A spray tan is the perfect way to achieve that ideal glow, regardless of the weather conditions or the time of year. Due to the fact that spray tanning is both convenient and healthy, it’s become a popular option for people who are heading to special events. If you need a spray tan for a wedding or you want to look great before you head off to a tropical vacation, you will want to work with an experienced tanning salon to create a plan that will give you the results that you need.

When Should I Come in for a Spray Tan Before an Event?

Ideally, you should come at least three days prior to the event that is scheduled. This is due to the fact that sunless tanning is not an instant process. Generally, the tan that is achieved during the sunless tanning session will darken over the next several days, usually reaching its peak on the third day. You will want to time your spray tanning session accordingly, so that you can maximize your best look for the most important day. It also gives you an opportunity to rinse your skin after the spray tanning session, which often makes people feel more comfortable before they go out to show off their natural-looking glow. Be sure to contact the tanning salon in advance so that you can schedule a spray tan session at the most ideal time. It is often recommended that you make an appointment so that you can be guaranteed a spot on a day that works for your personal schedule and allows you to accommodate for your upcoming event.

How Long Can I Expect My Spray Tan to Last?

The lifespan of a spray tan is different than the lifespan of a tan that is achieved from the natural sun or from UV lighting. In general, one sunless tanning session will result in a tan that lasts for about seven to nine days. The tan begins lighter, peaks around days three or four, and gradually begins to fade as the body is rinsed and the skin is exposed to the elements. Because of the limited lifespan of the spray tan, you will want to avoid scheduling your sunless tanning session too far in advance of the special event. For example, you should not go for spray tanning a week prior to a wedding, because the tan will be mostly faded by the time the big day occurs. It is better to go about three days in advance, as previously mentioned.

Tips for Prolonging the Life of a Spray Tan

While the average spray tan will last for seven to nine days, there are things that you can do to improve the results and make the tan last for as long as possible:

  • Exfoliate Your Skin Before Your Sunless Tanning Session– When you exfoliate, you remove the dead skin cells, dirt, and debris that may inhibit your skin from properly absorbing the sunless tanning treatment. Be sure to exfoliate a day or two before your appointment to ensure a smooth application.
  • Shave Your Legs Before Your Spray Tanning Appointment– Shaving your legs can help ensure a smoother spray tan application. However, if you shave your legs too close to your appointment time, your pores will be open, and you may not have an even tan after the session. To avoid this, try to shave at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Take Cooler Showers After Your Sunless Tanning Session– Cool water is less likely to rinse away the sunless tan and will help your tan last longer. So, in the days following your appointment, opt for lukewarm water when showering.
  • Moisturize Frequently – Moisturizing your skin will help maintain its health while simultaneously improving your glow. The tanning specialists at Tommy’s Tannings can recommend moisturizers that work well for those who enjoy sunless tanning.

Ultimately, the key to getting a great spray tan before an event is to work with a professional tanning salon, such as Tommy’s Tanning. We specialize in sunless tanning and work with each individual client in order to create a natural, glowing look after the treatment is complete. In addition, our tanning specialists can provide recommendations for lotions and products that will improve the look of the sunless tan as well as extend its lifespan.

For more information on spray tanning before a wedding or other major event, contact us at Tommy’s Tanning today.