but extended swims can fade your tan. Using one of our self tanners on vacation will keep your color up.