Now that Summer has arrived, a spray tan is pretty much a necessity to ease you back into lazy days at the beach. I mean, nobody wants to be that pasty girl on the sand, sparkling like a disco ball, right? But with a spray tan comes that niggling doubt of what if – what if I go orange? What if I go patchy? Or streaky? Well below I have written my very own guide to the ultimate spray tan so that you can make the most out of this summer.

First of all, exfoliation is key. A spray tan works by staining the outer layer of your skin cells darker (not as scary as it sounds – trust me). By exfoliating, you are removing the dead skin cells that would have flaked off in a couple of days and leaving behind younger skin cells that will stick around much longer which means a more even and longer lasting tan.

On the day of your spray tan, don’t wear any deodorant, perfume or moisturizer to your appointment. Not only do these products create a barrier between your skin and the tan (and only where you have applied it – hello patchy tan!), but deodorant can also turn your tan green! Not a good look.

Once your tan has been applied, don’t swim, shower or sweat until the development time is over. This can range anywhere from 30 minutes to eight hours, so make sure that you check before you leave your appointment! Make sure that if you have an Express Tan (30mins-4 hours) that you don’t leave it on longer than the recommended development time – it can overdevelop and may go orange. If you have a 6-8 hour tan then this won’t overdevelop and can be left overnight.

Once your tan has developed, jump in the shower and use a sulphate-free shower gel to cleanse your skin as sulphates found in other body wash products can strip your tan. After showering, pat your skin dry with your towel rather than rub so that you don’t prematurely fade the tan.

Make sure that you use a body butter every day – morning and night – to keep your skin hydrated as this will prevent dead skin cells flaking off and taking your tan with them!

Avoid chlorinated pools, the beach and hot showers as these can all cause premature fading.

Enjoy your summer!



Now, I’m sure that by now you are more than aware that tanning is skin cells in trauma and that skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in Australia. Which is definitely scary but admittedly never stopped me from laying out in the sun for hours on end trying to achieve the perfect bronzed bod.

We all strive for the ultimate golden complexion because we want to look beautiful, right? Well, what if I told you that sun damage is the number one reason for premature ageing in Australia? Don’t believe me? Well get this – I have a friend who is six years older than me; her entire life she has been extremely aware of applying sunblock every day before she leaves the house and again around lunch time. I did not. And now, she looks younger than me. I’m talking about a twenty-four year old woman being asked for ID when entering a pub because she looks sixteen or seventeen. It’s ridiculous.

Not ready to pass up on a tanned bikini body this summer? Don’t stress – spray tans are the easiest (and safest) way to get your glow on! Technology has come a long way in the past few years so you needn’t freak about looking like an oompa-loompa. It’s all about choosing the right base tone for your colouring. If you have a pale complexion, then a product with a green base will give your skin some warmth underneath the brown. If you already have a warm skin tone then you should use a product with a blue or violet base to avoid looking too yellow. Because jaundice is never a good look.

At Esstudio we use Techno Tan for our spray tans – it comes in a wide variety of colours and in both express tans and long-wear 8-hour options. It lasts between 5 and 10 days, depending on your natural colouring and how well you maintain your tan! (Stay tuned for a post on the best ways to get the most wear out of your spray tan)