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Skin Prep and After Care

Exfoliate, Moisturize, Spray, & Dry!

   Exfoliate before your session to remove dead, dry skin cells. This allows the bronzing spray to absorb into fresh, clean skin. Your tan will not only be more even, but will last longer as well. We suggest using a light exfoliating and moisturizing body scrub in your morning shower. You can also use a dry brush and loofah. The better you exfoliate, the better your tan will be. Try to avoid bar soaps or in-shower moisturizers, which could interfere with the bronzing process and bring about that dreaded “orange” color. If you shower at night, apply a light moisturizer. If you shower in the morning, NO LOTION!

Shave or wax the night before your tan. Shaving or waxing after your spray tan will cause quicker fading from the friction of the razor. If you do need to shave, use a brand new razor and light strokes. 

 Skip the lotion and makeup. While moisturizing your skin in the days following your tanning session can make it last longer, applying too much moisturizer and lotions can interfere with the bronzing spray absorbing into your skin the day of your tan. If you do wear makeup the day of your tan, remove it before the spray tan to get the most even tan on your face. Also, NO deodorant! Believe it or not, it could interact with the spray and turn your armpits a not-so-fab shade of green. The day after the spray tan you should be able to return to your normal routine.

Wear lose-fitting, dark clothing to your session. Also, be sure to remove all jewelry and leave it off until your tan is set. This will prevent your clothes and jewelry from rubbing against your skin and smudging your tan or your clothing being stained by the tanning spray. Monarch carries sprays that do not stain but to be of the safe side, please wear dark clothing after a spray tan. If you have leather car seats, please bring a towel to sit on to avoid the tan rubbing off.

Timing is Everything! You need to avoid water for at least 8-10 hours after you tan. Avoid showering, splashing, or sweating after the spray tan is administered so it has time to dry and won't run off with sweat. Shower the night before and plan a leisure day for the day of the spray tan.