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Tanned woman from Smug Spray Tan

Tan Prep + Aftercare

Welcome to SMUG, where we help you achieve a flawless, long-lasting spray tan! To make the MOST of your appointment and get gorgeous results that last up to 10 days, follow these 

                                     PRE-TAN TIPS

For two days leading up to your appointment:

  • NO acne treatments or RETINOL for 2 days before your tan.


  • Shower with CLEAR JEL body wash. Our recommendation is the NATIVE brand.

  • DO NOT use bar soaps or white creamy body wash including.


  • Stay away from DOVE, IRISH SPRING, Bath + Body Works, OLAY, DIAL NIVEA, SUAVE, etc before AND after your spray tan. Creamy white soaps will leave a barrier on your skin that can affect your spray tan. 

  • Our favorite body wash is  NATIVE.  








  • Exfoliate: DRY BRUSHING with a is GREAT for spray tan prep. Simply take your brush

  • (shown below) and rub all over your body ( from head to toe) in circular motions on DRY skin before having a shower.

  • You can also scrub your skin with an exfoliating body scrub.

  • BOTH options remove dead skin cells, helping your tan to last longer.

  • To make your own body scrub, use 1/2 a cup of coconut oil and 1 cup of sugar. Scrub your armpit for a full 30 seconds. Deodorant sticks to the skin and does not remove easily. ( wiping deodorant off the same day as your appointment is not advised) 


  • Hair removal: Waxing, shaving, or threading should be done 48-24 hours beforehand, so your pores have time to close before your tanning application. If shaving we recommend MENS razors! They are sharper and don't have the "moisture bar" that will leave a film on your skin. NO hair removal creams!

  • NAILS: Manicures and pedicures should be done a MINIMUM of two days before your tan.

  • LASHES: Eyelash extensions, lifts, and tints should be done a minimum of two days before your tan

  • Moisturize: Hydrate your whole body paying special attention to dry or rough areas like your knees, elbows, and knuckles. Our recommendation for creams is  HEMPZ . 




On the day of your appointment:

  • Beauty routine: Do NOT shower. If you have to, use WATER only,  a MINIMUM of 4 hours before your appointment. Do not apply moisturizers, deodorants, or perfumes on the day of your spray tan. If you are getting your face sprayed, do not arrive with make-up. NO acne treatments or RETINOL for 2 -3 days before your tan.

  • Clothing: Wear BIG, LOOSE, LONG black clothing,  as the spray solution may rub on your clothes. Don't worry, our SMUG solutions are made with organic and natural ingredients that will rinse out, however, it's best to play it safe and wear dark colors just in case. KEEP IT BAGGY! You will want your new tan COVERED but not tight. "Skin on material" will keep your tan safe until your first rinse. Skin on SKIN contact will not. Best to COVER UP :o)

  • Undergarments: You can strip down or cover up depending on your comfort level. Bras, thongs, briefs, and bathing suits are all great examples of how to cover up if you're not going nude. If you do choose to go nude, avoid putting a bra back on.

  • Footwear: Wear slip-on sandals if the weather permits for your convenience. CROCS are PERFECT as they will not leave a harsh line on your foot!

By following these easy steps, you'll be sure to have a beautiful, long-lasting spray tan that will leave you feeling confident and SMUG.

At SMUG, we want you to enjoy your flawless, long-lasting spray tan for as long as possible. Follow these simple post-tan to maintain your gorgeous tan for up to 10 days:

Immediately after your spray tan:



  • It's normal to feel sticky right after your spray tan, but that will go away after you shower. Until your first shower, wear loose clothing and avoid touching, rubbing, or wetting your skin. Also, avoid DISHES, sweating, rain, CRYING, washing hands, showers, baths, or washing up. STAY DRY!

For your first shower:

  • Rinse only – NO soap, NO scrubbing! Lukewarm water is best.

  • Use your HAND to rub off the bronzer. Don't forget to run off of your neck, ears, and behind your knees!

  • Stay in the shower until you no longer notice color rinsing off your body.

  • PAT DRY with a towel instead of rubbing, which can create streaks and blotchy areas.

  • Moisturize head to toe with your recommended moisturizer.

For the next 5-7 days:

  • Use the recommended body wash in the shower, without a loofah, washcloth, or bar soap. 

  • Keep showers warm, not hot.

  • Pat dry with a towel instead of rubbing.

  • Moisturize head to toe with your tan moisturizer. If you have dry skin, moisturize 2-3 times daily.

Avoid moisturizers that contain high levels of alcohol, petroleum, or mineral oil, which can dry out your skin quickly and result in a streaky, uneven fade.

By following these easy steps, you can maintain your stunning, SMUG spray tan and feel confident all week long!

SMUG Spray Tan recommended body wash is NATIVE
SMUG Spray Tan recommended moisturizer
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