How to Spray on a Tan

by Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 28, 2017

Applying a fake spray tan to your body is harmless, unlike burning yourself in the sun or in a tanning booth. You can also do it in the comfort of your own home in a matter of minutes versus the hours you need to spend out in the sun to get your tan. Although a spray tan is temporary, you can spray yourself once per week so that you never lose your golden brown coloring.

Purchase a bottle of fake tanning spray. It is sold in department stores such as Wal-Mart and pharmacies such as CVS.

Wash your body with a loofah in the shower. This prepares your skin to take the fake tan by exfoliating the skin. The dead skin is washed away and your fresh skin is ready for a spraying.

Cover your hair with a shower cap. This is the only way to make sure that you don't tan your hair.

Place Vaseline on the areas of your body that you don't want to tan. This includes your fingernails, toenails and eyebrows.

Recruit a friend to help you with the spray tan. You can do it yourself, but you are ensured an even tan if someone else is doing the spraying.

Choose a bikini that will only be used when you tan. This way, you don't keep ruining bathing suits as you tan. Stand outside if it is warm enough. If not, you will want to tan in your shower so that you can quickly rinse any spray that got in the shower down the drain.

Have a friend start spraying you at the feet, working slowly up to your neck. Make sure the spray is at least six inches away from you. Your face will have to be done by hand. Spray the tan into the palm of your hand and then work it onto your face.

Keep your strokes even and don't place too much spray on your elbows and knees, which absorb the tanning spray with ease. Otherwise those spots will become too dark.

Stand in the shower or outside until the tanning spray dries. Once it dries, you need to stay away from water such as a shower or swimming pool for at least six hours. It is recommended that you wait a full day before showering.


  • Use a professional for your first tanning session. Pay attention to the technique so that you can repeat it at home in the future.

    A great tanning product to use is Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning, which doesn't clog up your pores.

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Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.