Protect Your Spray Tan on Vacation

With vacation season at its peak, we wanted to share tanning tips for making your spray tan last longer during all of your summer adventures.

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Protecting your tan on vacation can be simple if you follow these steps:


A spray tan will not protect you from burning in the natural sun. You always want to use a water resistant, oil-free sunscreen. Although spray on sunscreen can be convenient, most of them don’t provide the water resistance needed to protect your tan against chlorine or salt water. Most spray on sunscreens typically contain mineral oil and alcohol which will strip down a spray tan. Apply Lotion SPF (80 min water resistance) 20 minutes before entering the water. This will create a barrier between your tan and the elements.  If you are consistently in the water, re-apply every 30-40 minutes to keep a strong barrier. If you are just dipping in and out to cool off you can re-apply every 1.5-2 hours. We highly suggest a lotion based sunscreen or the Neutrogena beach defense spray-on sunscreen. Whatever you pick, make sure it is OIL_FREE!

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  1. Rehydrate & Cleanse

After a long day out having fun, you want to make sure you shower and hydrate your body and add back moisture to your skin cells. You don’t want to sit for hours with chlorine and salt water sitting on your skin. It will dry you out. After your shower make sure to pat dry and moisturize

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  1. Refresh your tan

We totally understand you likely won’t be perfect with the sunscreen application and depending on your water activities you may have areas that fade slightly faster than others. Taking a tan extender with you is great for refreshing your color. Just apply it to the areas that need a boost at night before bed and wake up with a fresh and renewed tan! It has the solution in it so it will match your color perfect.

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  1. Protect Your Face!

Your face is a lot more sensitive and has a higher chance of burning.
Don’t forget to wear sunglasses and a hat for maximum protection. And drink your water 😉

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Congratulations to the class of 2022!

As soon-to-be graduates prepare for their trip down the auditorium aisle to receive their diplomas, many believe a glowing tan is a must-have accessory. However, the method by which that tan is achieved could mean the difference between bronze skin and a life-threatening disease.

The public is aware that sunburns can be particularly dangerous, but scientific evidence increasingly suggests there’s no such thing as a safe tan — particularly if that tan comes by way of baking in the sun or in a tanning bed.

Graduates who want a sun-kissed look for parties, senior week, graduation and other end-of-school events should consider custom airbrush spray tans  instead of sunbathing or tanning beds.

Superior Spray Tanning offers a Graduation Special to all of their 2022 graduates to glow during their graduation events!

Perfect glow for Prom night!

Make sure you have the perfect glow for Prom night!

Sunless tanning is the safest way to tan without harmful artificial UV rays and so long as you do your research, you won’t end up looking orange. For a guaranteed orange-free tan, airbrush tanning (as opposed to the less-expensive spray-tan booths) is the right option. Wherever you choose to go, make sure the professionals are using high-quality products and make sure they are true experts. Ask lots of questions!

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Many girls shy away from airbrush tanning because it has a stigma for bestowing upon its users an artificial-looking tan. That problem can be easily avoided. You want to look sun-kissed, not unnaturally dark. If you are fair-skinned, ask your professional to use the lightest shade available when getting your spray tan. Just like there are different-colored foundations to match your skin tone, there are also different-colored spray-tanning formulas.

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To ensure a longer-lasting, flawless spray tan, though, some legwork is required. We recommend that you exfoliate and complete any shaving, facials, manicures, or pedicures one day prior to your sessionAnd no makeup, moisturizer, deodorant, or perfume on the day of the spray tan. All of these things can prevent the tanning solution from completely contacting the skin.

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And as far as post-spray tan, optimum results are usually seen two days afterward. How you maintain your glow, though, is entirely up to you and what products you use. To ensure longevity, Superior Spray Tanning have tips for best-practice protocol, including: applying moisturizer twice a day after your first time showering , avoid lotions with glycolic acids (the acid will strip away the solution), avoid bar soaps and mild liquid soapsstay away from body scrubs, baths, and long showers, and, if you find yourself in a pool, Jacuzzi, or the ocean, make sure to carefully apply oil-free sunscreen to protect your tan!

Superior S[\pray Tanning offers a variety of prom packages!


Pick from one of the below packages and book your prom spray tan with Superior Spray Tanning!

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Happy New Year!

Superior Spray Tanning was glad to be back to somewhat normal in 2021 with proms, weddings, dances and vacations! We can’t wait to see what 2022 brings us and we hope to see all of our wonderful clients! We loved being a part of our bride’s special day and helping them glow as they walked down the aisle. We have enjoyed seeing many of our pageant, dance and cheer clients achieve their goals on stage glowing in their Superior Spray Tans. Spring is always very busy for us! We enjoyed celebrating with our high school clients in their important moments during prom and graduation. And we always enjoy catching up with our regular clients throughout the year and love meeting the new ones! We hope that you enjoyed your spray tan(s) in 2021 and hope to see all of you back in 2022.

Happy New Year!




This Christmas, cold tones can stay outside while you get the perfect tan as a gift for your friends or yourself. With the biggest holiday of the year just around the corner, Christmas is a time of joy and an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. Gift giving is the biggest tradition of the season but holiday shopping can turn into chaos as the date approaches. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, whether for yourself or a friend, a touch of color might be exactly what you’re looking for. Get a tan that will get you all the looks this season and choose your favorite way to get bronzed skin.

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Moisturize with Oil-Free Lotion

People are always asking me, “what is the best lotion to use after my spray tan?” Dry skin definitely makes it hard to keep your sunless tan looking fresh and smooth. Patchy skin shows in photographs.  To extend the life of your sunless tan moisturized skin is a MUST! The problem is that some lotions contain ingredients that during my many years of spraying, I have discovered don’t work well with sunless tans, whether you get a spray tan or you self-tan at home.

Lotion Ingredients that are bad for your spray tan:

  • Mineral oil
  • Alcohol
  • Fragrances
  • Dyes
  • Essential Oils

Essential oils that are in lotions or applied to the skin for aroma therapy can cause your spray tan to break down in the areas that you are applying the oils and can also cause problems with the essential oil residue causing an unsightly color change when you GET your spray tan.  Please make sure that you have removed all essential oil residue completely. Baking soda mixed into your mild shower wash will help to remove all traces of the oils before you come to your spray tanning appointment. And stop using the oils for at least 72 hours.

Staying away from these ingredients while wearing your sunless tan ensures that your pretty glow lasts as long as possible and fades smoothly. Both are good things.

Working Out with a Spray Tan

We all know spray tanning is a lot healthier alternative to keeping your summer glow year round. Plus it is a part of a lot of people’s weekly routine. We get the question often, “How do I keep my tan from coming off when I workout?” Tight sports bras, compression pants and all the movement can be rough on your tan but if you follow these simple tips you can still get your workout in while having a flawless tan!

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Step 1:

If you plan on working out the day of your tan, make sure to do so before your appointment. You will want to refrain from working out until after your first rinse. Sweating before your first rinse can cause your tan to not develop or streak.

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Step 2 :

Apply baby powder to areas that see the most friction before working out such as where your sports bra rubs, between the boobs, in creases of elbows and knees and insides of thighs. Apply powder heavier if you wear any kind of support or brace. All other areas can be lightly dusted.

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Make sure you are using a talc free deodorant. It keeps your underarms evenly tan. Always opt for a “clean scent”. High fragrance options can not only cause your tan to fade but sometimes the scent combination isn’t lovely.

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Always shower after your workout. When sweat drys on your skin it can cause your skin to dry out more. Make sure to use a hydrating natural body wash and moisturize after to re-hydrate your skin.

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Avoid saunas or hot yoga if at all possible or save it for your exfoliation day. They are extremely harsh on your tan and can cause it to exfoliate very quickly. Using a sauna or doing hot yoga can help the exfoliation process, doing this the night before your next tan can help prep for your next session but we highly recommend avoiding it while you are trying to extend your tan.


Keeping your day to day tan fresh while working out is easily possible by following these simple steps. If you are tanning for a special event such as a wedding or photo shoot we highly suggest using the day between your tan and the event as your rest day. Those super important days just aren’t worth the possible risk.

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Here are the spray-tan tips I wish someone had given me before my first spray tan….

Schedule smartly. Evening appointments are the most logical, since you can go after work, then scurry home and promptly seal yourself into your private chambers. After the session, you’re forbidden from getting wet for 8 to 10 hours while your tan is developing, so you’ll have to wait until the morning to shower. Morning appointments, however, are best if clients need to shower that evening. If you are getting spray-tanned for a special occasion, make the appointment for two days before, but consider a trial a month in advance before a big event, like a wedding.

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Prep your skin, part one. Always exfoliate with a non-oil-based scrub before a spray tan. It is best to do this the day of your scheduled appointment, but the day before is fine, too.  Acceptable forms of exfoliation: scrubbing gently with a creamy formula, shaving the day before (always use new razor blades to avoid a situation where your tan fades unevenly), or waxing a few days before.

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Dress down. Pack some scrubby, loose-fitting clothes to wear home from your appointment. (Don’t breeze in wearing nothing but your dry-clean-only career-girl clothes). No wiggling into leggings, tights, skinny jeans, or any formfitting clothes (you should even try not to put your bra back on), or your bronze will look like a remnant from your vacation to Streak City. For footwear, wear loose sneakers with no socks, ballet flats, or any kind of slide-on shoes. Prior to your session, anything is fine; just remember any clothing that indents your skin beforehand will indent your tan afterward.

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Prepare your skin, part two. Wash your face before your appointment, and wipe your body down with a cleansing towelette. You want to come in with clean, fresh skin, so no moisturizers, deodorants, sunscreens, makeup, or oils of any kind. And since you won’t be showering—or washing your face—after, taking off all your makeup just makes good sense. (And check the weather, because if an unexpected rainstorm hits and you are not fully equipped with protective covering, you should reschedule the appointment.)

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Shower time! Once your 10 hours are up, shower with lukewarm to cool water, never hot. Wait until the water runs clear, then pat dry and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

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Maintain. The more hydrated your skin is, the longer the tan will last. I suggest moisturizing morning and evening with an oil-free moisturizing formula. You should avoid getting full-on manicures or pedicures, as they’ll break down the tan. Polish changes are OK, but “no scrubbing, bubbles, soaks, massages, or hot water.” Working out is fine, but it’s best to wait at least two days before exercising, as heavy sweating removes the color sooner. If workouts can be avoided, they should be (I guess that’s why they say if you can’t tone it, tan it).

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