Spray Tanning – What’s Hot and What’s Not

What’s Best?

Have you ever wondered why some spray tans are just better than other spray tans? There are so many factors which can make or break your spray tanning experience.


The type of spray tanning solution your therapist uses  is essential to how your tan will turn out and last. Good quality DHA (The main ingredient in fake tan) will make sure your tan is dark enough, not orange and lasts up to 10 days.

All great tanning brands such as Fake Bake, St.Tropez and Nouvatan will have minimal alcohol in it’s ingredients list compared to cheaper solutions. Most beauty  products have alcohol in them, but too much can dry the skin. Cheaper solutions have too much, but good quality tans  don’t, meaning your tan will fade evenly and will last so much longer.


When your getting your tan done, preparing your skin is so important. Removing dead skin cells by exfoliating the day before your tan is applied will ensure that the solution lies on a new layer of skin. The surface layer of your skin renews itself every 2 to 4 weeks which means you don’t want your spray tan sitting on skin that is about to renew itself.

Remove your deodorant, perfume, make-up or any oils on your skin. If you don’t, you could be left with green patches (which wash off the next day with the colour guide), or the solution wont take to your skin as well as it should, resulting in an uneven, lighter tan.

Going to an experienced spray tan therapist will ensure that you are getting the best treatment possible. A trained therapist will know exactly what type of machine to use for applying your tan. This is important as a good quality machine is essential for the tan to be fine enough to lie evenly on the skin.

Automated Spray Tan Booths

Automated spray tan booths are an absolute NO NO in the beauty industry! Booths are great for combating shyness, but you are much better spending your hard earned money on an experienced, trained therapist that wont leave your skin colour looking uneven.

Remember Ross from Friend’s? An automated booth doesn’t know the hard to reach areas the spray tan might of missed on your body and it certainly doesn’t know when you’ve made a mistake in your positioning. Put your trust in a therapist and they will guide you through each step and check you over before you leave.