Shower After Spray Tan? | Complete Guide

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Shower After Spray Tan Complete Guide

People who take tanning sessions or use spray tan often ask us whether we should take a shower or not. 

The answer is yes! You can take a shower but there are other important questions such as how and when to shower after spray tan. This is what the topic of our blog is today. In this article, we will guide you on how to take shower after spray tan. So, without wasting time let’s get into the guide:

How long to wait to shower after spray tan?

One of the most common questions people ask after getting a spray tan is “When to shower after a spray tan?” We recommend waiting at least 4-8 hours after tanning before taking your first shower, but don’t wait more than 24 hours.

When you first take your shower you will notice a golden glow going down the drain, but don’t worry! It was the tan spray that was washing off. But when you step out, you’ll still look bronzed. 

When we say to wait at least 4 hours after you use spray tan before showering, we also mean staying away from all moisture. This includes exercising and sweating, moisturizing your skin, applying liquid foundation, or anything else that could make your tan wet or washes off. The first few hours are very important because the first few hours of tan are in the developing stage and any excess moisture can prevent the solution from adhering properly to your skin.

How to shower after spray tan?

Now that you understand when you can shower after tanning, let’s talk about how to take a shower. If you like a long, hot, foamy shower, we have bad news for your tan. When you are taking your first shower after spray tan uses warm water, an oil-free body washes, and ideally, speeds it up.

Another tip when showering after a spray tan is to not scrub your body too hard. Exfoliating will only be good if you want to completely remove the tanning effect and want to prepare your skin for a new tanning session. But showering right after a spray tan is not the time for harsh scrubbing or peeling. Instead, gently use the back of your hand with an oil-free cleanser to rinse off the surface solution. Avoid soaps or soaps that strip your skin of harsh chemicals.

When you get out of the shower, pat yourself dry instead of rubbing. Now that you’re so fresh and so clean, you can moisturize and lock in your tan. We recommend moisturizing twice a day to give your skin a bronzed glow.

Additional tips for shower after spray tan

We discussed everything about showering after tanning. Now let’s look at some additional spray tan care tips to help you stay bronzed and beautiful for up to two weeks:

  1. Get all your other beauty services like nails, waxing, or massage before your tan.
  2. Wax at least 24 hours before the appointment. The wax can remain on the skin, making the spray tan more difficult to maintain.
  3. Exfoliate in the shower at least 4 hours before spraying. This helps the sunscreen adhere to your skin, but also gives your pores enough time to re-close for an even color.
  4. When you exfoliate, make sure you use an exfoliator that is oil-free and made with organic ingredients.
  5. Shave at least 4 hours before your appointment.
  6. When you go for a tanning session, make sure you are not wearing any lotions or makeup.
  7. Moisturize in the morning and evening after tanning.
  8. From day 3, use our Tan Extender as your primary moisturizer.

To preserve your tan, avoid swimming, long showers, baths, steam baths, and saunas. These are post-spray tan care.

How long does a spray tan take?

The duration of a spray tan session typically depends on several factors, including the type of spray tan solution used, the equipment being utilized, and the skill of the technician applying the tan. On average, a spray tan session takes around 10 to 20 minutes to complete.

However, it’s essential to keep in mind that this time frame includes the application of the tanning solution and a few moments to allow it to dry. Some spray tan solutions may require a longer drying time, while others may dry more quickly.

Additionally, if you have any specific instructions or preferences for the darkness of the tan, the technician might adjust the number of passes or the amount of solution applied, which can affect the overall time.

How long does a spray tan take
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It’s essential to communicate your desired tan level and any time constraints you may have with the technician beforehand. This way, they can tailor the spray tan application to your preferences while ensuring a natural and even result. Remember that the tan will develop gradually over the next few hours after the session, so be patient and follow any aftercare instructions provided by the technician for the best and longest-lasting results.

Can you shower before a spray tan?

Certainly! Before getting a spray tan, it is essential to shower thoroughly. Showering before a spray tan helps to remove any existing oils, lotions, or residue on the skin, ensuring a clean and smooth canvas for the tan to adhere to. It also helps to open up the pores, allowing the tanning solution to penetrate evenly and deeply into the skin, resulting in a more natural and long-lasting tan.

Additionally, showering before the session can aid in preventing any potential uneven patches or streaks, giving you a flawless tan that looks like a sun-kissed glow. Remember to avoid using any oil-based products or moisturizers after the shower, as they can act as barriers to the tanning solution, hindering its effectiveness.

By following these steps and showering before your spray tan, you’ll achieve the best possible results and enjoy a beautiful, golden tan that lasts.


  1. How long does a spray tan take to develop?

    Spray tan usually takes around 4 to 5 hours to develop.

  2. How long to leave spray tan on?

    You can leave the spray tan max 12 hours.

  3. Can I wait 12 hours to shower after spray tan?

    No, you don’t have to wait that long the recommended wait is 4 to 5 hours.

  4. How to shower after fake tan?

    Avoid using soaps and instead, use oil-free body wash. After that don’t rub the towel your body instead gently pat the towel.

  5. Does tan continue to develop after washing it off?

    Yes, the tan will continue to develop after washing but it will take around 8 hours.

  6. How long does a spray tan take to dry?

    It usually takes around 1 to 2 hours to dry the spray tan.


A spray tan is one of the fastest and quickest ways to get a glowing natural tan effect. But while using the spray tan many people ask the question: “When to shower after a spray tan?” and here we have answered it. In addition, we’ve also provided tips and tricks on how to shower accurately. These after-tan care tips will help you get the most out of your tan. So, do share your experience after following our tips.

That was all the tips on how to get tan fast. If you have any other suggestion or query in your mind feel free to let us know in the comment section or simple email us at

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