Tips for Getting the Best Tan


Tanning was once a national craze. Everyone wanted a tan and you could find them lying out in the sun at any time at almost any location. College students would lie outside their dorms.

Apartment dwellers tanned on their building roofs. But as tanning became more popular, the world became more knowledgeable about skin cancer and what causes aging. Tanning was soon connected with skin cancer, premature wrinkling and aging.

This stopped some people form tanning. These smart individuals miss the golden look of being tanned. Some of these people have resorted to spray tans. It gives the fantastic look without any of the dangers.

Spray Tans are Safe

Spray tans are an actual skin dye sprayed onto the skin. DHA or Dihydroxyacetone is an FDA approved active ingredient in the dye and is safe for use on the outside of the body. It is important to never let the spray get in your eyes, nose or mouth.

The First Time

If you decide to get a spray tan, you should have no problem finding a spray tan facility in your area. They are pretty popular now. If you have never gotten sprayed before, the tan attendant will first spray a test patch of skin to be sure you do not have any allergies to the dye.

If you do not develop an allergic reaction, the attendant will supply you with goggles and nose plugs and will proceed with your spray tan.

It is best to wear an old bathing suit that you have designated for tanning only. You may have a black or dark colored suit which you can wear as the dye does not usually show up on darker fabrics. However, the spray will alter the color of a lighter colored fabric.

Tips for Getting the Best Tan

To optimize the look of your spray tan, there are a few things you can do before going in. First do not spend too much time out in the sun before going. If you are already too tanned or burned, your tan will come out uneven. It may also help to exfoliate on the day of your appointment.

You will be able to keep your tanned appearance longer if you have removed all the dead skin. Shaving may also help the tan to appear even. The hair will slow down the absorption process, which may cause an uneven appearance.


  • The most important step to get an even and long lasting tan is pre-spray tan exfoliation. For that you should use either exfoliating gloves with soap, or a product specifically designed for spray tanning. Those are different from shop bought exfoliators because they do not contain oil which can act as a barrier to the spray tanning solution.