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Before the Tan (1-2 days before)

  • Exfoliate with an oil-free scrub and moisturize 24-48 hours before your tan, and pay special attention to drier spots like your elbows, knees, and ankles. Avoid moisturizers with heavy oils or petroleum.

  • Wax/shave at least 48 hours before your tan, giving your pores plenty of time to close. If you wax/shave any earlier than 24 hours before your tan, we cannot guarantee a perfect result as you may develop tiny dark spots from the solution attaching itself to your open pores.

  • Get your manicure and pedicure done 24-48 hours before you tan.

  • Avoid using bar soaps (ex. Dove or Olay), high pH shower products or in-shower moisturizers.

Day of Service

  • Please do not apply any lotions, oils, deodorant, perfumes, or makeup the day of your tan. Your skin should be completely clean and bare.

  • Wear dark and loose clothing and shoes, even if we come to your home with our mobile service.

Immediately After Service

  • Do not get wet or sweat during your tan’s development time.

  • Avoid skin-on-skin contact so your tan stays exactly where it was sprayed down (you may need to sleep in loose PJs if getting a service in the late evening).

  • Do not use any soaps or body wash during your first rinse - just shower in plain water until it rinses clear.

  • Don’t worry if you notice any dark areas around creases in your neck, underarms, elbows or knees - this is just the initial bronzer that will blend in and wash off after showering.

  • Don’t worry if you notice a green tint around your underarms or neck. This is the DHA in the solution reacting with any leftover deodorant or sweat, and it will wash off during your first rinse.

  • If you received a Rapid tan, please follow the appropriate 1-4 hour rinse instructions by your sunless consultant for your desired degree of darkness. The bronzer will rinse off in your first shower, but your color will continue to develop for 24 hours.

  • Do not use any moisturizer or body lotions for 24 hours after your first rinse.

Maintaining Your Tan

  • Your tan will continue to develop for 24 hours.

  • To keep your tan looking beautiful for the full 7-10 days, limit exfoliating and body washes with sulfates, mineral oil, and petroleum.

  • If you need to shave, try using conditioner to keep the blade running smoothly against the skin.

  • Avoid massages and pedicures - anything that can break down your tan.

  • Avoid long, hot showers and baths.

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! (Use petroleum-free and oil-free products)

  • Don’t forget to continue to wear sunscreen to protect your skin outdoors, but stick to an oil-free formula.

With questions, concerns, or emergencies, contact Sasha from Vacay Beauty at

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does airbrush and spray tanning actually work?
    Spray tanning solutions contain a colorless chemical called dihydroxyacetone, of DHA. When applied to skin, a chemical reaction occurs between amino acids and the outermost skin layer to produce a brown color, or tan. DHA carries less health risks than any other tanning method, achieving a tan without sun exposure and UV rays. DHA is considered safe enough to be approved for external cosmetic application by the FDA, and is considered nontoxic and non-carcinogenic. DHA should be regarded as offering no SPF protection against UV rays, although a small protective effect has been observed. Always wear a sunscreen for UV protection.

  2. What’s the difference between an airbrush tan and a spray tan?
    A spray tan is what you get in an automated booth - with numerous sprayers from various directions. An airbrush tan is done with a high-volume-low-pressure (HLVP) hand-held gun by one technician. It is more gentle, even, and effective than a typical spray tan.

  3. How long does the process take?
    The whole process - from checking in to checking out - takes less than 30 mins.

  4. Do I have to be naked during the airbrush tan?
    We encourage clients to wear whatever they’re most comfortable in - whether that’s their birthday suit, or a dark bikini. You do want to ensure you wear something dark, in the likelihood it will get soiled during the spray. We also carry complimentary disposable bras and thongs for females. Males are strongly urged to wear undergarments. People under 18 are required to wear undergarments; no exceptions.

  5. What should I wear after the appointment?
    We recommend dark, loose clothing.

  6. How many days ahead of my special event should I get an airbrush tan?
    We recommend getting your airbrush tan done 1-2 days before your event so you have time to rinse and moisturize.

  7. How do you customize each solution?
    We have a specially developed brief questionnaire that clients complete before every service. Based on the results, we identify the best solution - sometimes mixing solutions - to give you the perfect result based on your skin type and tan preferences.

  8. Will I turn orange?
    Heck no! We designed our questionnaire specifically to ensure we provide our clients with the most natural results. The products we use are of the highest industry quality, water-based, non-sticky, and proven to provide stunning results on clients of all skin tones and types.

  9. How long does a Vacay Beauty spray tan last?
    If you follow the after care instructions, your tan will last 7-10 days. We also recommend stocking up on our post-tan lotion, which will continue to deposit color and keep your glow going for up to 10-14 days.

  10. Can I get a “real” tan from the sun with an airbrush tan on my skin?
    Yes, you absolutely will continue to absorb UV rays from the sun. And since you have color on your skin, it’s even more important to load up on SPF and protect yourself from free radicals and harmful UV.

  11. Will swimming in a pool or the ocean strip my tan?
    It won’t take it off immediately, but the high chlorine of a swimming pool and salt content of the ocean will gradually fade your tan faster than if you avoided both bodies of water.

  12. When can I come back for my next tan with you?
    As soon as your previous airbrush tan has entirely faded, about 2 weeks after your last appointment.

  13. How do I prepare for my spray tan?
    Scroll up and check out the instructions for your perfect skin prep!

  14. How do I remove my tan?
    The best way to get rid of your tan is to soak in a hot bath or shower and exfoliate with our Sunless Beauty Charcoal Exfoliating Mitt.