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How to Exfoliate After a Spray Tan - Our Guide

How to Exfoliate After a Spray Tan

For lovers of sun kissed skin who favour a natural spray tan over baking in the sun, exfoliating is a popular point of discussion. Urban legend has it that a regular scrub fades your brand-new mocha flush—but this myth couldn’t be further from the truth. On the contrary, exfoliating prolongs the vibrance and luminosity of a fresh tan. Here’s how it works.

Stage 1 - The First Tan

For avid beachgoers and backyard tanners, the skin first thickens and begins to peel. Exfoliating the skin before and after tanning helps retain its soft layers, removing dead skin and leaving room for active cells. By stimulating melanocytes to produce melanin, the skin protects itself against UVA and UVB rays.

Stage 2 - After Exfoliating

Post-exfoliation, your “leaking” organic spray tan isn’t how it may appear—scrubbing eliminates the superficial layers, including dead skin cells, smog, and dust. To rehydrate the skin, apply your go-to body lotion. Over time, your tan will don a healthy and luscious glow.

Stage 3 - The Three-Component Routine

Managing your tan is a three-step process: exfoliate, protect, and hydrate. Remove the peeling base to reveal a smooth surface. Then, “prime” your skin with the appropriate products before applying the desired colour.

Stage 4 - Battling the Seasons

To combat the wrath of the hotter seasons, don’t be caught unprepared! Exfoliate regularly and use sunblock when you’re out and about. The golden rule for protecting your tan is SPF—to remove free radicals and prevent premature ageing and burns.

How to Exfoliate After Tanning

  1. Whether off to the tanning salon or armed with an at-home tanning spray, exfoliating before your session is as vital as exfoliating after it. Always prepare your skin to ensure that your quality tan adheres well.

  2. Avoid showering for at least six to eight hours after tanning. Allow the tan to penetrate the skin—refrain from indulging in a steam bath or a trip to the pool or sauna.

  3. Use salt-free products to exfoliate your heels, knees, elbows, and rougher parts of your body. If you’re using a face tanner, exfoliate around the hairline to prevent buildup.

  4. Moisturize immediately after exfoliating with a gentle organic product. Keep the skin hydrated by paying particular attention to your daily water intake.

  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 at least once or twice a week to achieve a deep and stunning tan. If you’re from the city, a thorough tanning process will fool any onlookers into thinking otherwise.


Contrary to popular belief, organic tanning services are far from toxic. Chemical-free colour mixology is an extraordinary, long-lasting method that isn’t smelly—or orange! With the proper aftercare and professional help, you won’t have to sacrifice health and wellness for beauty. Looking streak-free is as easy as sourcing natural and dependable products and performing your hydration regimen religiously.

At Glo Organic, we’re big believers in sunless tanning. Our process is customizable, with dedicated technicians who can help you achieve your ultimate tan goals. Our mixologists create tailor-made colours that leave you feeling golden inside and out. If you’re ready to get your Toronto tan on, book a session with us today!

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