Spa Tanning Treatments

Part of the Spabreaks.com Treatment Guide

Spa tanning treatments

From pre-wedding prep to maintaining a healthy summer glow, spray tans to creams, a good fake tan can work wonders for a feel-good factor. However, there’s definitely an art to applying it, and the best kind is the therapist applied kind. Spas are an excellent place to prepare skin for a fake tan with the treatments and therapist knowledge to get an even colour and make it last as long as possible.

You might choose to start with a scrub treatment to prepare the skin and nourish it first, or simply use the facilities to give you that holiday feel first. Either way, it’s best to leave a tanning treatment until last on your spa day so that you can let it dry properly and leave products on for as long as necessary before needing to shower.

Tanning FAQs

What should you do to prepare your skin?

Whether you are tanning at home or at a spa, make sure you exfoliate beforehand and don’t apply any moisturisers or deodorants as they can act as a barrier to the tanning agent.

What’s the best way to apply it?

Spas tend to use a mitt for creams, but often will offer spray tans. They give an even surface and coverage to the colour.

How should you maintain it?

Moisturise after a fake tan to maintain it, but be careful to avoid products that have a lot of perfume ingredients as they tend to contain alcohol which can dehydrate the skin and make the tan crack.

How often should you re-apply fake tan?

If you are having a professional tan, it’s recommended reapplying it no more than every two weeks. It’s very dependent on the individual though as a lot of people prefer a deeper colour.

If you are having it done professionally is there anything you recommend doing beforehand?

Most spas will supply disposable knickers but a lot of people don’t like them, so you can also bring dark underwear and baggy clothing. Hair removal and waxing should be done a couple of weeks before tanning as well. If you want to be a little more luxurious with your preparation you could always book yourself in for an exfoliating scrub beforehand!

What about afterwards?

It’s a good idea to have a professional tan at the end of a spa day as you can’t use the pool and facilities for a period of time afterwards without washing it off. We would recommend the same thing at home – put it on at the end of the day, let it work overnight and wash it off in the morning!