Tips on Using a Self-Tanning Spray

A spray tan is a great way to achieve that summer glow without the harmful risks of sun damage. Purchase the right self-tanning spray, and you can skip that airbrush appointment at the local tan salon and put your saved money towards a new bathing suit instead.

Before Applying

First, take the time to read the labels. If you are fair-skinned, go for a medium tanner no more than two shades darker than your current complexion. If you have a darker complexion or are already sporting a base tan, go for the dark tanner.

For the easiest application, choose a spray over a lotion. A clear self-tanning spray is recommended because it will not stain clothes or bedding. However, beware: the spray will appear invisible on skin when first applied and then slowly reveal a tan a couple hours later.


Exfoliate your skin a few hours prior to the spray tan, especially around areas like your elbows, knees and hands. Also, make sure that you are make-up and lotion free before you self-tan.


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