A large number of my clients are mums. As a mum myself, I understand how your body changes after giving birth and how difficult it can be to get your pre-bub body back, if at all. When you’re taking care of children, especially young children, your time is precious. I have some tips for mums who love to tan!

Here are my top tips for tanning as an active mum:

  1. Book a spray tan. Ditch the tan in a tube! By far, the quickest, easiest way to tan is to get a spray tan. With an experienced spray tan technician, you can have a full body tan and be dry enough to put clothes on in less than 15 minutes.
  2. Organise a mobile tanner to come to you. Why go out, look for a car parking space and drag your kids into a salon when you can have a professional spray tan technician come to your door? A mobile spray tan can be done in the privacy of your own home when kids are taking their nap or they’re at school. A mobile tanner comes equipped with a tan tent and everything you need for a sunless, natural tan. Most mobile tan technicians work after hours also, so you can tan once the kids have gone to bed.
  3. Ask for an express tan. If you’re breastfeeding or don’t have time to leave an 8 hour tan on, you can request an express/rapid tan. Express tans can be washed off in as little as 1 hour, or up to 4 hours if you want a darker tan. They still take up to 8 hours to fully develop, but you can wash them off and get on with your day or feed your baby without having tanned breasts (I’m sure you’ve all seen the “Don’t mix breastfeeding and spray tans meme!).
  4. Find a technician who is also a mum. As a mum, I don’t have the perfect body – far from it in fact! Six years after giving birth to my daughter I’m still struggling to lose my baby weight, but c’est la vie! Finding a tan technician who is also a mum can take away the awkwardness of being naked in front of a younger technician who may not have the patience for having kids around or understand the changes in your body.
  5. Preparing for a tan with kids. Preparing your skin for a spray tan can be somewhat time consuming, but it need not be. Shaving and waxing needs to be done 24 hours prior to your spray. On the day of your tan, your skin then needs to be fully exfoliated – this can be done in the shower or in a bath with the kids if time is tight. Older kids can even help scrub your back with an exfoliating mitt. No moisturiser or deodorant can be applied until after your tan.

Do you love to tan? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • i tan easily so i try to avoid it lol. i hadn’t heard of the mobile tanners before


  • I had never heard of a mobile tanner until now.


  • Sorry – this doesn’t appeal to me. I actually seem to tan under a fluoro light, so half an hour out in the sun to get my vitamin D early in the morning and halfway through spring, I am a tanned person. If I go north, my husband says I can pass for a native.


  • Im someone who doesnt need a tan. Im happy to be pale.


  • No I don’t do tanning, I’m ok with my pale skin and like a little sun on my skin in the summer :)


  • Thanks for the tanning tips- helpful for events.

    • The speed of a spray tan is more appealing than slow home application.


  • A spray tan looks nice on others, but it’s not something I worry about.


  • Tanning has never appealed to me, sorry.


  • I love a tan and some great tips when l do get one! Thanks.


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