Most competitors’ will agree that the tanning process is one of the most stressful and dreaded parts of their contest prep, yet it’s the one aspect of their prep which they can control.

It's our job to alleviate that stress, and to make the experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.  

Probably the MOST important thing to know about competition spray tans (and all spray tans for that matter) is if your skin is in terrible shape, your tan will most likely also be terrible.

Improper prep - In and out of the competition tanning industry, this is one of the leading causes of a lack lustre tan.  


  • A week before your show start exfoliating your skin daily to refine the texture of your skin.
Spray tans contain DHA which even in organic form can have a mild drying effect on your skin.
Spray tan grabs to dry skin and can overdevelop on dry skin resulting in a dark burnt orange look (yes, we said the "O" word!).

Exfoliating removes and smooths any dry patches revealing fresh soft skin as a perfect blank canvas for an even, beautiful, natural looking spray tan.

We recommend using our ph balancing product.during the week leading up to your tan application and on the day of your tan being applied.

PH Prep

  • Moisturise your skin thoroughly immediately after exfoliating every day to nourish the skin and help get a smooth even colour (pay particular attention to knees, elbows, feet, back and hands).
  • Remove all hair at least 48 hrs prior to your first tanning appointment - if you leave this too late it will show as soon as the tan is sprayed on especially if your skin is prone to any reactions.
  • Ensure that you have not used any form of hair removal product within 24-48 hours of comp tan application as this can result in your tan not grabbing and also it turning a shade of green


  • Before you come to your base tan appointment, shower and exfoliate gently to ensure even absorption of colour but DO NOT moisturise,use deodorant or perfume or put any products on your skin. 
  • Focus a lot on the dry areas you may have (elbows, knees...) and also on the area that is constantly wrecked by the bottom band on your sports bra. Sounds a little strange, but most women have almost calloused skin from their sports bras!

It's not super noticeable but we know you can for sure feel a difference, and the exfoliating in this area ensures that the tan will react with your skin as evenly as possible

  • Wear/bring loose dark light clothing (NO red clothing as this can turn the tan green) and thongs – drawstring bottoms are best as they are looser than a waistband. 

Your base tan is required to be left on a minimum of 8 hours, then lightly rinse ensuring you remove all the cosmetic bronzer.

This may vary with tanners with some tanners preferring you to sleep in this tan and not rinse off prior to your top coat being applied.
  • Do not wash your hair after your base tan application as the shampoo and conditioner can compromise your tan.
  • Don't be alarmed at the bronzer wash off in the shower as over the next 8-12 hours after you wash off your tan bronzer the actual tan will develop
  • Pat dry after your shower to avoid rubbing
  • Moisturise your body 


This part of the competition is NOT a fashion show.

Please do not sacrifice your tan because you want to look cute backstage.
Many of our tanning technicians are wildly talented at fixing little areas where you mess up your tan, but they are not magicians.
Make their life easier, and your stress less, by taking proper care of your tan.

The WORST thing for your tan is skin on skin contact along with tight clothing, sports bras, elastic items.

Hence the suggestion of long sleeves and long pants or a robe (not satin) for women to wear before and after your tan.

  • On the day of your tan DO NOT use oils, deodorant or any other products before your final top coat application, they may make it run and turn green. 
  • Do not arrive wearing a bra or sports bra as this creates indents in your skin and can rub off your base tan
  • Ensure that you have not used any form of hair removal product within 24-48 hours of comp tan application as this can result in your tan not grabbing and also it turning a shade of green
  • Wear loose dark clothing at all times (throughout the day) until you need to put your stage outfit on.
  • Wear sticky feet or go barefoot as your only footwear till you're ready for the stage
  • Avoid exercise, perspiring and DO NOT get tanned skin wet.
  • Be particularly careful during the pump up period as sweating can make your top coat application start to run before you hit the stage.

After Tan Care

  • Your top coat should wash off easily with your first shower with soap and water. 
  • Our Tan Remover is the perfect product to aid in removing your competition tan. For hard to remove areas add one of our exfoliating mitts/gloves.
  • Your skin will seem quite dry after your comp so we recommend purchasing a hydrating moisturiser.

What is PH Balance and how does this affect my skin?
What does PH stand for?
Potential Hydrogen. It is used to describe the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance, which ranges from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline). The health of your body—and skin—is directly linked to maintaining the right balance between acidity and alkalinity.
How so?
The skin’s barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria. To work its best, the acid mantle should be slightly acidic, at a 5.5 pH balance.
When your skin is too alkaline, it can become dry and sensitive.Over exfoliation can damage your skins barrier and in turn affect your skins PH level.
Maintaining a healthy PH balance within your body is also extremely important – in some cases, an over acidic body may lead to your tan turning green.