Donatella's Tanning Commandments

Tanning Guide

If you want the best tan in the freakin' industry, you gotta go with At The Beach. All of our locations have the latest in sunbed and sunless tanning equipment, featuring Ergoline sunbeds and VersaSpa sunless tanning. We also stock a lot of freakin' tanning products and after-tan producs to help you keep your skin hydrated and maintain a sexy bronze tan. All of At The Beach's tanning consultants receive extensive training so they can properly guide you through the tanning process and get you the best results.

Sunless Tanning Tips

Getting the sexiest results every time is easy with At The Beach’s VersaSpa and VersaPro sunless systems. At The Beach is the expert in sunless tanning, and with these easy-to- follow tips, you will have a sexy bronze glow every time you spray. With VersaSpa and VersaPro, you will be bronzed and hydrated while smoothing out fine lines and imperfections every time you spray.

Before you get your spray on:

  • Do not shave 24 hours prior to visit.

  • Shower and exfoliate. Use a body scrub like Cal Tan’s Body Buffer Exfoliator, not a bar soap. You want to remove excess skin cells so the product adheres evenly and you have a fresh canvas for your spray.

  • Spend a little extra time exfoliating areas with thick skin, such as knees, elbows and ankles. This will help you from developing bronzer build up in these areas and keep your color even.

  • If skin is dry, use light lotion at least 2 hours prior. Lotion used right before the session will prevent the spray from penetrating and will decrease the effectiveness of your spray.

  • Apply barrier cream to your cuticles and nail beds to ward off excess color buildup in those areas. Apply barrier cream to the palms of your hands so you get a natural-looking tan. Just be sure to blend the edges well for a natural fade line.

  • Remove any makeup.

  • Avoid wearing perfume or deodorant, as these can lead to blotching and flaking.

During your spray session:

  • The VersaSpa and VersaPro systems will guide you through the spray process. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your tanning consultant.

  • Wear undergarments to protect sensitive areas.

  • Use protective eyewear.

  • Keep your mouth closed and use lip balm to protect your lips.

  • Avoid inhaling the product through your nose, and use plugs to keep your nose closed.

After your spray session:

  • With VersaSpa and VersaPro, there is no need to towel down after your session. The unit will blow-dry you off. Simply step out and dress. You are ready to go about your freakin’ day.

  • Wear dark, loose clothing and avoid underwire bras.

  • If possible, wear open shoes, like flip-flops.

  • Avoid perspiration, as this can cause your color to streak.

  • Avoid getting your skin wet – period!

  • Wait 4-6 hours before you shower, and then apply shower gel only with your hands, not a loofah, towel or sponge. For best results, use our sunless shower gel from Designer Skin.

  • After your shower, moisturize, moisturize and moisturize some more! We recommend two to three times a day. Hydrated skin will maintain a glowing tan longer.

Sunbed Tanning Tips

Listen, freaks! First off, it’s important to know how your skin tans, right? Tanning is your body’s natural defense against burning. When your skin is exposed to UV light, the production of melanin in your freakin’ skin is increased. The sun creates two types of UV light: UVA and UVB. UVA oxidizes the existing melanin, the browning pigment that tans the skin. UVB triggers the production of additional melanin in the skin. Both UVA and UVB are needed for a freakin’ balanced tan. At The Beach’s state-of-the-art tanning equipment is designed to replicate the UVA and UVB produced by the sun, while allowing you to control your exposure. So if you’re a pale freak, always start slow with your tanning regimen to avoid burning. By slowly increasing your exposure, you will minimize the risk of burning and develop a beautiful natural tan. Also, only tan once in a 24-hour period to avoid overexposure.

Before you get your tan on:

  • Shower and exfoliate.

  • Moisturize regularly, as hydrated skin will hold a better tan.

  • Remove makeup.

  • Avoid wearing deodorant or perfume.

  • Remove watches and jewelry to avoid unsightly tan lines!

  • If you take medications, talk to your doctor to be sure your medication isn’t photosensitive (meaning it can be weakened or otherwise affected by UV exposure).

During your sunbed session:

  • Use lip balm – lips can burn easily!

  • Apply tanning lotion immediately before your session. Never use outdoor tanning lotion or oils in the beds, as they are not designed for indoor tanning and will harm the acrylic.

  • Apply SPF to tattoos to avoid fading.

  • Federal and state laws require you to use protective eyewear. Remember to bring a pair every time you come to tan. If you forget, you will be required to purchase new eyewear before we can allow you to tan.

  • If you choose to tan in the buff, be careful about areas not accustomed to sunlight. Cover sensitive areas with a towel or clothing for the first session and build up tolerance for your next visit.

  • Stop tanning if your skin starts to sting or tingle, which can indicate overexposure to UV rays.

After your sunbed session:

  • Apply a tan extender like Expose as soon as your session ends. Tan extenders are the best product to keep your tan looking rich and golden longer and will nourish

  • If you feel as though you have overexposed, use an aloe-based relief lotion or gel as soon as possible.

  • If you are establishing your base tan, you will want to come in about seven times in 10 days to achieve the best color.

  • If you are maintaining your current color, you will want to come in anywhere from 1 to four times a week, depending on the equipment you are using.

Skin Care Tips

Following a good daily skin care regimen can extend the life of your tan and keep your skin healthy and glowing in just three easy steps.


  • Try to exfoliate weekly. Exfoliating too much can scrub away layers of your tan and shorten its lifespan.

  • If skin around your elbows, knees and heels is still rough, exfoliate only these areas more often.


  • Tanning can dry your skin, and color absorbs and develops better in hydrated skin.

  • It’s extremely important to moisturize regularly, and replenish moisture particularly before and after sessions.

Pay Special Attention To Your Face

  • Washing your face daily – morning and night.

  • Being sure to wash off makeup before each tanning visit.

  • Use a special formulated facial tanning lotion during your sunbed session for the best results.

  • Use a facial lotion with SPF every day.


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