How to Achieve a Quality Spray Tan Without Looking Like an Oompa-Loompa


The days are getting warmer, the sun is showing its face more and more and the skies are getting brighter with each passing day. Summer is just around the corner and let’s face it, after a winter of wrapping up against the elements, we are all a little pasty and that needs to be changed. Enter the miraculous beauty treatment that is spray tanning.

Spray tanning is one of those treatments you might not see as necessary, until you have your first one that is. However, achieving that perfect bronze body, requires some prep on your part and some maintenance, to ensure you don’t end up looking like an oompa-loompa.

So, whether you want to fake it until you can lie in the sun, or you want to choose a safer option for your skin, follow our tips below and you’ll be summer-ready in no time.

Preparing for your Spray Tan Treatment

Before you begin any SunFX spray tan treatment, it is essential that you take the time to prepare your skin properly. Do your best to shave or wax at least twenty-four hours before applying your spray tan. It’s important to exfoliate your body and face using a good-quality scrub so that the tan will be absorbed evenly. The last thing you want is for your spray tan to come out blotchy or patchy and removing these top layers of dry, dead skin will allow your tan to be applied better. After you’re finished in the shower, don’t use any deodorant, perfume or lotions.

Choosing the Right Application Method

In order to get the best overall tan, you should take the time to carefully weigh up each of the application methods. Choose a method that you are comfortable and confident with for the best results. You can pick from the lotion, spray can or mouse application options, each one has its own unique set of benefits.


Using a mousse application method, your tan will go on evenly and it dries quickly. One great advantage of the mousse is that you won’t go over the same area twice or miss any spots as you can already see where the product has been applied. This is a great choice for anyone who is new to applying tan and is looking for a natural looking color instantly.

Spray Can

The spray can, is a fantastic alternative to a traditional salon spray tan. Because the spray can be used at any angle, it’s easy to avoid any patches or streaks in your tan. Your back and other hard to reach places can be covered in seconds and the spray dries quickly, developing evenly in the applied area.


For a deeper, darker tan, consider using a tanning lotion. Both experienced tanners and beginners can use lotion effectively as cream-based products can be applied just like a moisturiser. For best results, lightly smooth the lotion over your skin rather than rubbing it in as too much pressure can leave you with streaks and patches.

Build Gradually

Whichever option you choose, be sure to take your time and build your colour slowly. Try an application before going to bed and then see how it looks in the morning You can always apply a second coat if necessary to bring your tan up more.


Once you’ve achieved your optimal tan, you can apply product every two to three days to maintain your new look. Keep your newly bronzed skin looking its best by hydrating daily with a high-quality body lotion or tan extender product and avoid long hot baths and spas, exfoliation and swimming in chlorinated pools to maintain your tan for longer. Follow these maintenance tips and you’ll be bronzed and ready to hit this beach with confidence this summer.