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Radiate Confidence: Prepping Your Skin for a Flawless Spray Tan

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Radiate Confidence: Prepping Your Skin for a Flawless Spray Tan

Hey there, beautiful souls! Let's chat about something that can truly boost your confidence and make you feel like an absolute rockstar: the magic of a flawless, sun-kissed spray tan. Whether you're just starting your journey into sunless tanning or you're a seasoned pro, I've got the inside scoop on how to ensure your spray tan is a total hit every single time!

Picture this: you, with skin that exudes pure confidence, looking like you've just returned from a tropical paradise even when you haven't seen a beach in months. That's the incredible effect of a fantastic spray tan, my friends.

But guess what? The key to achieving that envy-worthy, natural-looking tan starts well before selecting your perfect shade—it's all about the preparation. Yep, you heard me right! Whether you're a newbie or a pro, this guide is your trusty sidekick to make sure your spray tan game is always on point.

Spray tanning is an art form, and your skin is the canvas. The masterpiece begins with meticulous preparation. These pre-tanning rituals create the ideal foundation for the tanning solution to work its magic, resulting in a seamless, streak-free tan that enhances your beauty and boosts your confidence to the moon and back.

Whether you're prepping for a special event, gearing up for an upcoming vacation, or just looking to infuse some glow into your daily routine, let's delve into the essential techniques and insider tricks that will empower you to enter the realm of spray tanning with fierce confidence and the self-care you wholeheartedly deserve. With the right preparation and a sprinkle of self-love, you'll be ready to shine with that irresistible, sun-kissed radiance, turning ordinary moments into pure magic. You've got this, superstar! 

Let's get real about achieving a spray tan that'll make you feel like a total superstar. The first step to that sun-kissed perfection? Exfoliation, my friends. It's the secret sauce that sets the stage for a smooth and flawless application. Think of it as the blank canvas waiting for your spray-tan masterpiece.

Our skin is pretty darn amazing—it naturally sheds dead cells about once a week. But here's the kicker: to make your spray tan truly pop, we've gotta bid those dead cells farewell. That's where exfoliation comes into play. And no, not the sugar scrub that's been sitting under your bathroom sink since your birthday... We're talking about the "Double E" method, and yes, it means exfoliating twice. Buckle up, because we're about to dive in!


Your journey towards a stunning tan kicks off with dry brushing. It's like a gentle wake-up call for your skin. Grab a Shine Exfoliating Dry Brush available online and start at your feet, working your way up, on dry skin, with those soothing circular motions. But it's not just about exfoliation—it's an act of self-love too, helping out with lymphatic drainage.

Picture it as you gently lifting shingles off a roof, with those shingles being the dead skin cells. Dry brushing coaxes them to loosen up and bid adieu, prepping your skin like a boss for what's next.


Now, let's step into the shower and move on to the second act of our "Double E" method. This is where the real magic unfolds. Armed with a Shine Exfoliating Mitt available online and your all-time favorite pre-tan friendly body wash, it's time to wave goodbye to any lingering dead skin cells.

This dynamic duo, the mitt and the body wash, are like a tag team, making sure your skin is primed to perfection for your spray tan. The mitt offers up just the right amount of exfoliation, whisking away any straggling dead skin cells. It's like a spa day for your skin, leaving it velvety smooth and raring to soak in the tanning solution.

Why We're Smitten with This Method: The Barrier-Free Advantage

Now, let's dish on why we're head over heels for this "Double E" method. Here's the deal: unlike some scrubs packing oils, this technique leaves zero oily residue behind. And trust me, that's a game-changer!

Why, you ask? Well, those oily leftovers can create a pesky barrier on your skin, playing hard to get with the tanning solution. And nobody wants an uneven tan, right? But fear not, because with the "Double E" method, which is all about exfoliating twice, you're locking in an even tan. It guarantees your skin is pristine, smooth, and raring to rock that tanning solution like a champ. It's a love note to your skin, ensuring your tan isn't just good—it's the kind of radiant that stops people in their tracks.

Now, let's dive into a crucial aspect of achieving that dream spray tan: addressing specific skin concerns. You see, sometimes our skin can throw us a curveball, like areas of dry, crusty skin or those pesky age spots. These areas may decide to soak up the tanning solution like a sponge, resulting in darker patches that stand out.

But fear not, my dear friends, because I've got a true game-changing remedy that's about to rock your tanning world! It's all about crafting a protective barrier, a bona fide shield, to guarantee that your tan remains perfectly even, regardless of the quirks your skin may throw your way.

Barrier Cream: Your Skin's Best Friend

To combat the potential unevenness caused by those dry, crusty patches or age spots, reach for a trusty barrier cream. And you've got options here! You can opt for a dedicated barrier cream or turn to household heroes like Vaseline or Aquaphor.

What these marvels do is create a shield, a protective layer that says, "Hey, tanning solution, you can't mess with my even tan goals!" By applying this barrier to the troublesome areas before your spray tan session, you're essentially telling those spots, "You're not stealing the spotlight today!"

The Magic of Minimized Absorption

So, why do we adore this method so much? Well, it's all about minimizing the absorption of the tanning solution in these specific areas. When you've got that protective barrier in place, your skin can't go overboard in soaking up the solution, ensuring a more consistent and even tan.

It's like having your very own bodyguard for your tan's perfection. So, whether you're dealing with dry patches, age spots, or any other skin concerns, this technique ensures that your spray tan goes on smoothly, leaving you with a beautifully even and radiant result.

At Shine, we seamlessly integrate this step into your tanning appointment. And for those who opt to Shine@Home, just remember that a little barrier cream applied to the rough or dry spots is all it takes to boost your confidence and proudly flaunt your sun-kissed glow without worrying about any uneven surprises. Because let's face it, you deserve nothing less than a flawless tan that highlights your natural beauty.

Let's delve into some expert tips for achieving that radiant, sun-kissed glow that not only turns heads but also supercharges your confidence to levels you've never imagined. Are you ready to step into the spotlight and shine like the star you are? Well, darling, here's the lowdown, the inside scoop, the golden nuggets of wisdom that will have you glowing with irresistible allure:

Cool Skin

Before you embark on your tanning journey, remember that cool skin is your secret weapon. Your pores should be closed, and your skin should be refreshed and ready to embrace the tan. So, how do you achieve this? We recommend exfoliating either the night before or the morning of your tanning session. Let your skin cool down naturally, and watch those pores close up before you apply that gorgeous tan.

Pre-Tan Shower: 

Body Wash + Soap Selection:  Before you even think about applying self-tanner, it's essential to pay attention to the shower products you use. Avoid the temptation to reach for your favorite moisturizing soaps or body washes like Dove or Olay. While these products are fantastic for daily use, they can be counterproductive when it comes to self-tanning.

What to look for: An important consideration is the pH balance of your skin. Self-tanners typically work best on skin with a balanced pH level. Some moisturizing soaps may have a higher pH level, which can disrupt the skin's natural balance. This disruption can affect the way the self-tanner interacts with your skin, potentially leading to uneven development of the tan. Stick to pH-neutral or mildly acidic shower products to ensure your skin is in the best condition for self-tanning.

What to avoid:  Moisturizing soaps often leave a residue on the skin that creates a barrier between the self-tanner and your skin. This barrier can prevent the tanner from adhering properly, potentially causing it to slide off the skin during application. The result? An uneven or patchy tan that's far from the sun-kissed look you desire. To avoid this issue, opt for a mild, non-moisturizing soap before your self-tanning session.

Shaving: Now that we've covered the importance of selecting the right shower products, let's move on to another crucial step in achieving a flawless self-tan: shaving.  If you're planning to shave, here's a golden rule: shave BEFORE you tan.  It helps ensure that your skin is smooth and free from unwanted hair, creating a clean canvas for the self-tanner to adhere to. 

After Your Shower:

Now that you've triumphantly emerged from your invigorating shower, feeling refreshed and ready for your spray tan session, allow me to impart these absolutely non-negotiable tips that you must wholeheartedly embrace with unwavering determination:

Oils and Lotions: Before you step into the world of bronzed beauty, it's crucial to bid farewell to oils, lotions, or moisturizers. These seemingly innocent products can act as unwelcome barriers, creating hurdles for the tanning solution to adhere to your skin evenly. To truly let your tan shine through and achieve that flawless, sun-kissed glow, ensure your skin is clean and free from any oily residues.

Makeup and Deodorant: The canvas for your spray tan masterpiece should be as pristine as possible. Therefore, it's imperative to prepare your skin by removing all traces of makeup and deodorant. These cosmetic culprits can play tricks on the tanning solution, potentially leading to uneven results. By keeping it clean and makeup-free, you set the stage for a flawless finish that will leave you looking like you just returned from a tropical getaway.

Perfumes and Fragrances: On the day of your spray tan appointment, resist the temptation to indulge in your favorite perfumes and fragrances. These delightful scents, while enticing, could potentially clash with the tanning solution, resulting in streaks or discoloration. To ensure your tan canvas remains pristine, it's best to stay fragrance-free. By doing so, you create the perfect foundation for the tanning solution to work its magic and bestow upon you a seamless, sun-kissed complexion that's bound to turn heads.

Incorporating these essential steps into your pre-spray tan routine will not only maximize the effectiveness of your tanning session but also ensure that you emerge with a radiant and evenly bronzed appearance that will leave you feeling confident and ready to conquer the world. So, embrace these non-negotiable tips with determination, and let your inner glow shine through!

When it comes to achieving that perfect tan, whether you're planning to visit the Shine Tanning Salon or embark on a DIY journey with Shine@Home, meticulous planning is your secret weapon. Here's some sage advice to ensure your tanning experience is nothing short of spectacular:

Timing: The timing of your tanning session is of paramount importance. Choose a slot when you can be free from any immediate post-tan activities that might involve sweating or exposure to water. Both sweat and water can disrupt the tan's development, potentially leading to unsightly unevenness. So, be strategic in scheduling your session to allow your tan to set undisturbed and reach its full radiant potential. Timing truly is the key to a flawless tan!

Clothing Choice: After you've received your spray tan, it's time to consider your wardrobe choices. Opt for loose-fitting attire that won't cling to your skin. Tight clothing can rub against your freshly tanned skin, potentially causing friction that disrupts the even development of your tan. By choosing comfortable, breathable clothing, you allow your tan to set gracefully, ensuring that when you step out into the world, you do so with confidence and a stunning, sun-kissed glow that turns heads wherever you go. Remember, you've got this!

Incorporating these strategic considerations into your tanning plan will help you achieve that picture-perfect tan you've been dreaming of. Whether you're seeking professional assistance at Shine Tanning Salon or taking matters into your own hands with Shine@Home, meticulous planning ensures that your radiant, flawless tan will be the envy of all who see it. So, go ahead and plan your tan with precision, and get ready to shine like never before!


In the world of beauty and self-care, there's something undeniably magical about the transformative power of a flawless, sun-kissed spray tan. It's more than just a beauty treatment; it's an art form that empowers you to embrace your inner radiance and confidence, turning ordinary moments into pure magic.

As we've journeyed through the essential steps and insider tricks in this guide, I hope you've come to appreciate that spray tanning is not merely a matter of picking a shade; it's a self-care ritual that starts with preparation and self-love. Your skin is the canvas, and prepping it, ensures that your masterpiece shines with perfection.

Remember, the key to a stunning spray tan lies in meticulous preparation, including the "Double E" Exfoliation method, refraining from oils/lotions  and creating protective barriers where needed. With these techniques in your arsenal, you're ready to face the world with a flawless, even, and radiant tan that accentuates your natural beauty.

And as you embark on your tanning journey, keep in mind the pro tips we've shared. Cool skin, the right timing, and the right products are your allies. Embrace these tips as part of your self-care routine, and you'll be stepping out into the world with the kind of confidence that turns heads and makes you feel like an absolute superstar.

So, whether you're preparing for a special event, gearing up for a vacation, or simply treating yourself to a sun-kissed glow, remember that you have the power to shine with confidence and grace. Your journey towards a radiant tan is a journey towards self-love, self-care, and self-assuredness.

Now, my fellow beautiful souls, it's your time to shine. Embrace the magic of a flawless spray tan, and let your inner rockstar glow. The world is your stage, and with your newfound confidence and sun-kissed radiance, you're destined to leave a trail of sunshine wherever you go. You've got this, superstar! 

Shine On 💜

Angie Ruh

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