Working Out With A Spray Tan: How To Maintain Your Glow

spray tanning Jun 03, 2021

We all know spray tanning is a lot healthier alternative to keeping your summer glow year-round. Plus it is a part of a lot of people’s weekly routine. We get the question often, “How do I keep my tan from coming off when I work out?” 

Tight sports bras, compression pants, and all the movement can be rough on your tan but if you follow these simple tips you can still get your workout in while having a flawless tan!


Step 1:

If you plan on working out the day of your tan, make sure to do so before your appointment. With our Obsidian Solution you will want to refrain from working out until after your first rinse. 

Our solution is unique because it can also be used as a rapid tan, which is a great option if you work out in the evenings because you are able to work out after your first rinse in as little as 2 hours. Sweating before your first rinse can cause your tan to not develop or streak.


Step 2:

Apply setting powder to areas that see the most friction before working out such as where your sports bra rubs, between the girls, in the creases of elbows and knees, and insides of thighs. 

Apply powder heavier if you wear any kind of support or brace. All other areas can be lightly dusted. 


Step 3:

Make sure you are not using mineral oil and talc-free deodorant. This can cause your underarms to have white patches. I know not everyone is ready to make the switch to fully natural deodorant (hello funky phase!) but an alternative is something like Degree “Motion Sense".

While it is not a fully natural deodorant it doesn’t have the majority of the harmful ingredients in it and it helps so much with sweating in general, the more active you are, the more it works. 

Plus it keeps your underarms evenly tan. Always opt for a “clean scent”. High fragrance options can not only cause your tan to fade but sometimes the scent combination isn’t lovely. 


Step 4:

Always shower after your workout. When sweat dries on your skin it can cause your skin to dry out more. Make sure to use a hydrating natural body wash such as the Glo bar and moisturize well after to re-hydrate your skin.


Step 5:

Avoid saunas or hot yoga if at all possible or save it for your exfoliation day. They are extremely harsh on your tan and can cause it to exfoliate very quickly. Using a sauna or doing hot yoga can help the exfoliation process, doing this the night before your next tan can help prep for your next session but we highly recommend avoiding it while you are trying to extend your tan.


Sunless spray tans provide a variety of benefits over natural or UV bed tanning. To get the best results from your investment, you’ll need to nurture your skin after you leave the salon.

Developing your color to its fullest potential takes a little bit of caution and care. Follow these guidelines to ensure you get the most mileage and the deepest glow out of your sunless spray tanning experience. 

And if you’re looking to expand your knowledge or learn something new, consider signing up for one of our Spray Tan Class courses!