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Can I Spray Tan With Tattoos?

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Do you have tattoos and want to schedule a spray tan?

Most spray tan solutions contain an ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone, (DHA) that interacts with the proteins in your skin and the oxygen in the air to create a beautiful dark result.

Spray tan solutions are applied to the uppermost layers of your skin, called the Epidermis. Tattoo ink is set deeper in the skin, in the Dermis layer. Because of this, the sunless spray solution won’t penetrate the tattoo, so it won’t alter your tattoo’s ink.

Your tattoo will be visible through the sunless spray tan. Dark, tattooed areas will not change appearance. If you have a lighter-colored tattoo, you may experience a temporary color change until the tan has exfoliated away. At that time, the tattoo will return to the color it was before your spray tan was applied.

It is important that your tattoo has fully healed before spray tanning, with no scabs, openings, or peeling. It should have an even, smooth surface. Spraying a tattoo that hasn’t healed can permanently damage the tattoo, and cause inflammation or infection. It’s recommended to wait at least six weeks, after tattoos is fully healed, before scheduling a spray tan.

Are you searching for the perfect spray tan?

Visit us at Island Globe Tan today and let us help you pick out the perfect tanning lotion!

We have low intensity tanning beds, medium intensity beds, and high intensity tanning beds to choose from as well as 3 sunless spray options!

Ask us about our Mystic spray tan booth, our VersaSpa spray booth, or our Norvell Custom Airbrush!

We guarantee top quality indoor tanning sessions, premium skincare products, and well-educated tanning consultants.

Come see us today for the best tanning experience in Spokane, WA!


woman with tattoos after spray tanning


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