Skin Prep and Maintenance

Please read all skin preparation and tan maintenance guidelines to make sure you get the best possible spray tan experience!


Skin Prep and Maintenance

Please read all skin preparation and tan maintenance guidelines to make sure you get the best possible spray tan experience!


Exfoliating with loofah or other appropriate products is recommended at least 24 hours prior to your sunless-tan. Removing loose, dead, dry skin cells that can prevent even application of sunless solution will improve and extend your tanning results if you properly exfoliate prior to your appointment. 

Before sunless-tanning, your skin should be clean and dry with no soap residue or lotions to interfere with your tan. Avoid "bar" soap, Dove soap and "creamy" type rich opaque moisturizing body wash.  Use "normal" clear body wash. Do not over scrub your body.
Do not apply deodorant, lotions or perfumes to skin prior to tanning.
It is recommended you shave, get waxed, sugared, have a pedicure and or manicure 24 hours before you tan
It is recommended you remove makeup before the tanning process, but it is not absolutely necessary to remove eye makeup.  I do provide makeup removal facial wipes.
Select an old, preferably dark bathing suit to wear while being sprayed or I will provide disposables. Also remember to bring old, dark-colored, 
loose-fitting clothing to wear home. No socks or closed toe shoes please.
IF IT'S RAINING...please bring umbrella, long sleeve shirt and long pants.


What to Wear

You can wear whatever you are comfortable in. A bathing suit (dark colored) underwear, we have disposable thongs or you can go nude . You can wear your bra, strapless , we have a disposable bandeau, or go topless. We provide sticky feet to wear during your spray to help with no staining on the bottom of your feet. 

What to bring

Please bring LOOSE fitted clothes to put on after your spray tan . It is normal to feel a little sticky or tacky when you leave . So looser clothing works best so it's doesn't rub. No socks or close toed shoes, and no tighter pants, skinny jeans, or tights.

What to expect

After your spray you will stand by a heated fan & dry . Although you will feel a little tacky yet when getting dressed . That's why loose clothes are recommended . If you can go bra-less for at least 2 hrs that is best. 


Remove any jewelry before being sprayed.
If you are tanning for the first time (pale skin), I apply a product prior to your spray tan to lower your skin’s pH level. It has been shown that a balanced pH level of skin may provide browner, more natural-looking color. Very fair skin types may require a follow-up sunless application 12 to 24 hours later. There may be an additional charge for this service.
After all sunless treatments, wait at least 8-12 hours before bathing or exercising to allow the product enough time to begin the reaction process.  If  you've had a RAPID spray, you may shower 1-4 hours depending on desired color.


Using a moisturizer with DHA can help to extend the length of your tan and reduce uneven wear. Tan On Demand offers Pre and Post sunless tanning products. Without using recommended products, I cannot guarantee the length or result of your tan.
Avoid hot/jacuzzi tubs, swimming pools, extremely hot showers and baths. Using a waterproof sun screen may help to slow the break down of your sunless color when entering pools and spas. Always towel off gently and pat dry.

Please refer to the products to avoid page for more information.




What is Evolv. Sidekick's Heated Airbrush Tanning?
Heated application is Sunless, Inc's latest breakthrough in Sunless Tanning Technology. The Evolv. Sidekick utilizes this technology by producing a truly one-of-a-kind, first-ever heated Airbrush Tanning Experience. Once the airbrush tanning is applied, the active ingredients, DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) starts working with the amino acids in your skin's outermost layer.  
How do self tanners work? 
The action of DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is limited to the upper layer of the skin and involves a reaction between DHA and skin proteins and oxygen that produces brown compounds. This process is similar to what occurs when you slice open an apple and the surface of the apple browns when it's exposed to the oxygen in the air. The development of color takes up to 8-12 hours and the intensity of color is dependent upon the DHA concentration in the product as well as each tanner's individual skin characteristics. The color developed by the DHA usually lasts 7 days and begins to fade as the top layer of the skin naturally exfoliates. 
How many days will a sunless tan last? 
The longevity of a sunless tan depends on the type of self tanning application, the skin's natural exfoliation process, and on the skincare regimen followed before and after application. On average, self tanners last 7 days.  A professionally application, I.e. a sunless tan received at a salon or spa, will last longer than an at-home application or in an automated spray booth. The "life span" of a sunless tan also depends on your skin's natural exfoliation. The faster your skin turns over, the faster the sunless tan will fade. The tan created by the DHA affects only the top layer of the skin and will begin to fade after 4 to 5 days as the skin naturally begins to exfoliate. Following a good skin care regimen before and after sunless tanning will help a sunless tan last longer. Exfoliating prior to a sunless tanning application and keeping skin moisturized afterwards are essential. Sunless Tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer or tan extending lotion, help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural-looking color longer.   
How long should I wait after using a self tanner before I shower? 
DHA solutions take about 8 hours to fully develop. Clients will receive the best results if they can avoid bathing until the day after their sunless session. If you must bathe, you should wait a minimum of 6-hours after the application. If showering prior to the 8-hour post application recommendation, a simple rinse with water only is best, as soap destroys DHA. Delayed bathing allows the DHA sufficient time to complete its reaction with the amino acids (proteins) within the skin. NOTE: It is important to educate you regarding instant/cosmetic bronzers. The cosmetic bronzer is the color that is immediately visible during the session and it will wash off during the first shower, revealing the DHA bronze tan beneath.   
Why is keeping skin moisturized essential? 
It is important to keep skin moisturized after sunless tanning as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and color will fade sooner. You basically want to slow down your body's natural exfoliation process. Sunless Tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzers or DHA, like Norvell Prolong, Norvell Endurance will maximize your airbrush tanning results! 
Will the spray tanning application come off on my clothes? 
If you are using a spray solution with a cosmetic bronzer, some of the bronze color may rub off on clothing or bed sheets. This is most likely to happen when you get dressed immediately after tanning. To minimize the chance of the tint transferring to clothing, we recommend that you wear loose-fitting, darker clothes after your spray session. Try to refrain from physical exertion that could result in you sweating until you shower and wash off the cosmetic bronzer. The cosmetic tint is water-soluble. Therefore, in most cases, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.  
What about the after-odor often associated with sunless tanning? 
Evolve. uses the newest technology in odor inhibitors to encapsulate the odor causing agents commonly associated with DHA products. A blend of fragrance (of your choice) combined with DHA allows the pleasant fragrance to come through, eliminating the dreaded "sunless smell". 
What is a cosmetic bronzer? 
The component of a sunless product that gives a tanner immediate color is a cosmetic bronzer. Ingredients used in sunless cosmetic bronzers are similar to those used in cosmetic foundations or bronzing powders.  DHA is clear and takes time to develop. 
When should I exfoliate?
Exfoliate before every sunless session. Using a mild shower gel/exfoliant should be done 24 hours prior to your session.  Shaving or waxing should also be at that time. 
Will the solution stain my hair? 
No. Most people will not see any affect on the color of their hair. Clients with light blonde, gray or platinum hair may see some discoloration from the cosmetic bronzers initially, however, this color will wash out with the first shower after the session. I recommend all clients wear a hair cap, which I provide.  
How can I prevent patchy or uneven wear-off? 
A. Daily application of SunlessPro Post-Tan color extending moisturizer will extend the look of your tan. This bronzing booster will also reduce the appearance of uneven wear and patchiness as your color starts to fade.  
Will I turn "orange"? 
No. The "orange" color, as it is sometime referred to, is the result of high pH levels within in skin or high levels of DHA in the product itself. Evolv Pre-Sunless prep spray balances the skin's pH levels and is always applied at no extra charge prior to your sunless application. At Tan On Demand ALL clients are sprayed with a Prep Spray as part of the overall cost. 
How can I avoid over tanned hands and feet? 
I never apply as much product to thin skinned areas like the hands, feet, wrists and ankles. I always use Barrier Cream and carefully spray those areas with a very light misting only.   
How long after tanning should I avoid pool/spa/ocean? 
Over exposure to highly chlorinated water such as swimming pools or hot tubs for extended periods of time is not recommended and may decrease the length of time your Airbrush Tanning results will last. If you plan to go into those type of areas, use a waterproof sunscreen, it will create a short term barrier for your spray tan.  
Can pregnant women be safely sprayed? 
I recommend that you consult with your personal physician before tanning. I do require ALL expectant mom's to wear a face mask during the spray process...which I have on hand. The mask is removed to spray the face. 
I have Vitiligo, will the solution cause a change in the affected areas? 
Yes. Sunless solution does work on the affected areas, however, it is important to remember the skin that is lighter "tans" and the unaffected skin areas also tan, therefore they will remain different colors. While both areas do achieve a sunless tan, they will appear "two toned" when finished. To darken the lighter skin you will need to apply self tanner to those areas first, and then schedule a full spray tan appointment for an overall spray.  Check with Tan On Demand for a suggestion of retail self-tanner products. 
I have very sensitive skin, should I be concerned?
If you have concerns over allergies or skin reactions to the solution, I recommend you first do a patch test a small area of the skin prior to a full body session. If you have a reaction to the spray, a shower should alleviate any discomfort. 
Will sunless solution cause additional freckling to freckled skin? 
No. However, the spray does not cover freckles up either. What is darker, will stay darker and what is lighter, stays lighter in contrast.  
Do Tanning Technician wear a filtering mask when spraying? 
With ANY substance, repeated exposure to, or inhalation of airborne matter may cause irritation or discomfort. Common sense tells us to recommend people who will be using the product on a daily basis should wear some sort of air filtering mask to reduce contact.  However Tan On Demand has a extraction/ventilation system.   
How long does a spray tan take to dry? 
Evolv. Sidekick's heated application process is delivered two ways; by preparing your skin and keeping you dry with  a gentle flow of warm air, and by infusing heat directly into the tanning spray, creating an airbrush application you can barely feel being applied...thus creating minimal drying time!
How dark will I appear after one application? 
Results will vary based on the individual skin type and pH balance. The solutions we use have been formulated to provide a color that will be appealing to the majority of clients, and the variety of shades to allow different degrees of depths.