Spray Tanning Before and After Tips


custom airbrush spray tanNING 101

How does airbrush tanning work?

The Tan Banana uses a revolutionary sunless tanning solution containing DHA, custom blended for your skin tone and preferences. DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is a sugar based derivative that has been approved by the FDA for over 30 years. It reacts with the outer layers of your skin to create a natural looking tan in 8-12 hours. The immediate color you see is a cosmetic bronzer that mimics the color you will see in the coming hours. Do not be alarmed if you see some color rinse off during your first shower, this is only the bronzing agent. Your tan is still in tact!

How long does it take?

The combination of top of the line equipment, quick drying solution, and a highly skilled technician make sunless tanning a breeze. A full spray tan can be completed in around 15 minutes.

Will I turn orange?

We pride ourselves in giving gorgeous, natural looking glows. The risk of turning orange is almost non-existent using the Infinity Sun line of products. Our highly trained technicians will help choose a level of color that is appropriate for your skin tone. Your skin is safe with us!

What should I wear?

You can wear as much or as little as you like (yes, tanning nude is totally ok and many people do). Our salon features a private tanning area where you can feel comfortable undressing as much as you prefer. Note: A small amount of overspray is expected on garments worn during spray application. Bronzing additives usually wash out, but there is always a chance of staining. We also recommend wearing dark, loose fitting clothing after your tan to avoid any transfer of product.

How long will my custom spray tan last?

A custom spray tan should last anywhere from 5-10 days. Proper skincare before and after will directly effect the length of your tan. Remember to always exfoliate, avoid lotions and perfumes, and remove makeup before. After tanning, moisturize and use gentle soaps or body washes. With the use of our Infinity Sun Extender products, tans can last an additional 3-5 days!

I'm tanning for a special event. When should I make my appointment?

We recommend tanning a day or two before a special event or occasion. Many people prefer to schedule their appointment in the evening before and wait until the morning to rinse off. This gives the spray tan time to develop with little risk of accidental smudging or transfer of product while you are sleeping. Also, please keep your entire pre-event beauty plan in mind when making your appointment. Facials, massages, and exfoliating manicures or pedicures are best done before tanning to prevent uneven wear of your tan.

Is it safe to spray tan while pregnant?

Spray tanning has been deemed safe for pregnant women by the March of Dimes, and it’s much safer than harmful UV tanning alternatives. The March of Dimes does recommend that you test a spray tan on a small area of the body first, as your skin can become more sensitive during pregnancy and spray tanning agents could cause a reaction. Though the risks have not been scientifically tested, the sugar and mineral based ingredients in sunless tanning solutions are an indication that there are little or no risks involved. Of course if you have any concerns, please contact your doctor first.


Skin care tips for before and after your custom airbrush spray tan


Pre-Tan Planning:

If tanning for a special event or occasion, we recommend scheduling your custom airbrush tan a day or two in advance. Our custom airbrush spray tan solution contains cosmetic bronzers that will give you an immediate natural looking color. However, the best spray tan develops post rinse, approxiamtely 8-12 hours after application. We often suggest tanning the evening before an event and waiting until morning to rinse off the bronzing solution if possible.

Need a tan in a hurry?

Upgrade to our Rapid Developing Solution for a perfect bronze that you can rinse in as little as 2 hours!


We can't stress this enough. It’s extremely important to start with a fresh, clean layer of skin. Exfoliating will ensure a longer lasting, more even tan. Be sure to avoid oil based products, and focus on exfoliating rough body areas, like your knees and elbows. We also recommend avoiding Dove bar soap prior to tanning as it can leave a residue that prevents even application. Ask about our skin renewing Infinity Sun Exfoliant!


The Tan Banana recommends shaving or waxing at least 24-48 hours prior to getting your custom airbrush tan. Shaving/waxing opens your pores, which we want closed before applying spray tan solution. Shaving or waxing too close to your tan can result in a "blotchy" or "spotty" pore look.

No Makeup or Lotion:

The day of your spray tan, avoid lotions, perfumes, or deodorants. Excess oils can prevent absorption during application. If tanning your face, you will also want to remove makeup (eye makeup is okay).

What to Wear:

You may tan in as much or as little as you like. We've seen it all! We can also provide disposable tops and bottoms if you'd prefer.


What to Wear:

You will be safe to dress immediately after your spray tan. It is recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothing to prevent rubbing, streaking, and uneven wear until after your first shower. Please be aware that the tanning solution contains a cosmetic bronzer that may transfer to your clothing. It is unlikely, but there is a risk of staining. This risk goes away after your first shower.

Stay Dry:

The longer you can wait to rinse off, the better your spray tan will develop. We recommend waiting 8-12 hrs (2-4 hrs if using the rapid development solution) before showering or getting wet for the best color. Sweating can also cause streaking in your initial bronze, so avoid the gym and other strenuous activity until after your first shower.

Gentle Cleansing:

Use a gentle cleanser and avoid exfoliating until you are ready for your next tan. Exfoliating encourages skin renewal and should only be done pre-tan.


Hydrated skin will hold a spray tan longer. Moisturize twice daily with an alcohol free lotion. Lotions containing a small amount of DHA will help extend your tan an additional 3-5 days. Ask about our line of Infinity Sun after tan care products!


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