Your First Spray Tan – What to Expect and Tips to Get the Best Results
Booking in for your first spray tan can be a frightening thought. We get it, standing stark naked (or close to), in front of a stranger so they can spray a cold, dark liquid all over you doesn’t sound too great. But we promise it isn’t nearly as bad as you’re thinking. If you are currently freaking out at the thought of your first spray tan, or simply want to know what to expect, we’ve compiled below the Brazilian Butterfly 101 for spray tanning.
Before Your Spray Tan Appointment
Hydrate: Drink lots of water before your appointment. Hydrated skin will help absorb the spray tan solution into the skin, meaning your tan will last longer.
Exfoliate: It is imperative you exfoliate before you receive a spray tan. Just like a painter preps their canvas, your skin needs to be prepped too. We recommend using our BB Essentials Body Scrub the night before your spray tan appointment, to shed your top layer of dead skin. If you don’t exfoliate, your tan is likely to flake off – leaving it patchy and seeing it fade much faster.
Pro tip: Warm the skin for 5 minutes before exfoliating, this will help soften the skin, making it easier to exfoliate.
Hair Removal: You will need to remove any unwanted hairs (legs, arms, underarms, etc.) at the very least, a day before your appointment. Otherwise, any hair removal treatments after your spray tan will act as an exfoliant and strip the tan from your skin. We recommend waxing before your spray tan, as the hairs grow back slower. Shaving will see your hair return in days, so having to re-shave that area will cause your spray tan to fade.
Deodorant, makeup and moisturisers: Deodorant, makeup and moisturisers all create a barrier from the spray tan solution being absorbed into your skin. It is recommended that you shower before your spray tan appointment and avoid using hair conditioner. Also, remove all moisturisers, deodorants and makeup from your skin. If you can’t shower before your appointment, ensure you don’t apply any of these products to your skin – and this includes lip gloss! Applying lip balm or gloss before your tan means your lips won’t come along for the colour-change ride.
Loose, dark clothing: Remember to wear or bring loose dark clothing, and thongs or open-toe shoes with you to your appointment. This helps to avoid your tan rubbing off your skin whilst it is being absorbed.
During Your Spray Tan
Once you have arrived at your local Brazilian Butterfly salon, one of our experienced therapists will greet you and take you through to your treatment room. Once inside the treatment room, your therapist will chat with you about the different spray tan options and advise you on the best solution for your skin.
The therapist will then provide you with a disposable G-string and a hair net, and leave you to undress in the treatment room. Once undressed, the therapist will return and ask you to step onto our ‘sticky feet’ – these keep the spray tan from being absorbed into the soles of your feet! The spray tan will then commence with the therapist spraying the solution onto your body. This can be a little chilly in the winter months, but don’t fret – it will all be over in just 10 minutes!
Once the solution is on your skin, the therapist will allow you to dry the solution with a hand-held dryer and leave the room for you to get dressed. Once dressed, you can head back to the reception area. There you go, all done!
Post Spray Tan
You’ve made it through! The solution has now dried onto your skin and you are free to head home in your loose, dark clothing. We recommend you stay in your loose-fitting clothing until you have rinsed off the bronzer in the shower, to ensure you don’t rub off any of the solution as it is being absorbed by your skin.
Our therapists will talk you through how long to leave your spray tan on your skin to achieve your desired result. After the desired time frame, which is usually between 1 – 3 hours (but no longer than 8 hours), you are welcome to have a brief shower to lightly rinse off any excess solution, followed by patting the skin dry. To ensure your spray tan lasts as long as possible, with minimum fading, we recommend the following:
Avoid hot showers, saunas, spas and excessive exercise. Your skin naturally sheds every day and your spray tan is attached to those upper layers of skin. If you sweat or rub off these layers, your tan will go too! (Unless you have used the MineTan Workout Ready Foam!)
We highly recommend investing in a MineTan Booster Foam, so you can continue nourishing your skin whilst prolonging the life of your spray tan at the same time.
Moisturise each night with our BB Delicates Body Lotion. Continuously adding moisture to the skin will aid in keeping your skin intact which will see your tan last longer.
After showering pat, blot or dab your skin dry. If you rub with your towel, you will rub your tan off too.
When you are ready to remove your tan, you will require a strong, durable exfoliating mitt to remove your dead skin cells. Use our BB Exfoliating Mitt combined with our BB Essentials Body Scrub, with walnut shell polishing granules that are safe for our waterways. Our BB Exfoliating Mitt can be conveniently hung in the shower and will gently remove traces of tan, without ripping or tugging your skin. Alternatively, purchase yourself a MineTan Tan Eraser at your appointment. This will also assist in dramatically removing any excess tan quickly and easily at home. Make sure that you follow that with our BB Delicates Body Lotion to ensure you re-hydrate your skin.