Are you ready to become Shady?

Everyone's skin is different, which means your Shady Tan might not look the same as your friend's- yes, even if you use the same solution! Best way to predict results is to know what category your skin falls into- this will help your Personal Tanner and you set realistic expectations for your tanning experience. 


                        - Amanda


So it's your first time, huh?

Not sure what to expect when getting a Shady Sun spray tan? No worries, we've been there too. 

When you book your Shady Tan, your email confirmation will contain all your prep instructions as well. But...if you're dying to know what goes down, keep reading! From start to finish, this is what you can expect when you make the sunless switch. 

Getting Ready


  • Most clients have ideal results when they book 1-3 days before their event.

    • Keep in mind, Day 1 of your tan begins 24 hours after your session.

    • Our tans typically last 5-7 days on average, with many clients keeping results for closer to 10-14 with proper prep and aftercare.

  • If you have to book the same day, our express option is the way to go!

  • Get your nails and hair did at least 24 hours in advance! This is the easiest method to ensure natural-looking results. We have special methods for protecting them during the tan, so no worries.

  • If you are removing a previous spray tan and know they love your skin, try applying a body oil prior to bathing to soften your skin and aid in removal. We also have several sunless tan removing options in studio if you need additional help. 

  • Keep your skin moisturized, usually, a minimum of twice a day is ideal. 

    • Hydrated skin is key to a successful spray tan and that starts before the tan is even applied. 


  • Shower and exfoliate your entire body thoroughly.

    • You will need a good, grainy scrub- Bath & Body Works or just a loofah will not cut it, babe!​

    • Make sure to pay extra attention to knees, elbows, ankles, and any other areas dry skin tends to accumulate on your body.

    • Need some help? Pick up a Shady Removal Mitt for optimal results.

  • Body hair removal should be completed in advance.

    • Shaving should be done at least 24 hours before your tan.

    • Waxing should be done at least 48 hours before your tan.

  • This will be hard, but make sure to avoid moisturizers, traditional deodorants, perfume, oils, or makeup to your skin after you shower- we need a fresh, bare canvas.

    • These products can create a barrier on your skin, preventing the absorption of your spray tan and your overall tan development.

    • Traditional deodorant usually contains aluminum- this reacts with spray tan solution instantly to turn your pits a lovely shade of neon green- it's not a cute look.

Becoming Shady


  • Have in mind what your tanning goals are before you meet with Personal Tanner.

    • Have a favorite celebrity? A great picture of you from last summer? Or just a verbal idea? Great! Let us know!

  • Think about your schedule. Can you stay dry all day or do you have something to do later? This will help determine if you need a standard or express tanning option, 

    • Both options are equal in color results and longevity. ​

  • We will then have a personalized color consultation with you to determine how best to achieve your desired look.

  • If you have any sensitive skin conditions, please notify your personal tanner before the spray tanning application.

  • Make sure all jewelry is removed. 

  • Ask questions! There's nothing we probably haven't heard, so don't be shy- we love educating our clients.

  • If it is poor weather the day of your tan, pack an umbrella!


  • Your Personal Tanner will help you prep for your session- applying lotion to specific areas, covering hair, etc.

  • You may wear what you feel comfortable in- whether that is full nude or a tank top and shorts- it's YOUR tan.

  • Shady Gents are required to wear bottoms.

  • Things to consider when deciding on your spray tan wear:​

    • Consider your clothing options and activities for the following week when deciding on tan lines.

    • Any tan lines created will remain for the life of your Shady tan.
  • While the solution tends to wash out of most clothing, better safe than sorry- rock your old or least favorite threads.

  • Wear dark loose-fitting clothing and open shoes, like flip flops, after your bronzing treatment session.

  • Do not wear light-colored or tight-fitting clothing.

  • We recommend clothing that provides full coverage to protect your developing tan from weather, kids, pets, and unexpected mishaps.

The Shady Life


  • Please try your best not to touch your sunless tan with your hands, prior to your first water rinse. The active ingredient may transfer color to your palms. 

  • For a standard tan, you will need to wait 6-8 hours before showering. 

  • For an express tan, you will be able to rinse off within 1-4 hours, depending on your desired look. 

  • Before your first shower you should NOT:

    • Get wet

    • Sweat

    • Accept puppy kisses

    • Apply any products

    • Wear light-colored or tight-fitting clothing

    • Sit with your skin directly on leather

  • During your first shower you can expect:

    • The cosmetic bronzer in the solution will ​rinse off. Make sure to rinse each part of your body until the water runs clear.​

    • Any spray tan smell to disappear

    • If you see streaks or uneven patches, rinse again. This is just bronzer that's washed off uneven probably due to shampoo/conditioner runoff.


  • Moisturize at least once to twice daily with an after tan safe lotion.

  • Avoid mineral oil and harsh cleansing products.

  • Always remember to pat your skin dry and avoid exfoliation.

  • Stay hydrated! This is the most overlooked step, but makes the most difference in your sunless tan when it comes to quality, longevity, and even fading. 

  • Do not use Dove products or traditional bar soaps in the shower.

  • Always remember- you are your same shade of pale underneath. Sunscreen is your friend!

  • Chlorine and saltwater can dry your skin and cause your Shady Tan to speed up the fading process.

  • Avoid soaking in hot baths or hot tubs.


Still have questions? See the FAQ page!

The Shady Sun's Bronzing Cabana
229 E. Main Street

Salisbury, MD 21801

© Shady Sun Sunless, LLC 2017 

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