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Spray Tan Tips

Who better to guide you through spray tanning than the Tanning Experts®? Here, you’ll find spray tan tips and advice that’ll have you glowing from head to toe. Be sure to talk with a PBT expert about the perfect tan plan tailored just for you.

Spray Tan Tips

Who better to guide you through spray tanning than the Tanning Experts®? Here, you’ll find spray tan tips and advice that’ll have you glowing from head to toe. Be sure to talk with a PBT expert about the perfect tan plan tailored just for you.


Prep Your Skin

1. For best results, exfoliate before your session and focus on the driest areas — elbows, knees, hands, feet and the backs of your ankles. PBT offers a wide array of exfoliating products like this pre-session exfoliant. Try to avoid waxing or other spa treatments the day of your spray tan.

2. The day of your spray tan, don’t use moisturizers unless they are specifically formulated for sunless tanning (i.e., oil‑free).

What to Wear

3. Avoid wearing perfumes, deodorant or makeup that can create a barrier for absorption. Avoid wearing tight clothing and shoes such as boots, socks or tights, which may rub off some of the spray tan and cause uneven results.

4. Wear dark, loose-fitting clothes. If possible, wear nail polish. Even if your nail polish is clear coat, it will help protect your nails from discoloration.

Tan Fact: Your spray tan develops in 4-6 hours and can last up to 7 days!


The Naked Truth

5. Once you’re set up in one of our private and secure tanning rooms, disrobe to your level of comfort. If you choose not to spray tan nude, wear a swimsuit or undergarment that you don’t mind possibly staining. Be sure to remove all jewelry and wear a protective hair cap. PBT also supplies disposable undergarments, if preferred. For optimal results, apply your favorite Premier Collection® Sunless Primer all over your body and let dry.

Prep & Protect

6. Barrier cream is an important element for prepping your spray tan. Apply a light layer of the cream in areas where skin tends to be rougher — hands, fingers, feet, toes and the sides of your feet. Don’t forget to apply to your cuticles, as well. These areas tend to soak up more spray solution. For your protection and convenience, PBT provides hair caps, protective eyewear, nose filters, lip balm and cotton balls.


Wait for It…

7. Avoid the following for the defined time period:
Bathing or swimming: At least 4 hours.
Activities that make you sweat heavily: At least 4 hours.
Chlorine: Swimming in chlorinated pools will quickly break down your spray tan. We suggest avoiding entirely, if possible.

Keep Your Glow Longer

8. Moisturize daily with a post-sunless product like one of these. Beware: Drugstore lotions may contain oils and other ingredients that can shorten the life of your spray tan.

9. Avoid body washes that contain harsh soaps, exfoliants or oils. These ingredients can also shorten the life of your tan. We recommend using soaps that are especially formulated to extend the life of your tan — like this daily body wash.

10. Avoid using pore strips, bandages and exfoliants (until you’re ready to spray again).

Tan Tip: Spray 1 or 2 days before your event, so your spray tan has time to set and look its natural best.

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Let's Spray Those Myths Away


“Will a spray tan make me look orange? How can I avoid tanning streaks? How can I get rid of spray tan smell? Are spray tans safe?” Here’s the truth about spray tans.

Out with the orange

These days spray tans are formulated to counter orange undertones. Just like makeup foundations, your spray tan is customizable to match your skin and meet your tan goals. If you’re new to spray tanning, consider starting with a lighter shade and building up with color-enhancing products.

All chic no streak

Self-tanners can leave their mark — namely unsightly streaks. When you spray tan at PBT, our perfectly calibrated system applies a flawless and even tan. Be sure to prep properly and take steps to maintain that glow. Exfoliate and shave before your spray tan, and make sure your moisturizer is designed for sunless tanning. For best results, use our specially formulated PBT skin care products.

All chic no streak

Let's talk scents

Not all skin chemistry is the same. That’s why your favorite perfume smells different on you than your best friend. If you’re not into the smell of your spray tan, consider adding a fragrance. It’ll enhance the overall experience and you can be assured you’ll smell good, too.

Naturally stunning

DHA (dihydroxyacetone) — the active ingredient in all sunless tanners — is a colorless, natural, plant-derived compound that has been FDA-approved since the 70s for external application. PBT features only eco-certified DHA solutions. In accordance with the latest FDA guidelines, we provide protective eyewear, nose filters and lip balm. In addition, all spray tan systems are cleaned and sanitized immediately after each session.

Naturally stunning

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