To ensure the best possible results, it is essential to prepare properly for your Airbrush Tan. Here are some helpful tips on how you can do this. If tanning for a special event, we recommend you do a trial session first.

Airbrush TanningWhat to do Before Your Airbrush Tanning Appointment


Make sure you exfoliate at least 24-48 hours before getting your tan. This will help remove dead skin cells, allowing the tanning solution to properly absorb for lasting results. With a fresh layer of skin, the tanning solution will adhere better for a flawless tan.

Shave and Wax

If you plan on shaving or waxing, it is best to do this 24 – 48 hours before your tanning session as well. This will help reduce any irritation and ensure a smooth application of your Airbrush Tan. Other services, such as manicures, pedicures, and facials, should also be done within 24-48 hours before your appointment.

Avoid Perfumes, Lotions, Oils, or Deodorants

Do not wear any lotions, deodorant, makeup, perfumes, moisturizers, etc. These products create a barrier between your skin and the tanning solution. It is best to remove all makeup before the appointment, but you can wear eyeliner and mascara.


Do not moisturize the day of the tanning session and/or right after the session until you have showered and the tan has fully developed. At the start of your airbrush session, your technician will address any dry areas like elbows, ankles, and heels with a specific moisturizing spray formula to ensure a more even application of color.

Loose clothing

Remember to wear loose, dark clothing to your appointment. This keeps clothing from rubbing on the skin, as well as allowing the tan to dry and prevent staining of your clothes. We also recommend wearing flip-flops to your appointment. If it is raining or threatening rain, it is best to wear long sleeves and pants to the appointment to keep your freshly sprayed skin protected from possible water droplets.

How to Make Your Tan Last Longer

To ensure the longevity of your airbrush tan, it is essential to follow some basic aftercare tips. Wait a minimum of 8-12 hours before showering, exercising, or coming into contact with water in any way. It is essential to allow enough time for the tanning solution to fully develop on the skin. Sweating or showering prematurely will cause the tan to fade or become splotchy. For at least the first eight hours after application of your airbrush tan, avoid excessive sweating, swimming pools, saunas, and the gym.

Avoid using products with Alpha Hydroxy Acid and harsh chemicals on your skin; these can prematurely lighten your airbrush tan. You should also moisturize regularly with lotion to keep the skin hydrated and help maintain the color.

Your first shower after your airbrush tan should be more like a quick, light rinse rather than an actual shower. Be sure to use warm, not hot, water, and avoid using harsh shampoos, soaps, and body washes. Do not use products that have parabens, sulfates, alcohol, and dyes. Exfoliating, such as scrubbing and shaving, should also be avoided. Be sure to gently pat dry and avoid rubbing the skin, as this could cause the removal of the tanning solution and create an uneven tone.

Going forward, avoid long hot showers as well as swimming pools and hot tubs. The chlorine will shorten the life of your tan. By following the proper aftercare techniques, you can ensure the color of your airbrush tan lasts for as long as possible.

Ready to Schedule Your Airbrush Tan? Call The Body Bar!

Following these tips should ensure that you have a positive experience with your Airbrush Tan and help it last as long as possible! If you have any questions or concerns about preparing for your tan, don’t hesitate to contact The Body Bar or visit our website for more detailed information about Airbrush Tanning. If you’re ready to schedule your Airbrush appointment or if you have any questions, contact us today!