3-Step Perfect Tanning Guide

In order to prolong the life of your Star Luxury Tan, there are a few steps that we would advise you to take before and after tan application.

Welcome to our 3-Step Perfect Tanning Guide... 


Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!

Did we mention exfoliating? Exfoliating your skin properly is one of the most important steps you should take prior to applying your tanning mousse or spray.

Unlike snakes, who shed their skin as one full piece, we shed our skin as individual cells and this causes an uneven skin surface. By using a good quality exfoliation product, e.g. Star Luxury Skin Cleansing Mousse you will be able to remove all the dead skin cells that would otherwise become loose and fall off over the coming days.

These cells falling off prematurely, due to lack of exfoliation, will cause lighter areas to develop on the surface of the skin as the (now-tanned) dead skin cells fall off.  The better the skin exfoliation, the longer lasting and deeper into your skin epidermis our melanin-enhancing express formula will penetrate. 


Shave excess body hair and exfoliate your skin at least 4 hours before you are planning to apply your fresh tan as this will give your skin time to relax and your pores time to close, ready to have your fresh tan applied the following day.  If you must use a moisturiser, we would strongly advise against using those containing fruit oils or perfumes as some brands can act as a barrier against the tanning solution and affect the final result. 

Always remove deodorant residue before application as most brands will turn your tan green!

For those who suffer from skin irritations, rashes and sensitive or oily skin, we have the perfect solution for you. Those who have highly alkaline or, in very rare occasions, highly acidic skin will tend to suffer from sore, itchy and red skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.


Our pH Neutralising Preparation Spray simply neutralises the skin's pH levels, bringing your skin to a level where it can begin to heal itself.  Eliminating your dry skin areas will stop any uneven results, common to those with irritated skin.

Safe for children and pregnant ladies to use.

During the initial product testing, when used on it's own twice a day after showering, our pH Neutralising Preparation Spray was proven to help completely heal and eliminate severe psoriasis and eczema. Our test subjects have now stopped using steroid creams and other prescribed emollients in favour of our pH Neutralising Preparation Spray.



Star Luxury Tanning products have no harsh chemical dyes added. The shades have been specifically developed to suit the user's skin tone and natural pigmentation, guaranteeing the most natural results possible, unlike other brands where the surface of your skin is thickly coated with a dye-filled liquid that usually leaves you looking more tango-ed than tanned.  Even for the palest or darkest of skin tones, we have the perfect solution for you.


Available to purchase online as a home-use Luxury Tanning Mousse or applied as a professional spray-tan using our Luxury Tanning Solution, available in any Star-Certified Salon.

Apply our home-use Luxury Tanning Mousse using a good quality tanning mitt or the Luxury Salon Solution can be applied by a Qualified & Certified Star Tanning Technician. One thick coat of mousse or salon solution is enough to give you a perfect, natural, long-lasting colour.  There is no need for "double coating" and doing so will only overload the skin with excess product. This causes an unnatural looking result that will only last a few days before beginning to wear of unevenly, rather than lasting the full 7-9 days that we expect when the products are applied as we have advised.

"The Science Bit"

Your skin can naturally absorb 13.8% of DHA. This is the ingredient that helps to give your skin colour.  Anything more than 13.8% will not be absorbed and will simply rub off the skin, usually unevenly, causing patchiness. Most tanning solution strengths are false DHA strengths as the DHA has been weakened down.  Star Luxury Tanning products contain Organic DHA, derived from organic plant extracts.  We have replaced the percentage labels in favour of unique shade names instead; Shimmering Star for Fair-Light Skin-tones, Shining Star for Light-Medium Skin-tones, Shooting Star for Olive-Dark Skin-tones and Shadow Star, our Ultra Dark shade, designed to help even out pigmentation flaws and Vitiligo, even in the darkest of skin tones.



We advise to use our unique Colour Lock Moisturising Spray after your tanning application is dry to the touch. This will lock the product into the skin to prevent excessive staining on clothing and bedding. The Colour Lock Moisturising Spray has proven popular with Bridal Parties, Prom Girls and Pageant Queens as they can now apply their tan without having to worry about their expensive gowns being damaged.

Your finished result will be ready after 8 hours of development.  To remove the product residue, have a shower and wash yourself with your hands, using a natural soap or shower gel. Do not use anything abrasive ie facecloth, sponge, body scrub etc as this could exfoliate the skin further and lift the top layer of product from your skin. 

Pat yourself dry with a towel rather than rubbing your skin to avoid further exfoliation and apply moisturiser on a daily basis to ensure the results last for as long as possible. We estimate the results to last 7-9 days when you maintain your skin properly.

When your tan is due to be freshly re-applied, a hot bath or shower and an application of our Skin Cleansing Mousse will easily remove any remaining or stubborn product, taking you back to Step 1 above.

Robyn Ferguson - Miss Intercontinental Scotland and Shannon McCluskey wear our Shooting Star shade of Professional Spray Tanning Solution - photo taken straight from the tanning tent!