How To Prepare for a Tanning Session

So you want to try tanning for the first time, but how do you prepare?

In this post we’ll cover the ways you need to prepare for a great tanning experience at Westside Tan.

Shower, Shave, Exfoliate

You’ll want to be as clean as possible for your tanning session so that your skin can get the most even tan.

To prepare, this includes showering, shaving, and exfoliating. You don’t have to shave your entire body, but if you normally shave certain parts of your body, you should be clean-shaven in those areas before the tan.

Exfoliating or scrubbing is also helpful. This will remove dead skin cells and allow you to tan on the freshest skin possible.

Don’t Wear Makeup, Perfume, or Jewelry

This might seem obvious, but a lot of first-time tanning clients often forget to remove their makeup before coming to the salon.

To get that prefectly even tan on your face, your skin needs to be clear and fresh. Any makeup or foundation will block some light and may result in an uneven tan.

You’ll definitely want to remove any jewelry before entering the tanning bed so that you don’t burn yourself if the metal heats on your skin. It will also prevent you from ruining your jewelry, so just leave the rings, necklaces, and bracelets at home.

Wear Loose, Dark Clothing

When you’re ready for your session, you can decide how much skin you want to tan. With this in mind, we recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing that you can easily take on and put back on when you’re done.

We also recommend wearing dark clothing especially if you decide to use tanning lotion during your session. This will help avoid staining any clothes with leftover lotion after the appointment.

Ask Us About Tanning Lotion

Tanning lotion is a critical element to the sunless UV tanning bed process. Ask any of our salon staff for help choosing the right tanning lotion for you.

Picking the right lotion can help you get the even, rich tan you desire.


There is a lot to know when preparing for your tanning appointment. Luckily most of it is common sense. Just follow our tips for preparation and you should have a great time at Westside Tan.

You can see our locations on our website or search for tanning salons near me when you’re ready to schedule an appointment!