• Before the tanning session, make sure you shower and exfoliate. Do not use oil-based exfoliates. These types of exfoliates leave a residue that blocks the tanning process. Our Chocolate Sun organic sugar scrub is recommended for use with a washcloth or gloves. Make sure your body is free of make-up, moisturizer, and perfume.

  • For best results, schedule waxing appointments at least a day before your tan. If you are unable to shower or properly exfoliate prior to your session, let your technician know and she will give you the “On the spot chocolate sun skin prep” before your tan.

  • Wear dark, loose fitting clothing if possible. If you wear light clothes you may experience “rub off” on the inside of your clothes. This is caused by the bronzer, which serves as a guide for the technician as she is applying the tan. The “rub off” will wash out of most materials. Wear a regular tanning outfit.

  • Wear flip-flops or loose sandals. No socks or boots right after tanning.

  • Bring lingerie, underclothes, or a bathing suit for your tanning session.


  • The technician will give a consultation on your on ideal results and you will choose the appropriate solution for your skin type.

  • Please inform your technician of any skin issues or trouble spots you may have had with other sunless tanning products.

  • At client’s request, the technician will apply a protective moisturizer for manicures, pedicures, and dry skin areas.

  • The tanning session takes 10 minutes and the solution dries as it is being applied.

  • A technician will apply your tan using Chocolate Sun’s sunless tanning system by hand. The application is flawless. No messy hands and feet, no streaking, and no clean up.

  • Do not worry if your hands and feet appear lighter than the rest of your body. These areas are purposely sprayed lightly because they develop more than other areas of the body. If too much solution is applied to these areas, (which tend to have dryer, callused skin), they will look unnaturally tanned and may even appear


  • After your tan, wait 8-12 hours before you shower.

  • If you notice any flaws on your skin prior to your first shower, they are likely rubs from clothing. Remember to wash only the palms of your hands until after your first post-tan shower. Do not attempt to blend flaws or fix spots that may occur from water splashes from hand washing. These flaws usually only affect the bronzer and your tan will almost always be even after your first shower. During your first shower, the color run off is also just the bronzer used as a color guide so that the technician can see that she is applying your tan evenly. This color is not your tan.

  • Wait until after your first post-tan shower to exercise. Your new tan needs to fully develop before excessive sweating.

  • Use soap only where necessary. Scrubbing, exfoliating, shaving, and waxing will cause the tan to fade more quickly.

    Swimming and soaking in pools, hot tubs, and saltwater dry out your skin and shorten the life of your tan.

  • The more you moisturize the longer your tan will last. Try Chocolate Sun Moisturizer or Tan Enhancer, which contain our sunless solution. This moisturizing enhancer prolongs the life of your tan by gradually depositing our solution into your skin. The enhancer also helps the tan breakdown more evenly.

  • During the week after your tanning session, try to avoid using exfoliating products. These products shorten the life of your tan. Only use them before a tanning session or to help remove the remnants of an old tan.

  • Like any beauty routine, proper preparation, skin care, and upkeep are required to make the most of your Chocolate Sun Tan.