Spray Tan Preparation

Sunless Maintenance: Make the Most of Your Spray Tan

Preparing for your spray tan correctly and then maintaining well makes all the difference in the world. Follow these easy steps to make sure you get the most out of your session. 24-48 HOURS PRIOR TO SESSIONeXmitt 3 pack and single

  • Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. We cannot overstress the importance of pre-session exfoliation. 24-hour prior to your appointment, clear away any dry, dead skin cells with a pH balancing exfoliating scrub such as Amber Sun Body Scrub. For extreme areas, use a deep exfoliator, such as Sea Coral Salt Scrub, no less than 24-hours prior to your spray tan session.
  • Avoid using bar soaps, high pH shower products, or in-shower moisturizers. These products can neutralize the DHA bronzing reaction within the skin.
  • Any waxing or shaving should be completed 24-hours prior to session.
  • If you’re unable to complete this preparation beforehand, don’t fret: Norvell makes an exfoliating eXmitt that will balance the pH of your skin and exfoliate sufficiently before your session. An eXmitt is included with each sunless session. We still suggest following these prep instructions as much as possible. The eXmitt just insures sunless success.


  • Don’t Create Sunless Barriers You do not want to apply anything to the skin that may act as a barrier between the sunless solution and the skin. Deep penetration is key to a beautiful, lasting spray tan. Do not apply lotions, creams, or perfumes prior to session. Use¬†deodorant¬†sparingly.
  • Remove any make-up prior to sunless application.
  • Wear loose fitting dark clothing and remove jewelry. Tight clothing can rub or smear bronzers, especially around the knees, elbows, and waist. Keep in mind that what you wear to your session dictates the tan lines you’ll have. We suggest wearing the smallest outfit you’re comfortable with. A two-piece swimsuit for ladies is perfect, and briefs or boxer briefs are ideal for men. The clothing you wear to your session will not be ruined – the cosmetic bronzer washes out of clothing effortlessly. However, we do still suggest wearing dark clothing when possible.

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