Tanning Instructions - Before and After Care Instructions - FAQ's

Do Not use any home self tanner
10 days prior to your airbrush spray tan appointment!!!

You should make your tanning appointment for 1 or 2 days before your solo competition.

 Before Care  / After Care Tanning Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions

•DO NOT USE ANY HOME SELF TANNING SOLUTIONS, 10 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR SPRAY TAN

Before tanning it is recommended that you:

•Shower and Exfoliate. Exfoliating is very important especially on your knees and other dry areas.

•Shave your legs (If you are an older dancer and currently shave your legs, If you are a younger dancer and you don’t currently shave, that’s fine,
your tan will look great)

•If your razor has a moisturizer strip on it (most do). It is very important to exfoliate your legs again and thoroughly wash them AFTER you shave. If
you don’t, the moisturizer strip can adversely affect your tan.


Be prepared for your tanning appointment

•Have loose dark colored cotton clothing with you, Preferably a skirt instead of shorts, to put on after your appointment (this will help avoid any issues while pulling up a pair of shorts right after your tanning procedure). Have flip flops with you to wear after you’ve been tanned.

•Wear underwear or a bathing suit (you will be tanned in either of the two, whichever you are more comfortable in. All of our technicians are female.

DO NOT wear deodorant, moisturizer, perfume, or makeup to you appointment as any of these could hinder your skins ability to absorb the spray tanning solution. Make sure any and all sweat is thoroughly washed off. Even the slightest amount of sweat can hinder the absorption of the tan.

After Tanning you should NOT:

•Shower for at least 8 hours (for best results do not shower until the next day or at all)

•Swim (Swimming should be avoided completely until after you compete, the chlorine could have an adverse affect on your tan)


•Sweat excessively or wear tight fitting clothing, including tights, for at least 8 hours. THIS MEANS THAT YOU SHOULD NOT PRACTICE IN YOUR TAN!

•Wear your costume, dance socks, or tights at least 8 hours.

•Exfoliate or shave


After AT LEAST 8 hours when you take your first shower:

•The water will turn brown.  This is the excess bronzer rinsing off and is normal.

• THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF VARIATION FROM MOMS, DANCE TEACHERS AND THE EVENT ORGANIZERS ON HOW DARK YOUR TANS SHOULD BE. WE ARE BEING TOLD THAT ITS TOO DARK AND THE GIRLS THAT ARE JUST PERFECT ARE BEING TOLD THAT THEY ARE NOT DARK ENOUGH. WHEN YOU FINISH WITH US ALL YOU HAVE IS THE COLOR OF THE BRONZER, YOUR TAN HAS NOT DEVELOPED AT ALL. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR TAN TAKES TIME TO TAN. WE SUGGEST THAT YOU WEAR IT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE AND DO NOT RINSE BEFORE YOU PERFORM.
Your First shower should be a light rinsing shower.  However, you do want to rinse the excess bronzer off completely so apply the water thoroughly
and use your hand to rinse your skin. If your tan does not look uniform after your shower, that is an indication that you did not rinse off all of the
Bronzer. Go back into the shower and finish rinsing off the bronzer.

•Do not use a wash cloth and do not scrub your tan.

•When you finish your shower, pat yourself dry, do not rub your tan with a towel.

•Moisturize your tan to help keep your skin and your tan crisp and hydrated.


For best results after you tan:

•The longer you wait to shower after your spray tan the deeper and darker your tan will be.

•You should moisturize your tan (after the bronzer has been washed off) and avoid shaving to help the tan last longer. Your tan will last 4-7 days
depending upon your natural skin color and ph balance.

•Remember that it is normal for some of the bronzer to come off on your clothes before you take your first shower.  That is why we recommend
wearing dark colored, loose fitting, older clothes during this time. It is possible that if you don’t fully rinse off the bronzer before wearing your
costume, that some of the residual bronzer could transfer to the inside of your costume. DO NOT panic; use a warm, wet washcloth to remove as soon as possible.

•If you are getting a full body tan, we recommend that you wear a tank top or t-shirt under your costume.

•Clients may only be accompanied by female guardians.  All services are performed by female technicians.


Frequently Asked Questions

What day should I make my tanning appointment for?

You should make your tanning appointment for 1 or 2 days before your solo competition.

I am wearing tights and dancing teams before my solo competition, when should I be spray tanned?

You should make your appointment for at least 8 hours before you put on tights

How Does Air Brush Spray Tanning Work?

Your body is sprayed with a solution that contains a percentage of DHA (DiHydroxyacetone), a colorless solution that reacts with the protein in the outermost surface of your skin.  When DHA and the protein in your skin oxidize, it creates a brown temporary color.  
The solution also contains a bronzer which helps in the oxidation process and helps the technician create a uniform tan.


Is Air Brush Spray Tanning Safe?

DHA has been approved for cosmetic use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Canadian Health Ministry. It is a non-toxic solution.  DHA based sunless tanning has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Organization, the American Academy of Dermatology, The Canadian Dermatology Association, and the American Medical Association.

Is it safe for diabetics?

No, The solution is sugar based and is not recommended for diabetics.

Is it safe for people that have allergies to nuts?

We are not aware of any nut ingredients in our solution.

Will I Look Orange or Streaky?

No! Orange color is the result of older tanning agents that are no longer used in the spray tanning industry or the result of tanning pills.  The DHA solution that we use is more refined and of a much higher quality than DHA solutions that were used in the past.  Streakiness is caused by the improper application of home tanning creams and sprays.

Will My Tan Be Instant?

Yes your tan will be an instant tan that will continue to develop over the next six to twelve hours.  Please follow the tanning instructions for the best results. However your true tan will be revealed after you wash off the bronzer. (8 hrs)

Should I apply moisturizer after I wash the bronzer off?

Yes, It is important to keep skin moisturized after spray tanning as dry, flaky skin will come off faster and the color will fade sooner.
Moisturizing slows down the body’s natural exfoliation process.


Does The Tanning Solution Contain Any Sunscreen?

No!  The tanning solution does not provide any protection from the sun and does not contain any sunscreen.

When Should I Get a Manicure or a Pedicure?

At least 36 hours before your air brush spray tanning appointment.

Can I Go Swimming Or Workout?

The same answer for showering applies to working out.  You must wait at least 8 hours to give the DHA time to react with your skin before disturbing the application.  Swimming should be avoided completely until after you compete.  The chlorine can have an
adverse affect on your tan.


I Have Waited At Least 8 Hours to shower After My Spray Tan, Why Did The Shower Water Turn Brown?

The bronzer in the solution is temporary and it is what gave you the immediate color.  The real color is the result of the DHA reacting with the proteins in your skin.  The real color develops behind the bronzer over 8 – 10 hours.  So do not be alarmed when taking your first shower.  The brown is the bronzer and it is supposed to come off.  The lasting color is what is left behind. Again, you may wait until after the competition to rinse.

Will The Tan Rub Off On My Clothes, Socks or Bed sheets?

There is a good chance that the bronzer will come off on your clothes and/or bed sheets before you take your first shower after the air brush spray tan is applied.  It will come out in the wash as long as you do not wait and extremely long amount of time to wash the items.  We recommend that you wear dark colored, older, loose fitting clothes.  It is not recommended that you wear your dance socks, your costume, or tights for least 8 hours.