Selecting the location of the spray tan is the first order of business. Most often we'll use the garage, back patio, large room (no carpeting)or master shower. We use a portable pop up tent (see picture below) that is 4' x 4' x 7' tall. There should not be any over spray. Set up and take down is ~ 5 minutes.
For best results your body should be free of any moisturizers, oils, deodorant, and make up. Please also remove your jewelry.
Again you can wear as much or as little as you like. We have hair nets to keep your hair up and away from spray tan areas, nose plugs for minimal inhalation.
The spray tan should take approximately 10 minutes to apply.
Your body is sprayed with a solution that contains a certain percentage of DHA (DiHydroxyAcetone), a colorless sugar which reacts with the Amino acids in the dead layers of your skin and over a period of a few hours turns brown.
Exfoliation removes excess oils and dead skin cells to prepare skin to accept a sunless tan.
Thoroughly exfoliate your skin up to 24 hours before your spray tan. Use an exfoliating scrub or a loofa towel paying extra attention to the knees, ankles, tops of feet, elbows, and the hands. Exfoliation removes any dead skin cells. The smoother the skin, the more even the tan and the longer it will last. If you shave or wax, this should also be done at least 8 hours prior to the tan and after exfoliation.
Skin should be free of deodorants, make up, moisturizers, body oils, or any other preparation on your skin can act as a barrier to the tanning solution.
What you wear depends on if you want tan lines or not. It also depends on your comfort. You can wear as much or as little as you like. A old bra and panties or a bathing suit/bikini. However, you are perfectly welcome to have your tan topless or nude and many people do. Men must wear shorts or a speedo bikini and will only be tanned if accompanied by wife or a female friend. We suggest dark swim trunks, gym shorts or speedo.
If this tan is for a very special occasion such as a wedding we highly recommend a trial spray tan no less than 2 weeks before the event.