Competition Tanning Instructions


▪ What should I use to prep my skin? An exfoliating towel and gold Dial soap.  USE THIS EXFOLIATING TOWEL or something like it.  Do not apply any lotions or oils of any kind prior to your tanning session.  We strongly recommend against using any kind of scrub product due to possible oil content.

▪ When do I get my mani/pedi? Ideally, no less than 24 hours before your first tanning session.  If you do receive any kind of service like this, be sure all the lotions/oils have been removed from your skin prior to your tanning session.

▪ How long before my first session should I wax (if I want to)? This is not recommended, however, if you must, get it done at least 48 hours prior to your first session.  Shaving is best as waxing can leave a residue that creates a barrier between your skin and the tanning solution.

▪ Should I shave my entire body? It is recommended as the bronzers can clump hair together creating an uneven complexion.

▪ Do you tan my face?  What do I do about makeup? We tan your face with a much more ‘skin friendly’ solution.  It will blend much nicer (you need to wipe your face with a damp cloth before makeup application – men, do not wipe your face off with a damp cloth…leave the bronzer on unless you are applying makeup).  If we are tanning your face, be sure that you leave the bronzer on for at least 2 hours for it to take effect – otherwise, we will not need to color your face.

▪ What do I wear to my tanning session? Dark, loose fitted clothing – cotton or polyester is best.  Zip ups, long pants and sleeves are preferred.  No dresses, shorts, jeans or tank tops.  DO NOT SLEEP NAKED!  Your arms and legs must be covered and separated – robes are okay but not recommended.  Skin-on-skin contact can create imperfections that are not always fixable.

▪ Men may wear a black posing suit (or a sock) to their tanning session.  We also have disposable men’s thongs available.  Be sure that whatever you decide to wear that it is SMALLER than what you’re wearing on stage.

▪ Women may (and should) tan nude with a female spray tech to avoid tan lines.

▪ DO NOT put your suit on until after you have been sprayed the last time before your stage appearance.  Wait as long as possible to put your suit on after your last tanning session and be careful putting on your suit.

▪ Women – when using the bathroom, line the seat with bath tissue and sit…do not hover unless you’ve got it down pat.  You can also bring Dixi cups, poke many holes or cut out the bottom…you know what to do!  This will prevent lines from being created down your inner thighs.

▪ Where/when do we get our oil/bikini bite done? 30 minutes prior to your stage appearance.  We will be backstage to help you with this.

▪ Can I get touchups if I have water spots? Yes – please go to the tanning location and sign in.  No notification is needed.

▪ How much should I tip my Spray Tech? At your discretion – typically 10-20%.



▪Shower before your appointment shaving FIRST!  You may use a light shaving cream but be sure to exfoliate AFTER shaving. Any residue left behind by the cream may act as a barrier between your skin and the DHA (the tanning element that reacts with your skin to bronze it).  *We recommend an exfoliating towel by Earth Therapeutics from Bed, Bath & Beyond ($6) and Dial soap (yes, the gold kind).  Be sure to exfoliate your ENTIRE BODY!  Any dead skin left behind will create unevenness in your tan!  This has nothing to do with the solution or the way it is applied.

▪Come to your appointment with CLEAN SKIN.  This means NO lotion, makeup, perfumes, deodorant, etc.

▪Your face may be tanned during your first session.

▪After your session, be very careful around liquids.  Any contact with water will dissolve the tan and create marks.

▪You may be sleeping in your tan overnight – if you do, it is best to sleep in the same clothes you put on after your tanning session.  Be somewhat conscious of where/how you position yourself. For example, you don’t want your palms to be tanned so try to keep your hands away from your body. Try not to make skin to skin contact with any limbs to avoid uneven markings – try to keep in mind that holding your arms in a bent position may create slight unevenness on the inner elbow. (Don’t think about this as a science, these are simply tidbits of information).  If you are getting both of your sessions on the same day, still be careful around liquids, avoid sweating and skin-on-skin contact to avoid lines (ie on your stomach, groin, knees, elbows, etc.)

Appointment #2 – last tan before your stage presence

▪DO NOT SHOWER!  You may shower after the show.

▪Your 2nd session will be the morning of the show.