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What to wear to bed after a spray tan

What To Wear To Bed After A Spray Tan

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Going to sleep immediately after a fresh spray tan appointment or going to bed after a spray tan appointment shouldn’t have to be tricky or something you should really ponder about. It doesn’t matter whether spray tanning is your usual mode of tanning or it’s the first spray tan that you’ve ever had, the skincare tip for how to comport yourself when going to bed after using a spray tan does vary in some ways and shouldn’t be ignored.

If you are worried about staining your bed sheets with spray tan solution if you try to lay down on your bed after a fresh spray tan, you can simply switch to a dark color bedsheet or ask the spray tanning professionals at your salon for a special sheet cover that will protect your bed from spray tanning solution stains. These special spray tan bed sheets covers are going to be your best friends going forward if you continue to get a spray tan because they are super effective against tanning solution stains and save a lot of headaches of worrying about getting your bedsheet stained.

Can I Lay Down After A Spray Tanning Session?

Definitely, you can lay down and sleep after getting a fresh spray tan. Laying down after a spray tanning appointment typically isn’t something that most spray tanners are concerned about because they know that they have to let their bronzed skin dry before lying down on anything but as a new user, you might not be aware so there are a few things to keep in mind if you just get a freshly tanned skin and want to go right ahead to lay down on your bed.

  • First of all, be sure that your spray tan is completely dry before laying down because if not, the spray tan solution may get smudged which could lead to having tan lines, uneven spray tan results on parts of your body.
  • Secondly, make sure where you are laying down is well ventilated so you don’t sweat and get the spray tan smeared. So, get your AC or Fan ready to blow you out.

How long after a spray tan can you lay down?

To avoid getting your bed sheets or wherever you lay on stained with tan, it’s best to wait for about 8 hours before laying down. The reason for this is that spray tanning solution doesn’t dry instantly, instead, it dries little by little over time. Even if it appears that your spray tan has dried up to a certain extent, you still need to be a little bit careful by wearing loose fitting clothing and avoid rubbing your body against surfaces.

But 8 hours is long and can be drastically reduced by forcing the spray tan to dry. You might wonder how you can make a fresh spray tan dry dramatically faster; Well you can make your freshly tanned skin dry and develop faster by:

  • Spending some time in front of or below a fan
  • Wearing loose clothing, and wear loose socks.
  • Spending some time chilling in front of an air conditioner (AC).
  • Avoid contact with water or anything moist.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes immediately after a spray tan.

Is it OK to sit down after a spray tan appointment?

Due to the spray tanning process, some people worry their fake tan might accidentally rub off if they sit down immediately after tanning. While it is always best to err on the side of caution and avoid sitting until after at least 2 hours (4 hours for spray tans that look extra pale), many make an exception and sit down within 30mins of getting spray tanned if their tan is applied by a professional spray tanner that uses good quality tanning products and speeds up the drying, development, and tanning process using the above method.

Spray tans when not completely dry can sometimes rub off on furniture and/or clothing, especially if the spray tan solution was put on too heavily or if it’s not allowed to sit for long enough. It’s also possible that the spray tanning solution could wear away due to continuous friction as a result of constant rubbing.

what to wear to bed after a spray tan

When going to bed after getting a spray tan what you wear could make or break your hard work during your tanning sessions. Some clothing is completely fine to wear right after tanning, while others can ruin spray tan completely.

Here are some of the most common types of clothing to wear to bed after a spray tan:

  • Silk or satin
  • 100% cotton clothes (make sure they’re loose fitting)
  • Flowy shirts or Gowns 
  • Light clothes without hinges
  • Loose fitting jumpsuits
  • Loose fitting long pants
  • Loose fitting long sleeves shirt or top
  • Frothy skirts etc.

What NOT to wear to bed after a spray tanning appointment

First of all, it’s important to get rid of all jewelry, makeup, accessories like watches, rings are things that shouldn’t be on you after getting your spray tan and shouldn’t be on you when going to bed.

Wearing tight clothes after getting sprayed with a tan can cause unwanted seam lines and an uneven color application. The best way to avoid this is by wearing clothes like loose pajamas that are free and breathable.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are the clothes you should not wear to bed after spray tanning.

  • Skinny Jeans
  • Tight clothes
  • Tight shorts
  • Tight strips
  • Leggings
  • Stockings
  • Avoid wearing any kind of jeans trousers, or jackets.


Spray tans are a great way to get a natural-looking tan without the damaging effects of UV rays. If you follow the steps in this article, then your spray tan will look even and flawless. Be sure to wait 8 hours after getting a spray tan before laying down or going to bed so that you don’t end up with unsightly seam lines on your skin. Also, remember not to wear tight clothes when your spray tan is still fresh because this can cause uneven color and tan patches.