The best way to shave after a spray tan is to use a sulfate-free shower wash, a new razor, and a light touch. Pat dry when you’re done and moisturize with a self-tanning lotion to extend your color. All other hair removal methods should be done before your spray tan so as not to remove your color.

How to shave after your spray tan so you don't ruin your sunless tan

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Shaving Before Your Spray Tan

First things first, the day BEFORE your spray tan appointment go ahead and exfoliate your body and shave.  This gives us a smooth pallet to spray over and removes the dry patchy skin that can lead to an uneven sunless tan. If you are waxing, bleaching or doing laser hair removal methods please have all of this done before your tanning appointment as well.

Can You Shave The Day Of A Spray Tan?

This depends on your coloring and how coarse or fine your hair is.

DARK HAIR: If you have very coarse or dark hair, shave the night before your tan, it gives a chance for your pores to close up before the spray tan is applied so the tanning solution doesn’t settle into them resulting in little polka dots.

FAIR HAIR: If you are fair with light fine hair you can shave the day of your spray tan. Just make sure to rinse with cool water to help close the pores after you are done shaving.

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Shaving After Your Spray Tan:

Shaving does exfoliate the skin, so to shave AFTER your spray tan there are a few tricks to remember:

  1. WAIT 24 HOURS after getting your spray tan to shave.
  2. USE A NEW RAZOR.  The old razor that is hanging out in the shower is dull and will drag on your skin taking your tan off with it. This isn’t going to make anyone happy so go grab a fresh one so it can glide along without dragging against your skin as much.
  3. DON’T USE SHAVING FOAM.  Shaving products often have ingredients that can damage your tan. Alcohol and heavy detergents can dry and strip your tan away.  In a pinch use your conditioner or a sulfate-free, shower wash so you are not applying harsh products to your freshly sprayed tan. Or grab one of the sunless tan safe shaving lotions that I list below in my shopping guide. If your razor has a moisturizing strip make sure that you are rinsing all that product off your skin too. PRO TIP: Never dry shave.
  4. LIGHT TOUCH. Don’t press hard when you are shaving.  Let the razor glide along your skin gently so that you are not taking off the tan when you shave.

Spray Tan Tips For Men

When it comes to my male clients getting their spray tan applied we need to have a quick conversation about your shaving routine.

You are shaving your face and/or head so if we mess this up it’s gonna show.

My questions are:

  • How often do you shave?
  • Do you use a blade or electric?
  • Are you using any pre-shave products or after-shave products?

First shave your face and/or head before you come in for your spray tan appointment.

This gives me a clean palate to start with.

Before shaving the first time after I have applied your airbrush spray tan, wait at least 24 hours for the sunless tan to fully develop before shaving.

Skip the pre-shave products as they have ingredients in them that will break down your tan.

Don’t use a foam based shaving product.  These have alcohol and detergents in them that will break down your tan.

Do use a plain alcohol free lotion after you shave to soothe and hydrate your skin and keep your tan moisturized.

Don’t shave daily if you can help it.

Use an electric razor over a blade. This is more gentle to your spray tan helping it to last longer.

Spray Tan Tips For Shaving

Try not to shave daily after your spray tan if you can help it.  The more often you are shaving the faster you will fade out your color. Also, waxing after your spray tan will definitely remove your color as waxing removes some skin along with the hair so make sure that if you are waxing that you do that 48 hours BEFORE your spray tan.

You CAN have bronzy smooth skin if you follow these spray tan tips for shaving after your spray tan!

And as always, following up with a good moisturizer or sunless glow creme can help to keep your color longer.

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Spray Tan Safe Shaving Products

Here is what I recommend:

  1. Kiss My Face Moisture Shave Shaving Cream, Fragrance Free

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Love this shaving lotion!  It’s simple and gentle and gives a great glide for a close shave all without the spray tan damaging ingredients that can strip your color. Fragrance free and soft skin.

2. Alba Natural Very Emollient Cream Shave, Mango Vanilla

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Y’all know how much I LOVE the Alba product line (their sunscreen is amazing).  This shave creme is wonderful! Smells great, no harmful ingredients for your sunless tan and you just need the tiniest bit to get a great smooth shave.

3. Gillette Mach3 Turbo Men’s Razor

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This is my FAVORITE razor to shave my legs with.  I know it’s a mans razor but hang with me for a minute, it gives a great close shave, leaving my legs SUPER smooth!  The women’s razors that I have tried have a lot of bells and whistles but just don’t get my legs smooth.  Also the Mach3 doesn’t have all the extra moisturizing strips like on the ladies razors that seem to damage my spray tan.  Anyone know what’s in that stuff anyway?

4. Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover

Amazon link to ladies electric shaver for legs

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This ladies electric shaver, has 18K gold plated heads, and easily contours to every curve. Easy to hold design is great for legs, ankles and knees – all areas of your legs that are prone to getting nicked or cut. I LOVE that it has a built-In LED light, makes it so easy to see what you are doing; rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it cordless and portable.

5. Philips Norelco OneBlade Face + Body hybrid electric trimmer and shaver

Amazon link to mens norelco electric razor safe for spray tans

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Rechargeable OneBlade Face + Body can trim, edge, and shave any length of hair. Shave is not too close so your skin stays comfortable. Includes 2 blades, 1 for your face and 1 for your body. Use wet or dry. Click-on skin guard for extra protection on sensitive areas. Includes 4 stubble combs + 1 body comb for an even trim on face or body. Automatic voltage – 100-240 Volt. Max power consumption – 2 Watt. Rechargeable Li-lon battery delivers 60 minutes of constant performance

So Can You Shave After A Spray Tan?

Yes, you can, as long as you follow my above rules. I hope this helps you have the best of both worlds.  A lovely tan with a smooth shave after your spray tan!

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