People are always asking me, “what is the best lotion to use after my spray tan?”

5 best lotions to use after your spray tan from sunspray by kathryn blog

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And one of those people asking is Samantha the owner over at Blue Layne Boutique.  Sam and her super sweet boutique fashion models all LOVE their spray tans.

Because the girls are constantly needing to photograph the new cute styles that come into the online shop weekly, they are getting spray tans frequently or using self-tanning products to keep that picture pretty glow.

Chloe Blue Layne Model Wearing a SunSpray Spray Tan

Dry skin definitely makes it hard to keep your sunless tan looking fresh and smooth. Patchy skin shows in photographs.  To extend the life of your sunless tan moisturized skin is a MUST!

Brooke Blue Layne Model Wearing A SunSpray Airbrush Tan

The problem is that some lotions contain ingredients that during my many years of spraying, I have discovered don’t work well with sunless tans, whether you get a spray tan or you self-tan at home.

Events To Spray Tan For:

Chole Blue Layne Model Wearing A SunSpray Tan

Lotion Ingredients that are bad for your spray tan:

  • Mineral oil
  • Alcohol
  • Fragrances
  • Dyes
  • Essential Oils
  • General unpronounceables (is this a word?)

Staying away from these ingredients while wearing your sunless tan ensures that your pretty glow lasts as long as possible and fades smoothly. Both are good things.

Brooke Blue Layne Boutique Model Wearing a SunSpray Tan

Also, a little heads up on the “in shower” lotions that have been on the market recently.  These are NOT spray tan friendly.

Update for the upcoming 2019 spray season: Essential oils that are in lotions or applied to the skin for aroma therapy can cause your spray tan to break down in the areas that you are applying the oils and can also cause problems with the essential oil residue causing an unsightly color change when you GET your spray tan.  Please make sure that you have removed all essential oil residue completely. Baking soda mixed into your mild shower wash will help to remove all traces of the oils before you come to your spray tanning appointment. And stop using the oils for at least 72 hours.

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Keep reading for my top 5 favorite moisturizers to use after a spray tan.

These lotions DON’T contain all those yucky ingredients that can ruin your tan and they DO contain amazing ingredients to nourish your skin.  Have you ever seen a patchy dry fade on a spray tan? It’s NOT pretty.

Check out my list below to find your new favorite and kick the alligator skin to the curb!

Kathryn’s Top 5 Favorite Lotions That Are Good to Use AFTER Your Spray Tan.

1. CeraVe after spray tan

CeraVe Moisturizer Amazon Link

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Definitely a go to gentle lotion that is recommended by dermatologists and safe for sensitive skin AND your spray tan.  There is also a body wash that is spray tan safe if you like your products to co-ordinate.


2. Coconut Oil after spray tan

  1. Shea Moisture Coconut Oil Amazon Link

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I’m a nature girl and coconut oil is my number one simple moisturizer for dry skin.  Only 1 ingredient! (this makes me happy.) Having a super dry and sensitive skin type many lotions leave me feeling itchy, coconut oil soothes my dry flakey’s and settles my skin without feeling heavy or sticky.  It’s the perfect after shower choice to smooth on when your skin is still wet for silky smooth legs.  One of my top recommendations in the spray room especially during our dry Midwest winters. Apply this lightly to shower damp skin – you don’t need much, just a dime size scoop will cover your whole body.


3. Shea Moisture after spray tan

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The Shea Moisture line of products is one of my all time favorites! Natural, organic and delicious.  Yummy scents that are all spray tan friendly and none of the crazy ingredients that can ruin a tan.  Just soft glowing skin.  These products LIVE in my bathroom. Check out the whole line for some really gentle and amazing shower gels, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners.  The Shea Moisture Promise:  We leave out these harmful ingredients: No Parabens, No Phthalates, No Paraffin, No Mineral Oil, No DEA, No Petroleum, No Formaldehyde, No Propylene.

The baby line smells delicious too, I wash my little Lilly dog in it 😉 I know, I know, crazy dog momma here.


4. Hempz Lotion after spray tan

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Hempz is doing the lotion scene right with a line that contains SPF 30.  If you are moisturizing you might as well protect from the harmful rays at the same time. And who doesn’t like simplifying your summer beauty routine by only needing one product and not two to apply every morning.  Throw in that there is also a glow cream and a sunless tanning option to extend your spray tan (that I am in LOVE with) and I think this option is a win/win! Spray tan safe, paraben free.


5. Alba Botanica after spray tan

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Alba has a wonderful line of moisturizers with different levels of hydration for different skin types.  From a lite lotion, perfect for the warm weather to a heavy crème when the air turns dry leaving our skin and our spray tans parched.  There is even a body moisturizer with an SPF option! No parabens, no sulfates, vegetarian and never tested on animals.  They also have a wonderful sunscreen that I talk about over here.


Choosing any of these amazing lotions to use after your spray tan will ensure that your skin stays hydrated and your tan stays smooth and fades softly away until it’s time to come in and get a fresh airbrush tan.

I hope you find a favorite in this list of best lotions to keep your tan!

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Hi, I’m Kathryn! I’m here to help you have the best spray tanning experience possible. When I’m not creating beautiful sunless tans, I am working with my students or writing for my blog sharing everything I know about how to get the perfect spray tan, how to give the perfect spray tan, and how to build a boutique spray tan business.

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