With warmer weather well on its way and excitement building for the Christmas party season, it’s the perfect time to talk tanning.  Just this week, we caught up with Katie, owner and the expert behind the spray bottle at Celebrating Tans Gold Coast, for a Q&A session to learn more all about spray tanning.

How long have you been doing tanning?             

I’ve owned Celebrity Tans tanning salon for over a year now and previously I was tanning in Sydney. I needed to find something I loved that I could still do from home while raising my boys.

What do enjoy most about what you do?           

I absolutely love meeting new people and making them feel good about themselves. This year we launched a “beautiful women unite” movement, aimed at raising body confidence in all women.

Who’s getting tans these days?

Absolutely everyone! Tans are not just for special events – they are a way of life!

How often can you/should you tan?      

I have girls come in weekly for tans, but just ensure you are removing all your old tan first.

What’s the best timing for getting a tan when it’s for a specific event?  

Tans take at least 24 hours to fully develop, so if you plan your tan at least 24 hours prior to your event, your colour will be spot on. Your tan should last 7-10 days if you look after it well.

Top tips for preparing for a tan?              

Prepping for a tan is easy.  Ensure you exfoliate/shave/wax at least 24 hours prior to your new tan to ensure your old dead skin cells have been removed and you have the optimum skin conditions for your flawless tan. We also stock a new product to the tanning market – “Tan Away” – Australia’s first tan removal bath bomb.  They smell AMAZING!

Tanning colour advice? 

Our tans are generally 2 hour tans, meaning they have been formulated for a 2 hour processing time.  If tans are left on longer, that’s when the over-processing “orange” look can come into play. I like to custom mix my tans for each client, ensuring a gorgeous, natural tan.

Post-tan care advice?    

To keep your tan fresh and not looking like tiger loaf, make sure you religiously moisturise morning and night.  Be sure to hydrate on the inside too – drink enough water!

Your availability?            

I have a home-based salon, so given enough notice I can work around you. I’m open early mornings through to late nights – just ask!

How to book?   We have an easy online booking system (link in my Instagram bio @celebritytans) which will let you book your desired date and time. I will then confirm this with you and send you a reminder the day before.

Advice to anyone feeling nervous/self-conscious?          

Don’t be! I ensure everyone who steps into my salon is comfortable! This is part of the reason I launched “beautiful women unite”.  We are all absolutely beautiful, no matter our shape, size, lines and rolls – no more apologies for our amazing bodies!

Contact Katie to make your spray tan booking here.


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