Spray Tans

Preparing for your spray tan

You need to plan which day you schedule your tan, a day before your event is sufficient or first thing in the morning of the event (if it’s an evening event)


  • On the day of your tan:
    Please note: It’s VITAL that you schedule waxing for the day before the spray tan! (It leaves a waxy layer on your skin that blocks out the spray tan)


  • Night before a tan: Exfoliate entire body and shave legs, underarms etc (If you are a regular shaver) with foaming wash to remove all oils/creams. It’s the best way to remove the right amount of dead skin cells and you’re left with a polished blank canvas to spray tan!


  • Do not apply any creams, lotions, perfumes or make-up, absolutely nothing. A slight layer over toes and ankles is acceptable if you’re particularly dry. Blend well though. A small amount of deodorant is fine, although not recommended.


  • What to wear: Wear loose fitting, dark clothing – preferably a sundress or loose flowing pants and t-shirt along with sandals. Bring along your favourite dark/black g-string if you want good tan lines. We have disposables, however unflattering they may be!


PLEASE NOTE: We cannot take responsibility for lost items of jewellery, please leave all valuables at home.

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After your spray tan

Following the tan application, same day, DO NOT:

  • Wash your hands or drip water on yourself
  • Wear tight clothing, socks, jeans, bra or shoe
  • Exercise or sweat
  • Swim or apply moisturizer/anything wet to the skin (powder/pencil type makeup is FINE)


Moisturising hands, feet or face after 3 hours is okay as the product has taken effect.


8-12 Hours later
Post-tan shower
After at least 8 hours you may shower.


How to wash: Use a soft sponge (not exfoliator) covered in soap, wash well! The colour guide/bronzer in the spray-on product must come off. This will mark your clothing if you don’t wash it off it properly. Wash a few times in order to avoid the marks on your white towels or clothing. Your tan has developed so it’s in your skin, the product must be washed off. Do not be alarmed at the brown colour swirling down the drain, like any tint there is excess product that must be rinsed off.

Maintenance of your Tan

Tried & tested tips to avoid patchy dry skin after spray tanning:

Replace your shower soap with any brand of Aqueous cream, this should become your detergent in the shower. Soaps dry out skin! Aqueous cream contains a detergent and is used to bath babies. This method is a tried and tested way to maintain very moist skin and resulting in the most natural fading of the tan. This can be done indefinitely for ultimate moisturising of the skin! Both available at Clicks, Wellness Warehouse or Dischem pharmacies.

  • Submersion in hot tub or swimming pool can fade the tan slightly.
  • Use of a loofah,  scrub, mitt, etc. for daily washing will fade the tan – not recommended.
  • Wax, shaving or Depilatory hair removal products (Nair, Veet,) will remove a light layer of the tan – use sharp blade.
  • Band Aids or sticky tape will pull off the colour
  • Alcohol based sun block will fade the colour
  • Chlorine or salt water swimming will bleach out the tan
  • Fruit acids/peels will fade the tan significantly
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Products We Use

We use the SOUTH AFRICAN MADE & OWNED State-Of-The-Art Spray Tanning Equipment Premium Sunless Tanning Products from Brilliant tan.


They are very strict when it comes to which ingredients goes into their products. They only use FDA approved ingredients and ingredients that are considered safe and not known to cause adverse or allergic reactions. All their Sunless Tanning Products are 100% Free from Parabens, Erythrulose, Fragrances, Alcohol, SLS & Sulfates.


They are Vegan and only the Purest & Highest Quality DHA is used in their sunless tanning products. Their products are also hypoallergenic, enriched with Anti-Oxidants and completely Cruelty Free!

Our Shades

Spray tanning is one of the most popular alternatives to tanning in the sun, it is an artificial method of achieving a tan without UV. We use the airbrush tanning method vs the tan booth – for that natural shaded and highlighted effect. Your tan will come out even and natural looking. You can decide what colour you want, anything from ‘sun kissed’ to ‘Brazilian bronzed’.


Choosing the right colour for your skin type is easy.


Fair – White, burns easily, tans minimally.
Medium – White/beige, tans gradually.
Dark – Brown/tanned, rarely burns.


Full Body Spray Tan
Half Body Spray Tan

Spray Tan FAQ

Will the spray tan make me go orange?

The tan solution is available in a few different shades. A lighter natural sun kissed look can be achieved or you can request a darker bronze. The tan result is dependent on your natural skin colour.

How does DHA work (spray tan active ingredient) Why doesn’t it last longer?

DHA is a colourless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a colour change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application. Every day, millions of dead skin cells are sloughed off or worn away from the surface of your skin. In fact, every 35 to 45 days, you have an entirely new epidermis. Therefore tans from sunless- or self-tanning lotions will gradually fade – as the dead cells are worn away, so is your tan.

Is airbrush tanning safe for my skin?

Yes, spray tanning is definitely the safe way to get a gorgeous tan without the sun. Being UVB/UVA free there is no damage to the skin. As your skin cells naturally exfoliate off in the shower and on your clothing so does the tan.

Is it safe for sensitive skin?

Yes, the spray tan can be used by clients with sensitive skin types.

How long does it take to be sprayed?

A tan is complete within 15mins! Brillianttan is quick drying and water based.

How long will my tan last?

The colour lasts up to 10 days and exfoliates away naturally with the dead skin cells. Good maintenance and using a good moisturiser will prolong your tan.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women be sprayed?


Do I have to be completely nude?

Speak to your technician.

When I first showered, I noticed some colour washing down the sink?

The excess colour that washes away is the bronzer guide – this is normal. The DHA is colourless and your natural colour will be developed within the skin cells and will continue to deepen and last at least a week.

How often should I moisturize after my spray tan?

Every day is advisable, this maintains the tan and will nourish your skin.

When do I shave my legs/arms?

Its best to shave prior to your spray tan, when you shave afterward it removes a light layer of the tan. (This only applies to those who regularly shave)

Will you spray tan my face?

Yes. A light layer is applied to the face.

Will tanning solution stain my clothes or sheets?

Natural fibres will wash out, anything nylon or polyester will stain permanently. It’s advisable to wear black or dark colours to be safe. Bring a loose top and loose track pants in winter or a loose summer dress in the warmer months with flip flops.

Do jacuzzi’s and swimming pools affect the spray tan?

If you are immersing in water for long periods of time this makes the skin cells rub off rapidly and therefore the tan is removed faster.

My skin is very white, am I able to choose from different shades?

Yes, you can choose from about 5 shades.