How to Get the Most Out of Your Spray Tan

How to Get the Most Out of Your Spray Tan

How to Get the Most Out of Your Spray Tan



Exfoliate 24-48 hours prior to the airbrush service. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to reveal a smooth surface for an even application. Make sure your pores are clean and closed prior to the tan. Makeup, deodorant and some exfoliant products may contain oils and cremes. These ingredients can act as a barrier blocking the tan, causing an uneven tan or create discolouration. Keep moisturizing to a minimum, only targeting direness to avoid overdevelopment in these areas.

If you cannot exfoliate the day prior to your tan and you must do it the day of, use a wet wash cloth with soap and water. Rub lightly. You should never spray on irritated skin. Along with exfoliating, services such as nails, hair and waxing are highly recommended to be done 24 hours in advance as they can affect your tan.

We do not recommend receiving nail services after your spray tan unless it is a dry mani/pedi. Soaking or scrubbing will remove the tan prematurely with noticeable unevenness.


Keep in mind you cannot get wet for 8-10 hours after your airbrush service. Follow theses steps to be prepared for the day of your session

  • Start within, hydration is the key to moisturized skin! Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day to hydrate the body and skin
  • The undergarments you choose to wear will ultimately determine your tan-lines, choose wisely or opt to go garment free
  • The clothing you choose to wear will be your outfit of the day, choose dark, loose fitting garments and pair with sandals.
  • Do not wear white, denim, silk, or materials which do not breath 
  • Avoid closed shoes, socks, tight fitting pants, tops or bras as they can cause streaking and lines
  • Avoid using soaps, oil based products, deodorants, and perfumes the day of service as these can act as a barrier to the active ingredient in sunless solutions (DHA). Instead remove residues with only water and your hands.
  • Liquid makeup can also disrupt the development process, do not wash your hands or face until you are ready to rinse your entire body


Hydration is the key factor to maintaining a great spray tan. Remember to shower as directed by the technician. When you shower will directly affect the depth of your skin tone, too soon and the tan may be too light, leave it on too long and some solutions may over develop. The first rinse should simply be water - no soaps or shampoos.

Constantly hydrate the skin inside and out by drinking plenty of water and moisturizing 1-2 times per day. For best results, preserve a spray tan with products that are water based and oil-free.

Soaps and shampoos will affect the longevity of a spray tan. Harsh ingredients will slowly strip the tan, which is why we always recommend oil free products.

Minimize the use of exfoliation and shaving as much as possible as they may begin to remove a tan.

Exposure to chemicals such as chlorine and salt-water can act as an exfoliator and the tan may not last as long.

The most common reason a tan begins to fade is friction. Activities involving excessive sweating can cause friction potentially removing the tan.


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The Leading Cause of Spray Tan Fade

The Leading Cause of Spray Tan Fade

The Leading Cause of Spray Tan Fade

Friction is the culprit of an uneven, blotchy, fading tan. Lucky with a little awareness, friction can be prevented. Everyday our skin cells come in contact with many materials. Whether you are changing your clothes, carrying a purse, or simply fastening your seatbelt, friction occur causing these skin cells to rub off. The average person sheds 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells a day.. Within 28 days, the skin will naturally renews itself. This skin cycle is why spray tans typically last up to 10 days since spray tans are a result of DHA reacting with amino acids in the outermost layer of your skin know as the epidermis. Active spray tanners will tell you we must take extra care of our skin to preserve the longevity our our tans.

We know hydration is the most important step to maintaining a tan. However, our skin often is the last organ to rep those benefits. Find out how much daily water intake is right for you and be sure to drink consistently throughout the day.

Long hot showers are harsh on the skin. Heat removes natural oils leaving you dry and itchy. Keep showers short and stick to warm water and shaving to a minimum. AVOID FRICTION: pat skin dry. Rubbing at skin fresh out of the shower can not only irritate your skin but will prematurely break up the spray tan, affecting its lifespan.

Moisturize twice a day. Try to apply moisturizer the first few minutes after bathing while your skin is still slightly damp to lock in moisture. When your skin is smooth and hydrated VS rough and dry there is less chance of friction disturbing the tan.

Start with an even surface by gently exfoliating 24 hours prior to the airbrush service. Even prepped skin will give you lasting results from the start. Since skin sheds so frequently, if you do not exfoliate you are at risk to loose colour faster than expected.

Follow these tips to stay gold!

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Why Get a Spray Tan

Why Get a Spray Tan

Why Get a Spray Tan

There is no right or wrong time to get a spray tan. Our regular clients will tell you they don’t need any reason to book a spray tan other than to stay gold year round. Most people stay away from sunless solitons in fear of the dreaded orange-hue (See Why Does Spray Tanning Turn You Orange). Ingredients in sunless solutions have come a long way since the 1950’s meaning the archival ways of spray tanning and orange hues are long gone. If you have never tired a spray tan, but have considered trying it, here are the most common reasons to get a spray tan.


We said it before and we’ll say it again, UV rays can put your health at risk for cancer. Sunless solutions are 100% UV-free, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) reacts with the amino acids of the outermost layer of the skin. Cancer free luminous results is one of the top reasons people feel more inclined to try spray tanning.


Everyones vision of what they think looks best is different. Maybe you have fair skin and desire a light glow, or you have rich olive skin and would prefer extra dark. Spray tanning is fully customizable from the hue to the depth in colour. In no time, spray tan technicians are able to see your vision and customize the best match for your desired skin tone.

Vacations & Beach Season

Although chemicals such a chlorine can act as an exfoliant poetically wearing away at spray tans, vacations and beach season are the best time to get a spray tan. Avoid dangerous UV rays and relax at your final destination with already sun-kissed skin.

Even Out Tan Lines

We all know tan lines are easy to achieve sometimes without even noticing. Spray tans can help even out tan lines by coating the entire body in the same colour. The tan lines appear more blended and less harsh overall. Getting a spray tan as a base is another way to avoid dreaded tan lines.


No wedding is complete without everyone looking their best. Most bridal parties will opt for group spray tans prior to the wedding, this is a great way to quickly enhance everyones natural skin tone leaving everyone to not only look but feel their best!


There are countless of reasons to be photo ready. It could be time for annual family photos, maybe you have prom coming up, or you want to step up your selfie game. Certified spray tan technicians will customize the best match for your skin that will even tones and boost confidence. A flawless spray tan will keep you picture perfect.


First impressions can make anyone nervous. Often clients will choose to try a spray tan before a new date.  A spray tan can help clients feel their best by giving confidence in their overall appearance. Picking the right outfit is much easier when you feel great about yourself, which can help great first impressions.

School-Related Events: Prom & Graduation

Often people try spray tanning for the first time during grad season. Spray tans are best way to naturally enhance your skin tone, which in turn enhances the overall look. With plenty of photographers capturing this special moment, a sun-kissed glow compliments gowns and chic hairstyles tying is formal look together for the most memorable milestone. 

Skin Which Does Not Tan Naturally

Fair skin completions often struggle to achieve sun-kissed skin as their skin usually turns red and burns upon sun exposer. If you have fair skin, sunless tanning is the best option to achieve a naturally darker hue matched for your skin tone.


Body sculpting can help create the illusion of enhanced muscle definition. Athletes in sports such a Body Building, Dancing and Cheerleading will commonly try a spray tan session prior to big events to accentuate their hard work throughout the season. Body sculpting is not limited to athletes. Should you choose to try body sculpting, our master spray tans technicians are trained to contour the body for flawless toned results.


If you want healthier skin stop looking for more answers. Avoid the sun, stay hydrated and try spray tanning!

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Why Does Spray Tanning Turn You Orange?

Why Does Spray Tanning Turn You Orange?

Why Does Spray Tanning Turn You Orange?

Spray Tanning can turn you orange but do not be alarmed. Usually, this is a result of a technicians error. 

Each sunless solution work differently on different skin tones. This is why it is important to source a reputable experienced brand for professional results. Over spraying a client  with too dark of a solution can over expose their tan, casting an orange tint on the skin resulting in a not so natural tan. Drier areas such as hands, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet must be sprayed with light precision as they are prone to buildup. It is up to the technicians preference whether to use barrier creams in these areas or not. Barrier creams can keep penetration on the skin to a minimum. Alligator skin, uneven fading and patchiness can also be a result of over applying solution. We recommend 1-2 coats of reputable solution per client to ensure a natural match skin tone. Instant Cosmetic Bronzers can be misleading as they do not determine the final outcome of colour, it is always better to be too light than too dark! Stay up to date and do research on the quality of products used at home or in salon. Quality product with proper usage will not leave you orange, but instead give desired skin-kissed results.

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UV Rays VS Spray Tans

UV Rays VS Spray Tans

UV Rays VS Spray Tans

There is no doubt about it, sun exposure affects your health. Worldwide, there are more Skin Cancer cases due to indoor tanning and sun exposure than there are lung cancer cases due to smoking. We compromised a list of 5 reasons why Spray Tanning is better than indoor tanning and sun exposure.

  1. Save Time

A spray tan sessions takes as little as 20 minutes from start to finish. Results will appear within the first 4 hours as the solution develops. Most sunless solutions contain Instant Cosmetic Bronzers. This means if you are in a hurry to darken your skin tone you will see results immediately after your spray tan session. Cosmetic Bronzers are like makeup, they will wash away after the first rinse revealing your custom sun kissed glow. These results can take hours to achieve outdoors or in a tanning bed.

  1. Match Your Skin Tone

You can achieve a custom level of colour with your technician from choosing the depth and tone of the solution specifically matched for your skin.

  1. Promote Healthier Skin

Overall, spray tans as an alternative to UV rays will reduce the risk of skin cancer.  The active ingredient (DHA) in sunless solutionsonly reacts with the outermost layer of the skin provides hydration, antioxidant benefits, and. Harmful UV rays from tanning beds penetrate deep in the skin and can cause infection or illness if not properly cleaned in between clients. With a spray tan there is no burning, no redness, and no recovery time. 

  1. Prevent Premature Aging

Prolonged UV exposure from tanning beds or the suns UV rays prematurely ages your skin. After only one session with UV rays you are instantly at risk for harmful effects such as burns, visible skin damage, wrinkles, fine lines, dull/dry skin, and a leathery look. Age spots, discolouration, and rough patches also may form which can lead to skin cancer.

  1. Protect Your Eyes

While genetics is a primary reason cataract develop, excessive sun exposure can also cause clouding of clear eye lenses. To prevent this, when outdoors stay out of direct sunlight and wear sunglasses.


At Bronzed by Bloom, we promote the healthiest hydrated tan with our FDA approved natural solution.

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It’s every bride’s dream to have beautiful glowing skin on her wedding day. At BBB, we understand how much work goes into getting ready: perfect hair, nails, makeup, and let's not forget that gorgeous dress that fits just right.

One thing we don’t want you to stress about is getting a tan for your wedding. We have formulated techniques to help achieve that flawless however always subtle glow for that very special day. 

If turning orange is your worst nightmare, I would suggest if using any sunless tanning product (spray tan or self tanner)  to always stick a light shade. We never suggest brides to get dark tans for their wedding day, you will be in front of professional cameras and videographers and the lighting used will always make you appear shades darker. There is nothing stunning about a bride that is to dark - so our expertise advice warns you to stray away from dark tanning!

Our BRONZED by bloom solution is formulated with unique blends of anti-orange bronzer pigments for a perfect tan that enhances your skin tone. You can also book a trial tan, which we always suggest for our brides this way you can see the results and have an expectation for your big day. It also makes the job for your makeup artist so much easier if they know what tone your skin will the day of. 

For the most flawless ad even, natural-looking tan you’ll want to shave, wax and exfoliate 12-24 hours before your spray tan appointment. For more about information about how to easily prepare, check out our blog The Best Pre Game Steps for your Spray Tan.

We always recommend going to your appointment wearing dark and loose clothing. During your session, you can wear undergarments, or go naked to avoid tan lines—totally up to you!

With all of the planning and prepping you need to do before your big day, rest assured that BBB choice among sunless tanning products. With Bronzed by Bloom, you’ll walk down the aisle with a gorgeous natural-looking tan from head to toe.

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You know what they say — “By failing to prepare, you are preparing for failure”. And I’ll let you in on a little secret… preparing for a spray tan is no different. Getting the perfect golden glow requires a knowledgable technician, the right solution for your skin tone (hyperlink to other blog) and some pre-tan due diligence on your part to prep your skin for the best possible result.

I get asked all the time; “Is it possible to get a spray tan weekly, as part of my regular beauty regime?” The answer is, undoubtedly, yes — I am living proof of this, in fact. By no means do spray tans need to be reserved only for special occasions, after all, what’s better than keeping that bronzed look all year round’ (without the sun damage)?

However, while regular spray tans are entirely within your reach, this does require frequent preparation of your skin prior to each tan to ensure it fades out evenly and flawlessly every time. 

Truth be told, I think there are a few too many misconceptions regarding (proper) spray tan expectations. All good things must come to an end, and the true lifetime of a quality spray tan should (contrary to popular belief, perhaps) only be 7 days. Any results hanging on beyond a week are considered the effect of a build up of dead skin. And as you can imagine, keeping dead skin on your body isn’t in your best interest — as this is indicative of rough, dehydrated skin. Instead, you should expect the gradual, flawless fade-out where, if any spray tan “residue” is left behind, it is easily removed using an exfoliant mitt or tan eraser. If you ever feel like you have to practically burn layers of your skin off simply trying to remove an old tan — well, I’ll be the first to tell you that the solution used was likely poor quality or oil-based. In either case, it’s not something I would recommend putting on your skin.

So, let’s get down to the good stuff. How can you truly get the most out of your sunless tan; the best bronze for your buck, so to speak? First things first — let’s establish a basic understanding of what a spray tan really entails. Contrary to popular belief, a spray tan isn’t a ‘paint-like’ product or magical, make-up infused illusion. There is actually a biochemical reaction happening between DHA (the main ingredient in any spray tan solution) and the protein and amino acids found in the ‘epidermis’ layer of your skin. DHA interacts directly with that layer skin, acting as an active ingredient, and turns skin cells nearing the end of their life cycle brown. DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is an all natural, vegan and organic compound cultivated from the Glycerin found in sugar beats. Interestingly enough, DHA’s discovery was an accident of sorts, realized in the 1920’s when a German scientist accidentally dropped it on a patient during a study. 

Now, back to the lifespan of your sunless tan — why is the colour temporary? Well, unlike UV rays that penetrate into deeper layers of the skin (and therefore create lasting sun damage) DHA only affects the outermost layer of your skin (the epidermis). This process is 100% safe, and the tan can be expected to last as long as that top layer of skin (which is determined by your own, personal skin cycle). According to research, humans shed their dead skin at the rate of 0.001 – 0.003 ounces of skin flakes every hour — if only we could shed our problems just as quickly… am I right?


Spray tan or no spray tan, exfoliating should be a regular part of your regular skincare routine. But it’s especially important when it comes time to prep for your upcoming tan. Aside from ‘buffing’ your skin into a clean slate, exfoliating cleans your pores and removes unwanted residue from soap that could work as a barrier between your skin and the spray tan solution. It also removes shampoos, fragrances or anything that can affect or alter your PH levels found in your skin. Plain and simple, the fresher your skin is, the better your tan will look and the longer your tan with last. And of course, if you’re a frequent tanner, exfoliating will ensure you’ve removed any residue left from your previous tan. The best part? By exfoliating properly, you can extend the life of your tan by up to three days!


WARNING: It is important to always avoid PH Balancing Sprays, ‘Prep’ sprays and barrier creams. Some spray tan artists and salon owners may try to up-sell clients on these products, claiming they are vital to the application and longevity of your tan. Don’t be fooled — these are typically a cash grab that will actually negatively impact your results. Anything that is sprayed or applied to your skin prior to your spray tan service can create a barrier between, which prevents the tanning solution from effectively adhering to your skin in those areas. Not only can this create a blotchy or uneven tan where the DHA didn’t activate properly, but it can result in a faster fade out. 


If you plan to shower and shave the morning of your scheduled tan, be sure to do so a few hours before your appointment (and leave time to exfoliate your skin afterwards). As we know, shaving opens up the pores of your skin and shaving cream can leave behind a residue that isn’t conducive to the adherence of spray tan solution. If you absolutely must shave before your tan, do so with lukewarm water, a brand new razor and, ideally, an oil-free shaving cream.


As you might imagine, sunburned/peeling skin doesn’t make for an ideal spray tan canvas. Why? Because a sunburn will create a noticeably blotchy effect the moment your spin peels off. In fact, the results are often so unpredictable (and terrible) that most professional spray tan artist will refuse to spray you if you’ve been recently burned. My best advice? Wait until after your skin has totally recovered from your sun burn before booking your next spray tan, and always wear sunscreen to avoid getting the burn in the first place. Your skin — and your spray tan — will thank you. 


Listen, I know that leaving our house sans cream/make-up can be a daunting concept for most of us. Unfortunately, these products act as a barrier to DHA, so if you really want the most out of your tan, you should arrive entirely fresh faced. If this isn’t an ideal scenario for you, don’t worry, that’s why we have mobile spray tanning services that come right to your house. 



Unless chemical-green pits is the look you’re going for, applying deodorant before your tanning appointment is something you should avoid. There is something that happens to the cosmetic guide when it interacts with the ingredients found in antiperspirant, and let’s just say the results aren’t ideal at first glance. However don’t fret, should this happen to you, the green residue should wash away once you shower.


No white pants after Labour Day, and certainly no white pants after a spray tan — or any tight pants for that matter. For best results, come to your appointment dressed in dark, loose clothing to avoid the material of your clothes sucking up any DHA off your skin and resulting in a lighter tan than you hoped for.

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