Welcome to our Mobile Spray Tan FAQ’s! Scroll through to find out all you need to know about spray tanning
What To Wear & Clothing Questions
Can I wear a bra/bikini?
Absolutely! First and foremost we want to give you a flawless tan; so we suggest bearing in mind the kind of outfit you’re going to wear with your new tan. For example if you are wearing a strapless dress we’d suggest not wearing a top during your tan, or at least a strapless bikini/bra.
The same goes for the bottom half; if you’re intending on wearing a brazilian cut bikini we’d suggest you wear a bottom half that is also brazilian cut or something smaller such as a thong or g-string to avoid any obvious tan lines – we don’t want to ruin the illusion of our natural looking spray tans now do we?! Your secret is safe with us.
Can I be naked to avoid all tan lines?
Most of our clients choose to wear something on their bottom half to preserve modesty (g-strings, brazilian pants etc are a-okay!), but some women choose to be naked to avoid that gorgeous little white line! However we would prefer if men were covered at all times; we’ve seen it all before but we feel this is best for our clients and expert tanners comfort. But the same rules apply, guys if you want to wear a g-string then go right ahead!
I’m getting married, will the tan come off on my wedding dress?
It’s potentially one of the most expensive outfits you will ever wear, and so it’s natural to be concerned that the tan will rub off onto your dress or shirt collar. Thankfully the quality of Wilde About Tan’s chosen solution Vani-T allows peace of mind for your big day.
We always recommend you have a pre-wedding test (perhaps the hen/stag do), and wear fitted white garments the day and two days after your tan so you can gauge how soon before your wedding you wish to be tanned. It’s all about the organisation!
The only thing you will have to worry about is mopping up hubby or wifey’s happy tears when they see that they are onto a bronzed winner with their choice of partner for life.
How long after tanning can I get dressed properly or go outside?
If you have never had a spray tan before, it can feel a bit alien on your skin (like a body butter), you may be concerned about it rubbing off and ruining it.
However, if you have had spray tans before, you will most likely be astonished about how light it feels on your skin as well as how dry it is and that you can just crack on with your day as normal. School pick up, lunch with friends, weekly grocery shop, it’s all completely do-able. We just recommend you wear loose dark clothes after, and if it’s raining, cover up and use an umbrella. Simples!
What should I wear after my Spray tan
The sensible answer is anything loose and dark. The stylish answer is a maxi-dress, playsuit or kaftan. In any case, please don’t wear leggings, roll necks, long sleeved tight tops or hiking boots. Seriously. This is no laughing matter… unless you like the pattern of your clothes on your skin for the next week or so…
Booking, Payment & Discounts
How can I pay?
You must pre pay to secure your appointment slot. We prefer it within a two hour window from booking your appointment, after this time we have to offer it out to our waiting list and other eager beaver customers! Our professionals do not accept cash. We have kept everything super simple for them and you, no faffing about with cash.
I need to cancel my booking, what should I do?
We understand that life can be unpredictable so if you need to cancel or rearrange your appointment it’s not a problem; however please allow at least 24 hours. If there is an emergency and you need to reschedule within three hours notice, we will do our absolute best to accomodate your needs.
What if I get addicted and want to book another spray tan?
The Wilde About Tan service is specifically designed to get you hooked, there, we said it. Saying that, we want to offer the most affordable luxury that we can, so of course we just had to operate three different membership options and a loyalty card scheme.
This means you will end up paying less for your addiction than that women does down the road who has to go to a salon for her tango tan – you know, the one with the orange hands? Oh we’re naughty saying that but I’m sure we’ve all met at least one of these people before!
Do you offer discounts?
As mentioned above, our lovely clients will receive loyalty rewards on completion of your first spray tan. We also supply aftercare leaflets which include discounts for you to pass on savings to your friends and family who were too busy to join you on your first spray tan. On top of this you will also receive a 10% discount on your first product order. Bonus!
Skin Care & Tan Care Questions
I don’t want to look like an oompa lumpa, are your spraytan’s orange?
Best to read the answer here and not utter these words around Andrea at your appointment. She is often insulted by the term ‘orange’ as it’s like a swear word in the tanning vocab! This is only because she can’t believe this is still a concern in this day and age because Wilde About Tan only use Vani-T Solution.
It’s such a natural colour that often friends and family will think you have had a cheeky trip away, certainly not a spray tan. In short, we don’t do orange. We promise. And if you’d like to see this in action, head on over to our instagram page for real life examples of a range of skin tones with the Vani-T tan applied.
How should I prep my skin before my tan?
For best results, please exfoliate 12 hours before and don’t apply moisturiser before we get there as it creates a barrier. Please refrain from wearing perfume and deodorant, and remove all jewellery. For more details on this head over to our Top Tan Tips page!
Can I buy a top up tan product/moisturiser to extend my tan?
We stock a number of Vani-T products aimed at extending the life of your spray tan as well as topping it up. If you’re interested in purchasing them please let us know and we’ll bring a selection with us on the day for you to choose from or get them straight from our online shop! We’ll also talk you through top tips on how to use them for the best and longest lasting tan possible.
How long will my spraytan last?
Ah, the ‘how long is a piece of string’ question. This can depend on a number of situ’s. If you have prepped well with exfoliation prior to your tan and wear loose clothing afterwards your tan should last at least 7 days.
However to extend this you will need to follow our aftercare guidelines. This means avoiding oil-based products when showering and moisturising combined with a body polish on day 4-5: in the past our clients have kept their tan for up to 14 days!
The average is 7-10 days with it fading from your face and hands first as these are used and abused most (washing hands, make up remover). Remember though, we offer fabulous top up products so you don’t have to worry about that at all.
I know I need to moisturise to maintain my tan, but which one should I use?
This is completely up to you, though there are a few things to note. Oil based products strip fake tans faster and so if you NEED that expensive essential oil moisturiser in your life, you just need to be aware your tan might not last as long. We love body butters because they have lovely essential oils in them which help hydrate the skin but are predominantly moisturiser based; this means they have a minimal effect on your tan but still provide your skin with much needed moisture.
Should I use shower gel/cream in the shower or just water?
Part of the routine I enjoy most about my glorious shower is stepping out smelling gorgeous and fresh. Let’s be honest though, we have very little time in our busy lives, do we want to be skipping that one luxurious shower experience because we are scared of washing away our tan with the wrong products. Just water is so naff, so please feel free to use your normal shower gel, but one that’s not too oily!
Is it ok to have a wax or shave after my Spray tan?
There are no two ways about this, you MUST wax or shave before your spray tan, not after. If you can do it 12 hours or more before that would also be fantastic. We don’t want any invisible barrier left on your skin now do we?
Sometimes we just have to shave a little on those stubborn, fast growing areas after our tan but bare in mind that when you are shaving, you are effectively shaving the first layer of your skin and that’s exactly where the tan is resting.
If you really must, please do not dry shave, use a hydrating shaving gel/cream and a sharp blade softly so you don’t have to go over and over the same area.
Can I tan naturally through my Spray tan? I’ve heard it acts as a barrier?
We can confirm that Vani-T solution has absolutely no SPF protection in it. We passionately recommend that you apply sun cream as often as you can regardless of the sunshine or not, those rays get through when you least expect it and you can easily burn (trust that we have experience in this – for test purposes of course, ok not really, it’s just that the spray tan looks so damned natural). We are all about protecting your skin, so please please do your skin a favour and look after it every day.
How long should I wait between Spray tans?
We won’t lie, if you do everything you are told pre and post maintenance, you should only need a new fresh tan every 10 – 14 days. You want to make sure your last tan is completely removed before your next, and this tan is a keeper so your fair skin takes quite a while to reappear in most cases. To ensure we are spraying on a gorgeous blank canvas, we recommend you invest in a Vani-T tan eraser. It’s the best thing since sliced bread. If you’d like to know more about this please head over to our Shop or let us know before your appointment and we can bring it with us for you to purchase.
Pregnancy, Nails & Fake Lashes Questions
I’m pregnant, is it safe to have a spray tan?
As you will read everywhere, for the first trimester of pregnancy, you are advised not to sneeze ‘just in case’…so we follow suit and recommend that you wait until this early stage has passed to indulge in a spray tan.
There are absolutely no studies/research to suggest that spray tanning is in any way harmful. Still, this isn’t good enough for Wilde About Tan, which is why we go one step further and use only organic based products. We truly care about what you put on your skin and in your body in general. Nothing but the best for our clients.
It is also pertinent to note though, your spray tan can be affected by hormones, particularly during pregnancy as you’re going through a lot of changes. It may come out slightly lighter or darker than normal. Of course it may be exactly as you expect it to be as well, we just need you to know this is a possibility.
Some told me that hormones can affect my tan, is this true?
That person may have been a Wilde About Tan professional, because yes, it’s true, and not many people are aware of this. Where you are in your cycle can affect your colour result and longevity of the tan. Medication can also play a part. Just when you think you have the pre, and post tan maintenance routine down, your hormones go and kick in to keep you on your toes. So not fair!
But don’t panic, your tan won’t be ruined, it just may come out slightly lighter or darker than normal. It may not. We just need you to know it is a possibility – you’ll still look lovely, and not a hint of orange in sight!
Should I have my nails done before or after my Spray tan?
Wilde About Tan operate a process to protect those gorgeous talons of yours before and after your tan, so it doesn’t really matter, however, if you have to soak off gels or acrylics it makes sense to have your nails done first so as not to ruin the tan on your fingers. Don’t worry, the spray tan will not fade or affect your nails at all.
I’m worried that my fake eyelashes might be affected by your Spray tan, should I be?
Fear not, your eyelashes will not be affected at all with Vani-T solution. It is not an oil based product so those fluttery things will stay perfectly glued right where they should be. Again, this is a beauty treatment that should be carried out before your spray tan and not after on the same day.