the best organic pre tan body scrub

Exfoliation is one of the keys to achieving the perfect tan. But with so many to choose from, one of the common spray tanning struggles is to know what is the best organic exfoliator to use before a spray tan.

The best organic pre tan body exfoliator

The coffee scrub is the trendy scrub right now. But did you know that coffee is not spherical.  It’s rough edged and doesn’t dissolve.  So when you scrub your skin with it you are tearing your skin cells with the rough edges of the coffee.

To prevent tearing your skin cells to shreds you need a scrub that is spherical and dissolves. This is the most gentle but effective to slough away all those dead skin cells without damaging your skin.

The sugar scrub is one of the best. Sugar is spherical and dissolves.  It’s organic, natural, free from preservatives, additives, fillers and mixed with olive oil you have the base for the best organic pre tan exfoliator.

Why exfoliate?

Exfoliation is one of the most important first steps when it comes to preparing your skin for a spray tan. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin it can leave skin dull looking, dry and rough.  Dry and rough patches of skin attract and hold more colour which will result in blotchy patches of tanning solution on your elbows, knees, heels, fingers and any other dry, rough areas.

Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells leaving your skin with a smooth surface ensuring your spray tan will be even, streak free and definitely not patchy or flaky.

4 ingredients to the perfect scrub

I love this scrub because its gentle, soothing and hydrating.  Can be used on your face as well as your whole body.    Is anti-bacterial and full of minerals that are nutritive to the skin and when mixed with olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil or rosehip breathes new life into tired skin.

raw brown sugar

sea salt

epsom salts

olive oil

Place one tablespoon of each into a bowl and mix together.  If too dry add more oil


Benefits of raw brown sugar

  • Raw brown sugar is the softest sugar. It won’t tear your skin cells and it dissolves.


Benefits of sea salt

  • Sea Salt contain high levels of natural minerals magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, sodium and bromide which are all nourishing elements to our skin. Is also gentle, yet raw enough to get the job done and not tear you skin cells either.  Scubbing with salt helps remove bacteria from the skin and unclog pores.  Salt has antiseptic qualities and when applied to the skin may help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation along with any itching and pain associated with bacterial related skin disease.


Benefits of epsom salts

  • Epsom Salts contain magnesium which naturally exfoliates and softens skin. It also reduces inflammation and draws out impurities according to the Epsom Salt Council.


Benefits of olive oil

  • Olive Oil is anti-bacterial and won’t clog your pores.  It contains a substance called oleocanthal, which has anti-inflammatory agents, meaning olive oil is like a natural Ibuprofen. Loaded with all the good fatty acids and antioxidants olive oil is incredibly hydrating to our skin and helps with anti-ageing, osteoporosis and skin damage.   It’s also been proven that olive oil adds a protective coating on the skin, both through consumption and application.

How to apply

  1. The day before your tan hop into the shower
  2. Exfoliate one limb at a time.  I use one tablespoon of the scrub for each limb
  3. Rinse under the warm shower water
  4. Be careful not to slip due to the olive oil
  5. Rinse off excess oil with your favourite shower gel.  If you don’t have a favourite I love Vani-T’s Body Shampoo.  100% organic, hydrating, smells heavenly and available at Salon – $20.
  6. The day of your tan no need to exfoliate you are ready to go!


If you are a first timer to tanning or you haven’t exfoliated in a while do the above twice ie. for the 2 days leading up to the day of your tanning appointment.