What should I do 24 hours before my custom spray tan?

Shave or wax off unwanted body hair.

Get a good shave or body wax before your airbrush tan, so your skin is primed to receive great results. Guys, note that you can still get a great tan with body hair intact.

Schedule your manicure and/or pedicure.

Complete your healthy look and pamper your digits prior to your airbrush tan. Be sure to shower after your nails are dry to remove excess oils from your skin.

Shower and lightly exfoliate your body.

This important step removes dead skin and helps extend your tan. Please don’t go overboard with rough exfoliation. Be nice to your skin.

What should I do immediately before my custom spray tan?

Skin should be clean and dry.

Do not apply to your skin like moisturizer, deodorant/antiperspirant, body oil, shaving cream or makeup. Any dry areas will be addressed during your sunless tanning service.

Bring snug swimsuit or underwear.

Bottoms are required during your sunless tanning session. Tops are optional. Wool, Lycra, nylon, spandex or silk may stain. Also be sure to remove jewelry and pull hair back. Wear dark and loose clothing as well as loose shoes with socks or flip flops.

What should I expect during my custom spray tan?

Relax…you’re in good hands with Ortanic!

Your highly trained Aesthetic Skin Consultant is a licensed esthetician with an extensive background. Your ASC will assess your skin type, tone, history, and habits before formulating a custom spray tanning formula that will complement your unique skin tone for the most natural-looking tan.

We use only the latest airbrush technology which atomizes the tanning solution into a very fine mist. Your spray tan application is finished with professional skin shading and body-contouring to enhance your best assets.

Our modern Spa setting makes you feel right at home instantly, so relax, and enjoy a truly unique and custom experience.

Strike a pose.

During your spray tanning service, your Aesthetic Skin Consultant will gently guide you to stand in a specific series of positions. Your spray tan will be meticulously applied and contoured to your body.

Buffer your hot zones.

Before your spray tanning session is complete, your Aesthetic Skin Consultant will apply baby powder to your “hot zones” (inner elbows, behind knees, décolletage, under arms and neck). This will act as a buffer until your first shower, which prevents premature fading in these potentially “sweaty” areas.

What should I do immediately after my custom spray tan?

Avoid showering as well as strenuous or aquatic-based physical activity for at least 8 hours.

Results are immediate but will continue to develop over the next 8 hours. Refrain from physical activity that causes you to sweat or become wet. This includes swimming, sauna/steam sessions and massage.

Wear dark, loose fitting clothing while your tan is developing.

Ideally wear cotton and not synthetic fiber clothing. Refrain from wearing tight fitting bras, sports bras or shoes.

What should I do 8 hours after my custom spray tan?

After 8 hours, take a light warm shower.

Wash with a mild shower gel and simply rinse the extra airbrush solution off the surface of your skin. Do not exfoliate your skin during this shower. Gently pat yourself dry. Do not rub yourself dry.

Shaving after your tan speeds up the exfoliation process and shortens your tan

This causes your tan to start to fade. When shaving, be sure to use a fresh blade with a light touch to minimize exfoliation and extend the life of your tan.

Refrain from body waxing.

It is not recommended to wax off unwanted body hair while you have your airbrush tan as it is an exfoliant that will cause your tan to fade quickly.

Enjoy your healthy glow for the next 5-7 days.

Continue reading the FAQ to best maintain your tan during this period.

What are some tips for maintaining and extending the life of my custom spray tan?

Limit skin exfoliation. Gently cleanse with a body wash instead of bar soap. Loosen any tight straps during your workouts. Apply baby powder to these friction points and also your “hot zones” (inner elbows, behind knees, décolletage, under arms and neck). A little baby powder in your socks won’t hurt either.

Hydrate and moisturize

Drink plenty of water and moisturize twice daily with a non-oily product. Moisturizing is key to keeping your Ortanic lasting as long as possible.

Spray Tan Extenders

Apply in moderation 1-2 times per week at most. Overuse may make your tan look brass-toned.


Use a fresh blade with a light touch to minimize exfoliation and extend the life of your tan.


Use dry oil or cream based SPF. Avoid heavy oil-based SPF.

Ready to tan smart? Book your custom airbrush tanning appointment today.