• Exfoliate within 24 hours prior to spray tan to provide a smooth surface for even tanning results
  • Shave within 24 hours prior to spray tan, shaving after application causes premature sunless fading
  • Remove make up and jewelry prior to sunless application
  • Avoid putting on lotion and perfume/cologne before spray tan as they can create a barrier preventing full sunless absorption
  • Prime skin for darker color with a California Tan Sunless®maximizer product
  • Apply Barrier Cream to areas of the body that typically have dry skin, such as feet, hands and backs of heels




  • For professional applications, this step is when you receive the sunless color via handheld machine or booth
  • For at home applications, this is when you apply self-tanners
  • Do not wear wool, nylon or silk during the application
  • To apply self-tanners evenly to the skin use circular motions
  • Avoid the bottom of your feet and apply lightly to dry areas such as knees and elbows
  • Wash hands immediately after application
  • Give skin time to dry before touching it or dressing




  • Wear dark, loose fitting clothes after sunless application. Do not wear wool, nylon or silk
  • Wait 1 to 3 hours (1 hour for dark color, 2 hours for darker color and 3 hours for darkest color) Note: the new Ultra Dark Solution may take up to four hours to fully develop
  • Take cooler showers. Hot water strips the body of its natural oils causing skin to dry out
  • Wash with Sulfate free body wash as Sulfate strips sunless color
  • Do not moisturize, exercise or swim until after your first shower
  • Do not exfoliate for at least 48 hours after application
  • Moisturize daily with Ultra Moisturizer or Tan Extender with Bronzers, moisturized skin holds sunless color better