How does a spray tan work?

The spray tanning liquid contains an ingredient called DHA (Dihydroxyacetone). This compound reacts with amino acids in your skin and oxygen in the air, leaving your skin a darker shade. This reaction happens differently depending on your skin tone.

Is spray tanning safe?

Yes, it is completely safe. Spray tanning is the easiest way to achieve a healthy, bronzed glow without the risks that come with sun exposure. Please remember that the tanning product does not contain an SPF, so will not protect you from the sun. As part of the consultation, our experts will check for allergies to ensure no adverse reaction to the spray tan.


How do I prepare for my spray tan?

Exfoliate your entire body before a spray tan using an exfoliating glove and a gentle sugar exfoliator. You should do this at least 24 hours prior to the tan. This will aid your tan by giving it an even surface to stick to. You should also ensure that you have no product on your skin just before the tan. This includes moisturiser, perfume, or other creams and lotions.


What does the process involve?

Your therapist will set up their tanning equipment in a convenient location in your home. You will be asked to undress into what you want to wear during the tan. They will apply barrier cream to areas which often tan unevenly, such as elbows, nails and ankles.

Once you are prepared, your therapist will ask you to stand in the spray tanning tent and show your body poses which allow for the most even tan. They will work through each body part in turn. Be prepared for the spray to be a little cold. When tanning your face, they will ask you to hold your breath and close your eyes.

Once your whole body has colour on it, the therapist will allow you some time to stand and dry, so as not to disrupt the tan too early by getting dressed. Making sure the tan is dry after a spray will decrease the risk of patching and uneven colour. Don’t be alarmed if the colour is darker than you want at this stage. It is just because of the guide colour in the tan solution which helps a therapist ensure the colour is even.


How long does a spray tan take?

TANtastic spray tanning service in your own home and the full process takes 30 minutes in total. We have a choice of different shades on our menu!


What should I wear after the spray tan?

As little as possible! Try to wear dark coloured, floaty clothing and avoid anything tight which could leave rub marks on your fresh tan.


How long does a spray tan take to develop and what should I do?

The tanning development process usually takes place over a period of about 8 hours, dependent on the type of tanning formula used. Therefore avoid showering for three hours. Wash your body and do not worry if you see a lot of colour going down the drain. This is because you are washing off the spray tan’s guide colour, your skin underneath will still be left beautifully tanned. After showering, use a light moisturiser all over your body. Avoid body oils which can actually speed up the breakdown of your tan.


Will the spray tan stain my house/furniture?

Your spray tanning professional will bring a spray tanning tent with them. This will entirely protect your house from being stained by tan.


How can I look after my tan?

Moisturising after every shower is essential to retain hydration in your skin and keep your tan looking healthy. Be sure to use an oil-free moisturiser, as oil can break down the tan. This also goes for sun cream and use an oil-free option to prolong your tan for longer. Avoid using harsh products in the shower such as alcohol-filled body washes.


Can you shave after a spray tan?

We generally advise clients to shave before their spray tan if possible. This is because shaving exfoliates the skin, which is important preparation for a spray tan. It also means that it will fade your tan faster if done after.

Can you put makeup on after a spray tan?

We won’t recommend wearing makeup immediately after your spray tan. The moisture in your makeup, especially foundations and other lotions can cause your tan to blotch or create an uneven finish. Once you have showered after your tan has developed, you can go back to wearing makeup.


How long after a spray tan can you do exercise?

You absolutely must not exercise in the three hours after your spray tan. This is because the sweat and friction caused by workouts will ruin the beautiful, smooth finish of your tan. Once you have washed off your spray tan, you can go back to exercising as normal.


How long will my spray tan last?

This depends on the tanning formula used. However, in general, spray tans last for up to 7  to 10 days with good tan maintenance.