For best results, exfoliate your skin, wax, sugar, or shave before your appointment. Exfoliate using non-oil-based products (avoid Dove soap, oils, salt scrubs, shea butter, shaving cream, etc.). While exfoliating focus on dry patches, tougher areas such as knees and elbows. This promotes an even coverage and lengthens the duration of your tan by removing any dead skin cells that would otherwise flake off.
Make sure any beauty treatments (waxing, manicures, pedicures, massages, etc.) are completed the day before your tan. These treatments involve exfoliating or hair removal that may cause drastic fading of your tan. It helps to remove all makeup, lotion, and deodorant as these items work as barriers to the spray. You must wait 24 hours after a hair removal service prior to being able to receive a spray tan.
Finally, wear dark, loose-fitting clothing. While the bronzer will wash out of most clothing, it may stain some fabrics. Please be prepared that placing your bra on after a spray tan may cause streaking or a splotchy outcome. We recommend leaving bra-free.
It’s better to err on the side of caution as The Wax Room Salem is not responsible for any clothing damage that may occur.
Post Spray Tan
Most importantly- Wait at least 2 hours before getting skin wet. (3 hours for a little darker) This includes showering, swimming, working out, beauty treatments, etc. Any activities that could wash or rub the spray off the skin (friction) can cause an uneven or splotchy tan. You will only rinse your body the first time. DO NOT USE SOAP.
Once the tan is fully developed, it is completely safe to resume normal activities.
The first time you shower after your tan, it is perfectly normal to see the cosmetic bronzer come off in the water. Don’t worry, your tan isn’t washing off- it’s only the cosmetic, or “instant,” portion of the tan. DO NOT USE SOAP your first shower. The first shower should only be to rinse the bronzer of the skin.
Underneath the cosmetic portion, your skin has developed the nice bronze color that will last for 7-10 days. For best results, use a mild soap and lotion that do not contain alpha hydroxy acid, oils or exfoliants. These ingredients speed up cell turnover, which reduces the life of your tan.
Avoid using washcloths or loofahs when you wash. Hand wash and rinse only. Make sure to moisturize liberally after showering. The healthier your skin is, the longer your color will last.