Eight hours prior to your tanning session, exfoliate with an oil-free product, paying special attention to dry areas like your feet, knees, and elbows. Polished recommends our in shower Norvell or Extended Vacation exfoliators, which we have available for purchase. We also carry exfoliating wipes $3 that can be used in-salon.
Remove all toiletries such as makeup, deodorant, or lotions. These products can block the airbrush tanning solution and may negatively affect your tan’s development.
We advise using our exfoliating wipes, which removes oils and residues from your skin in addition to pH-balancing your skin in preparation for the tanning treatment.
Shave within 24 hours before the tanning treatment. Use a sharp razor blade to remove as much hair as possible.
Wax prior to the spray tanning session.
Bring in dark swimwear or undergarments for the actual tanning session. Don’t bring your best pair.
Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing, including flip flops. Tight straps and clothing can affect the tan.
Remove jewelry and contact lenses before your airbrush tanning session.
Do not wear tight-fitting clothes or undergarments, as this will cause the solution to rub off your skin.
To give the tanning solution enough time to work, avoid showering, exercising, or other activities that may cause you to sweat or get wet (such as washing your hands or even letting your dog lick you!) for eight hours. When you do shower, the cosmetic bronzer will wash off. Don’t worry! This is not your tan.
If you plan on going on an extended vacation, and especially if you plan to be swimming, use our Moroccan Mineral Self Tanner in place of tan extenders.
Like any other tan, an airbrush tan lasts longer the better you take care of it!
Anti-aging and acne treatments (including skin bleaching cream, salicylic acid, microdermabrasion, serums and toners containing alcohol or witch hazel, Retin-A, skin bleaching cream and others) can cause tans to fade. The Moroccan Mineral face tanner can help combat this problem.
Using loofahs, waxing, dull razor blades, bleaching, and other abrasive skin treatments or applications can fade your spray tan more quickly.
Avoid hot tubs! The water and chemical mix in a typical hot tub will strip you of your tan in half an hour.
Quick dips in pools and the ocean are okay, but extended swims can fade your tan. Using one of our self tanners on vacation will keep your color up.