Spray Tanning FAQ's

How to Maintain Your Spray Tan

Men - For the safety and comfort level of our spray tan artists, we request men to wear shorts or undergarments. In a effort to comply with gender discrimination laws men who request to be spray tanned nude will be accommodated.  It is recommended that men wear undergarments that are tight around the leg or thigh to enable an even tan line.

What To Wear

Our proprietary Sun Zero Solution delivers a flawless tan, with a perfect mahogany color for all skin types. Your spray tanning service will take approximately 15 minutes for a professional spray tan artist to apply your tan. One spray tan should last between 5-7 days, and two Spray Tans within a 3 day period can last up to 10 days. All Rockstar  Spray Tan Artists are professionally trained, and certified.

How To Prepare For Your Spray Tan

Q.  How many hours do I have to wait after my spray tan to take a shower?

A.  You can shower 8 hours after your spray tan with the exception of our V.I.P., which is a rapid tan and develops in 1-4 hours.

Q.  How long does the tan last?
A.  Clients report that the tan typically lasts 5-7 days. This varies according to skin type and life style. (Swimming, sweating, etc. will decrease the length of the tan) The tan will fade like a natural tan. We recommend getting 2 spray tans about 3 days apart if you would like your results to last about 10 - 12 days. 

Q.  Am I going to have bronze color when I finish my tanning appointment?
A.  Yes. You will have the instant satisfaction of a visible bronze color, the bronzer washes off in your first shower.

Q.  Can I wear make-up during my tanning appointment and shortly thereafter?
A.  It is not recommended to wear foundation during your spray tan appointment as it creates a barrier for the spray tan to penetrate.   Eye make up and lipstick is fine.

Q.  Will my skin look orange?
A.   Absolutely Not.

Q.  How safe is spray tanning?
A.  Very safe! The formula contains only essential ingredients. The FDA approved dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which penetrates only the top layer of the skin. It does not absorb into the body or bloodstream.

Q.  Do I need to exfoliate before my tanning appointment?
A.  Yes, a day before or the same day of your appointment.

Q.  What kind of the exfoliater should I use?
A.  A sugar or salt scrub works great. If you don't have a product, you can use a loofah.

Q.  What kind of shower gel should I use to care for my tan?
A.  Anything but Dove or Jergens, it tends to fade your tan faster.

Q.  Can I shave or wax my legs before tanning?
A.  Yes, you can not wax after a spray tan it will take your tan off your skin.  Shaving is fine before and after your spray tan.

Q.  Can I use moisturizer or deodorant before tanning?
A.  Yes & No. You can Moisturize a few hours before your appointment with a water based moisturizer, just do not use any moisturizer that contains mineral oil. No deodorant, you can wipe it off prior to your session.  Deodorant will turn your underarms green after your tan but will wash off after your first shower.

Q.  What should I wear after my spray tan?
A.  After tanning, you should wear loose fitting dark clothing (no jeans), and loose flip flops, with no socks.

Q.  Will the spray tan stain my clothes, bed sheets, and/or my car seat?
A.  You should wear long, dark pants or skirts (until your first shower) to protect any surface (in case of sweating) that you may come in contact with. (i.e. car seats, bed sheets, sofas, etc.) However, the tan will dry quickly and is water-based so it rarely transfers to clothing or bed sheets. If any color does get transferred, it can be easily washed and will not stain.  Lycra or spandex can be stained from the bronzer so avoid wearing the material until after your first shower.  It is a good idea to put a towel down on your car seat if you are wearing shorts, the bronzer can come off on the seat.

Q.  Does the spray tan dry fast?
A.  Yes. You will be dry in no more than 5 minutes.  You may feel sticky, and that is  the aloe in the product.

Q.  Can I work out right after tanning?
A.  No. Absolutely Not! After a minimum of 8 hours, take a shower and then you can resume your regular activities.

Q.  Does sunless spray tan contain sun screen?
A.  No. Your tan will not fully develop for 24 hours. Sunless spray tan is great for people with Rosacea who want to hide pink and red splotches.

Q. Can I Sleep in my spray tan?
A.  Yes you can sleep in your spray tan, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you wear long pajama pants and a long sleeved loose fitting shirt.  If you don't cover your skin when you sleep you run the risk of touching your body with your hands while you sleep, and it may rub off and smudge.

Q. What is DHA?
A. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective sunless tanning products contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA is a colorless chemical (it is derived from glycerin) that interacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to produce a brown color change. Since these dead skin cells are constantly being shed, the color change produced by DHA usually lasts about five to seven days. DHA is not absorbed through the skin into the body and it has no known toxicity. DHA was first discovered by the Germans in the late 1920's when DHA spilled on the skin produced a brown color. DHA has been listed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1973, and has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years.

Women - What you wear or don’t wear is completely up to you and your comfort level! You can either wear a swimsuit or undergarments, or you can get sprayed nude.

  • A Woman's Menstrual Cycle can affect your body's natural PH Balance and affect the way the spray tan solution reacts with your natural amino acids.  SOME women experience shorter spray tan duration or splotchy spots when getting a spray tan during menstruation.
  • Hormone Treatments such as Progesterone.
  • Clients with MS, Lupus and other autoimmune diseases can sometimes experience shortened longevity of their spray tan, or splotchy area's on the body. We have tested our V.I.P. solution on some of our clients with these diseases and they have experienced better longevity and a more even tan.
  • Band-Aid or adhesive tape applied to skin will pull the "tan" off.
  • Bar soaps, especially deodorant, or antibacterial varieties.
  • BHA Products (Beta Hydroxy Acids-salicylic acid).
  • Body hair bleach products will bleach the tan; non bleach skin lighteners are fine.
  • Bore type adhesive facial strips, or “peel-off” masks.
  • Bug spray, perfumes, body sprays when sprayed directly onto skin, can remove or fade the tan. Instead, spray clothing, or spray a "cloud" of spray that you can walk through, instead of directly onto skin.
  • Dove soap, and Dove Shower gel, will fade a tan faster, on some people.
  • Jergen's Body Lotion
  • Baby Oil
  • Facial masks and exfoliating scrubs.
  • Hair Inhibiting Lotions tend to make a sunless tan yellow.
  • If you exercise and sweat heavily your tan can fade faster, especially in body fold areas. (Arm bends, knee bends, between breasts, etc.)

Exfoliating with a salt or sugar scrub, or other appropriate product is recommended the day of, or the day before you sunless-tan. (Do not use products containing mineral oil). Exfoliating removes loose, dead, dry skin cells that prevent even application of sunless solution will improve and extend your tanning results. If you spray tan frequent, you only need to exfoliate every 28 days, or if you experience a bronzer build up on certain parts of the body.

  • If you do not wash your underarm deodorant off prior to your spray tan appointment your armpits might turn green when it mixes with the spray tan solution. Don't worry it is only stays green until your first shower and then it will wash off.  If you sweat while your spray tan is processing you run the risk of your spray tan streaking. It is recommended you shave the day of or the day before your tan. It is recommended you remove face makeup before the tanning process, (eye make-up is OK).
  • NEVER apply self tanning products prior to your spray tan.  All self tanning products other than Sun Zero Solutions should be avoided and not visible on your skin at the time of your spray tan.
  • Remove any jewelry when being sprayed.

Questions and Answers

  • Use only Water Based Moisturizer, Be sure to check your lotion does NOT contain MINERAL OIL.  Any lotion that does not contain mineral oil is recommended twice a day after your first shower.  Well sell a moisturizer that is made specifically for maintaining your spray tan.  Coconut oil is a good alternative as well.
  • Use only Soap and water in the shower, no wash cloth or loofah for the duration of your spray tan.
  • Pat your skin dry after the shower or sweating, no rubbing on your skin.
  • If you spray tan regularly, only exfoliate every 28 days or in the spots that may have bronzer build up.  It's recommended that you take 1 week off every 28 days to let your skin cells naturally regenerate.

The Following Products, Conditions or Medication can Lighten or Make a Spray Tan Splotchy: