Airbrush Tan by Shan | TAN/PREP Q&A
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Preparing for your tan is an important step in making sure you can receive the best spray tan in Tampa. Airbrush Tan by Shan’s flawless technique along with proper preparation is key to having a long lasting, golden glow.

Your skin should be free and clear of any and all products. No lotions, deodorants, make-up, or oils should be applied before your appointment. Be sure to let me know if you have lotion or deodorant on before your tan.

Shave and exfoliate before your tan. This is important because it helps your tan go on evenly as well as get rid of dry patches on your skin. It is important NOT to use razors with a shea butter strip or any other built in moisturizers as they can affect the application of your tan. Be sure to lightly wash your body after exfoliating with soap.

Wear dark loose fitting clothes. The solution I use has a bronzer that will wash off after your first shower. The bronzer can rub onto your clothes which is why I recommend dark colors. If you have light colored seats in your car you may want to bring a towel to sit on for your drive home.

Bring a dark swimsuit or undergarment to wear during session if you prefer not to be nude.

Book all pedicures, facials and hair appointments before spray tan session. Hair will be pulled back in ponytail or clip during spray tan. A protective hair cap will be provided.

Remove contact lenses and all jewelry.

Be prepared to refrain from sweating, exercising, bathing or showering for at least 8 hours for a regular tan or between 2-6 hours after a rapid spray tan. If you opt for a rapid tan I will advise how long you should keep it on for your skin type.

Lastly, prepare to receive the best spray tan in Tampa, South Tampa, Odessa, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Lutz, Carrollwood, West Chase, and any other neighboring city.

Keeping your skin moisturized is the most important step in preserving the life of your tan. I have a highly recommend moisturizer which I will show you during your session. If you'd like to extend your tan for as long as possible I also have a tan extender available for purchase.

After showering (avoid hot baths and hot tubs) make sure to pat your skin dry. Do not rub or scrub your skin in a harsh manner. This will make your tan fade faster.

If you are going in a pool, lake or ocean using a sunblock before getting in the water is helpful. The sunblock acts as a barrier between the water and the tan. Make sure it is a lotion type sunscreen and not a spray on.

Refrain from exfoliating as this will take off your tan.

Shaving exfoliates the skin which removes the tan faster. Make sure you are using a new, clean razor before shaving.


  1. A women’s tan may develop differently depending on hormonal changes (ovulation, menstruation, and pregnancy). While not common, hormones may cause streakiness, patchiness, uneven fade, or produce little to no color.
  2. AHA products (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Glycolic, Lactic, Malic, Citric, and Tartaric acids)
  3. Anti-acne products that exfoliate or dry the skin – Accutane, and Salicylic acid, can affect tan fading. Skin also peels, which can look unacceptable, especially with a tan. Antibiotics or other medications that affect your skin, can also affect your tan.
  4. Anti-aging products that “renew” or “refresh” or otherwise exfoliate skin.
  5. Band-Aids or adhesive tape applied to skin will pull the “tan” off.
  6. Bar soaps, especially deodorant, or antibacterial varieties. One bar soap and/or shower gel in particular is Dove. Curel lotions also have been known to ruin a tan.
  7. BHA Products (Beta Hydroxy Acids-salicylic acid)
  8. Body hair bleach products will bleach the tan, non-bleach skin lighteners are fine.
  9. Bore type adhesive facial strips, or “peel-off” masks
  10. 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.
  11. Facial masks and exfoliating scrubs. It is recommended that you do these before a spray tan.
  12. Hair Inhibiting Lotions (Jergens, etc.) tend to make a sunless tan yellow.
  13. If you exercise and sweat heavily your tan can fade faster, especially in body fold areas. (arm bends, knee bends, between breasts etc.)