Spray Tanning DO's and DON'Ts

So what makes a good Gold Coast spray tan?

There are a few things to think about when you are looking where to get your spray tan.

  • Are they experienced in spray tanning?
  • Do they have an advanced spray tan machine and spray gun (or just a cheap $100 machine)?
  • Do they have a range of solutions to suit your specific skin type?
  • Is there correct ventilation in the room so you aren’t choking on fumes?
  • Is there adequate after spray tan drying equipment?
  • Have you been told the do’s and don’ts so you know what to expect with your spray tan.

What to do before your spray tan

Good preparation is essential for your spray tan. It is advisable to do any shaving, waxing or tinting at least 24hrs prior your tan; to avoid any skin sensitivity. Exfoliate your body the day before to remove dead skin cells leaving you silky smooth. Pay attention to rough skin areas like the knees, elbows, ankles and tops of your feet.

What to wear to your spray tan

Do not apply moisturizer, deodorant, make up or perfume to your skin as this will affect the result of your tan.

What to wear - You can wear a dark coloured bathing suit / underwear during your tan, or alternatively we offer disposable underwear. If you prefer no tan lines, feel free to tan in your birthday suit.

After your spray tan

Once your tan is applied, it dries to the touch in a few minutes. To assist this process we use a high powered fan in the room. Wear loose clothing as some minor tan may rub off on your clothes; this will easily wash out from most fabrics. We do sell spray tan dresses for $15, if you prefer. Try not to wear a bra as this could leave strap marks on your skin.


Depending on the tan you get depends on when you need to shower. If you don’t leave the tan on for long enough or you leave it on for too long – you will not get results you are after. Listen to what your tanner advises and if you have any questions please call the clinic.

When showering don’t be concerned if most of the initial bronzer washes off - this is part of the tanning process and your skin will continue to tan. Just a quick 30 second rinse is all your need; no need for soaps or body washes. When drying with a towel pat yourself rather than rub. Put on something comfy and your tan will continue to develop.

Moisturize twice daily; however not after your rinse off shower. Moisturising will reduce the rate at which your skin exfoliates and will keep your tan looking better for longer.

Other spray tan considerations

To help maintain your tan try to avoid long baths, hot spas and extended swimming. Also avoid products designed to exfoliate.

A spray tan does not protect you from the sun, so be sure to still use a sunscreen.


Body exfoliation is the perfect way to give the skin a new and fresh glow whilst helping to reduce breakouts and the formation of dry skin. Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells collected on the uppermost layer of the skin so that newer and fresher skin cells reap out. Although the process of exfoliation is a natural process, it occurs less frequently as we age, which leaves an uneven pile-up of dead cells over the body. Without exfoliating the skin becomes dull and congested, and blemishes begin to appear. This makes body exfoliation a key ingredient in improving the tone of the skin, which then enables moisturizers, suntan solutions, and anti-aging products to be effective.
Body exfoliation is done with the help of loofahs, pumice stones, exfoliating mitts, exfoliating cleansers, scrubs, or body brushes. However, there are several ways of exfoliating the skin properly and with care. Here is a guide on the do’s and don’ts of exfoliation:


  • Don’t overdo it! Keep a gentle hand and exfoliate in moderation, such as twice a week.
  • Don’t use a scrub that has harsh or scratchy particles in it. Exfoliate your skin with a scrub or exfoliation cleanser that has small and spherical particles.
  • Don’t exfoliate your lips. Your lips have a thinner and more sensitive layer of skin that is naturally smooth. Exfoliating the lips will only damage the area of the skin. Apply only sunscreens, moisturizers and lip balms.
  • Don’t exfoliate your skin before cleansing. This is because it will only remove the makeup or dirt gathering on the skin’s surface. This still leaves the dead skins cells, which will then block the pores and make the skin appear dull and dry.
  • Don’t use any exfoliating gel or cleanser with a loofah as that will overdo the exfoliation process.
  • Don’t use a glycolic acid, retinol, or AHA based moisturizer after using a cleansing scrub.



  • Do exfoliate dry skin. Parched skin requires exfoliation as the dried dead skin cells accumulate over the skin and prevents water from absorbing into the skin. Always apply a strong moisturizer to help lock in hydration after body exfoliation.
  • Do use a pumice stone on thick skin like the toes, elbows, and soles of the feet.
  • Do use a loofah on thinner areas of the skin, such as the arms and legs.
Pop into Petries Cottage

12 Jutland Place,
Currumbin Waters QLD 4223
PH: 0410 476 686


Business Hours

Monday - 9am-1pm
Tuesday & Wednesday - 9am-5pm
Thursday - 8.30am-5pm (later by appt)
Friday - 11.30-1.30pm
Saturday - 8.30am-12pm