Though many people think that you should get a spray tan right before a big event, that is not quite true.

If you get an airbrush tan directly before an event, you won’t have time to shower off the “guide color” or instant bronzer that usually accompanies a sunless tanning session. This color isn’t the actual faux tan and has the tendency to look a little dirty or muddy against the skin, so you don’t want to attend a big event wearing guide color.

If you don’t shower, it’s likely that those around you will still be able to smell the DHA (the ingredient that reacts with amino acids on your skin that darkens your color) – which most self-tanner pros know is not the most desirable scent.

Your tan also likely hasn’t finished developing, so you haven’t reached peak bronze goddess status.

So When Should I Get a Spray Tan Before a Big Event?

Since spray tans usually last between seven to nine days, it’s actually best to get a spray tan 2-3 days before your big event. This allows time for your tan to fully develop and gives you time to have one rinse-off in between the tan application and the event.

Remember, when you rinse-off in the shower, use lukewarm water to avoid losing any color. Also, don’t use soap or a loofah in the shower, or you’ll risk rubbing off your tan. When you get out of the shower, simply pat dry with a towel and apply an oil-free moisturizer, so your tan stays even and glowing, not splotchy.

If you get a spray tan 4 or more days before your event, your tan will already have started to fade, and even though it should fade evenly if properly applied, the color will not be as dark and won’t pop against your outfit, like a fresh tan would. Stick to tanning 2-3 days before a big event, and you’ll be golden (in more ways than one).

For more information on sunless tanning options, reach out. We’re happy to answer any questions or schedule an appointment for you today.

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