The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Best Spray Tan



What’s the best way to get that glowing, sun-kissed look you want? You could spend all day in the sun, or you could try getting an airbrush tanning session at Glow Spa Buffalo. Here’s what to expect when you go to our location in Buffalo, NY, along with some tips on how to get the best spray tan on the market. We’re even sharing our Ultimate Guide to getting the perfect spray tan!

What is a spray tan?

If you want a beautiful, natural glow for your next event but are a little hesitant about exposing yourself to ultraviolet rays or sweating it out in a tanning bed, then you may be wondering if there’s another option. You’ve come to the right place! With spray tanning, you can get that sun-kissed look without having to endure harmful UV exposure.

How does it work?

A spray tan goes on evenly and has a natural look. It should be applied with an airbrush, a machine that sprays a mist of color onto your skin, which gives you even coverage. This is also safer than traditional spray tans that use a self-tanning solution in a can. If you’re looking for a gorgeous tan that will last for days after one application (and you want it fast), a self-tanning lotion is probably your best bet. Keep in mind though, these products can be messy and don’t always give you much control over where they go.

How long does it last?

For some people, spray tanning seems like a decent idea. It looks like a great way to get tanned without all of that sun damage, after all. But how long does it last? When is it time for your next spray tan? The answer is simple: A spray tan lasts 6-10 days depending on your skin type and preparation. It’s not a good idea to get another spray tan until the first one fully washes off or your spray tan will look blotchy.

Factors affecting color result

The color of your skin is determined by its chromophores, which are pigment molecules that reflect light. The different chromophores found in our bodies include melanin (a pigment that gives skin and hair its color), carotenoids (yellow pigments), and hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying molecules). While spray tanning is often thought of as a temporary fix for staying tan year-round, there’s more to it than what meets the eye. Skin color has three components: redness, yellowness, and whiteness. For most people, there will be an increase in redness and yellowness after spray tanning, but some darker-skinned people might experience a decrease in their natural whiteness. Book a consult with Glow Spa Buffalo to get the best-customized Air Brush tan for your skin type. 

Types of spray tans

Some salons like us, Glow Spa Buffalo, and spray tanning booths offer airbrush spray tans, which is basically a paint gun that sprays a thin layer of the liquid solution onto your skin. It’s a great option if you want more precise coverage and can be less messy than traditional spray tans. If you opt for an airbrush tan, make sure you go somewhere with experienced technicians who do it all day long; they’ll be able to get rid of any splotches or orange spots. Glow Spa Buffalo Air Brush tanning technicians are professionally trained to give you a natural look. 

Where can you get a professional spray tan done?

While there are plenty of tanning salons that will offer you a spray tan, there’s nothing quite like having a spray tan done at a more specialized location. Glow Spa Buffalo is one of these places. The reason these places are better than average salons is that they specialize in applying only natural-looking, safe-to-use products on your skin for an even, smooth finish.

Do I need to prepare my skin before getting a spray tan?

Before getting a spray tan, do not use any deodorant or antiperspirant products on your skin for at least 24 hours. Shower, shave and exfoliate your skin. Then apply an SPF lotion on your face, arms and legs 20 minutes before getting a spray tan. This will ensure you get an even application. Do not put any makeup on before getting a spray tan! The makeup acts as an insulator and can prevent skin from receiving pigment properly.

What skincare products should I use after getting a spray tan?

Most salons and spas will tell you to moisturize after a spray tan, but you can also use an oil-free moisturizer that contains sunscreen. We use specific products that enhance your tan. They are not moisturizers but better. My personal favorite is A’Marie H2glOw tanning water, which is a lightweight, self-tanning spray that develops into a natural-looking glow. It’s very easy to apply and gives flawless, streak-free results. The tan will gradually develop over the next 8 hours and can be re-applied as needed. It is also great for touch-ups on the face, neck, decollate, and hands with an existing spray tan.  We sell both of these at Glow Spa Buffalo.  If your skin is on the sensitive side, stick with something unscented.


There are a lot of factors that go into finding your perfect spray tan. To find out which one is best for you, consider asking these questions: Do you have sensitive skin? Are you planning on spending an extended period of time outside before it fades? Which area do you plan on spraying? And what’s your budget? Now that you know how to go about finding your perfect spray tan, there’s nothing left to do but get started!

Book an appointment with the experts at Glow Spa Buffalo.