Pre and Post Care

How to Prepare for your Tan

  • Shower, exfoliate your entire body with a body scrub, and remove any body hair 8-12 hours before your spray tan
  • Skin should be clean and dry before being sprayed. No deodorant or make up.
  • You must also be careful to avoid razors with an added moisturizing strip before each spray tan.
  • Please put your hair up in a ponytail or bun.
  • Please be sure to wear lip balm, lip-gloss etc., when you come in for your appointment.
  • When exfoliating, pay particular attention to areas on your body that tend to be rough or dry. For most people this is the elbows and knees. Also, make sure to scrub the back of your legs and calves. Skin can build up on the front and back of the neck as well, so scrub well. These areas tend to be uneven if not scrubbed properly.
  • All waxing, facials, manis and pedis or massages must be done at least one day before tanning!
  • Wear dark, loose fitting clothing to your appointment and while tan develops. When receiving your spray tan, you can wear a bathing suit or dark underwear.

After Care

  • Wait a minimum of 6 hours and up to 12 hours depending on desired color before showering (unless using our Rapid Tan)
  • Avoid sweating and exercise until after you shower
  • If sleeping while your tan is setting, make sure to wear long shorts or pants so that your hands are not touching your body/legs
  • Apply body lotion that is parabens free and contains no mineral oils after showering and try to apply as often as possible
  • Do not take long hot baths or showers
  • After showering, make sure to blot your skin dry lightly with your towel, this will help tremendously with extending your tan
  • Chlorine from a pool can cause your tan to fade faster
  • Exfoliate thoroughly before your next session
  • If bronzer is dark on your palms or feet, use lemon juice & sugar and gently scrub until lightened
  • If certain areas around your hands or feet are darker, please use a pumice stone or scrub and gently rub in circular motions to lighten those areas. Lemon and sugar will also lighten.

These products can lighten or make your tan uneven:

  • AHA products (alpha hydroxy acids)
  • Anti-acne products that exfoliate and dry skin (antibiotics)
  • Bar soaps
  • BHA products (beta hydroxy acids)
  • Body hair bleach products & Nair
  • Bug spray, perfumes, body sprays when applied directly to the skin (instead spray clothing)
  • Curel Lotion & Dove products will make your tan fade faster
  • Eye make up remover
  • A women's tan may develop different during various hormonal changes (menstruation, ovulation, pregnancy)


Scheduling with Shade is easy, it only takes a few clicks and you are on your way to looking fabulous. The best part about Shade is that we work around your Schedule and convenience. Come to our studio or we can come to you. Either way you’ll look great!

Call 440-413-3733 to learn more about our spray tanning process and you can have the shade perfect for you.

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