Sunless Tanning FAQs

Application Tips

What’s the best way to prep my skin?

It’s best to shower, shave, and exfoliate (taking care to remove any dry or rough skin) before your first tanning session. Million Dollar Tan’s Body Buffer exfoliating scrub is the perfect pre-tan prep product for enviously smooth skin and a more radiant glow!

How can I get a natural-looking finish on my hands, feet and other dry areas?

Use a barrier product like Blend Friend Barrier Cream: a pre-tan essential that limits the absorption of sunless tanner in places where your skin is driest — hands, feet, elbows, knees and ankles. A barrier cream will prevent unnatural dark spots and streaks in those dry areas.

What is the easiest way to apply Million Dollar Tan sunless tanner?

Our sunless tanner can be easily applied with your hands, but we recommend you try out our Blend Friend Body Mitt. It is made with a one-of a-kind, ultra soft sponge material, making it easy to apply any sunless tanner (even in difficult or hard to reach areas!).

How can I help my tan last longer?

Typically a Million Dollar Tan will last between 7-10 days, depending on how well you've prepped your skin before tanning, and how you take care of it post-tan.

The key to a long-lasting sunless tan is to keep the tanned skin hydrated. Apply lotion daily (or even twice a day if you have dry skin), and avoid very hot showers or harsh cleansers which really dry you out. Also avoid intense scrubbing or exfoliating, as it will remove the outer layer of skin and make your tan fade more quickly.

What are some common mistakes when applying tanning products at home?

Try not to over-apply. The most common mistake is applying too much sunless tanner to areas of the skin like hands, elbows, knees, and feet. These dry areas soak up more tanner and become very dark. Use a barrier product like Blend Friend Barrier Cream: a lightweight, hydrating formula that limits the absorption of sunless tanner and creates the natural, flawless look of a real suntan.

Make sure you have the right tools to avoid streaking and uneven color application. Using our Blend Friend Mitt Set is one of the best ways to ensure a perfect, streak-free application. The mitt helps distribute the sunless tanner evenly across the skin’s surface, and gives you a superior level of control over where and how much tanner is applied. Applying a light layer of lotion on the body before tanning will also prevent streaks and dark spots.

Should I continue to tan even after the summer months are over?

If you live in a warm climate, a deep, rich color is often appropriate at any time of the year. For cooler climates, or for a more subtle look as the seasons change into fall, choose a lighter tanning formula and tan less frequently. This will give you a radiant glow and a touch of color without being too overwhelming. Million Dollar Tan products come in different strengths and build color gradually, so it’s easy to customize the intensity of your tan to your liking.

How do I make sure that my tan isn’t too dark in the fall and winter?

The best way to keep your color consistent — but not too dark — is to avoid over-application. Start with a light layer of tanner, then after the tan develops, apply an additional layer if you want a deeper color. It’s best to apply several light layers than to apply a thick layer all at once, or your tan may end up darker than anticipated.

Another great way to avoid getting too dark during the colder months is to use one of our lightest formulations, Sheer Tan Glam, which has only a hint of sunless tanner. It can be used daily and will maintain a radiant, natural glow without getting too dark.

Product Questions

Should I use the regular or extreme?

All of our sunless tanners are available in regular (gradual) and dark (extreme) formulas! Our regular formula gives a light-to-medium color, and the extreme formula gives a deep medium-to-dark color. The resulting color greatly depends on your skin prep, skin tone, and number of applications. Whichever shade you choose, Million Dollar Tan will deliver a very natural, even tan that never looks orange!

What is the difference between Cabana Tan and Mermaid Mousse?

Cabana Tan & Cabana Tan Extreme are lotion products that appear white at first so you can see exactly where the product is going. Once the product has been blended into the skin, it will become clear. Cabana Tan is a little easier and faster to apply. Simply rub in like regular body lotion.

Mermaid Mousse & Mermaid Mousse Extreme are light and foamy mousses which also have hydrating effects. They apply with an instant bronzing color guide to help with application, giving an instant glow.

Can I shower or swim after applying Million Dollar Tan?

Our sunless tanning products take 6-8 hours to develop. Make sure you wait at least that long before showering, swimming, or working out!

How long will my tan last?

Typically a Million Dollar Tan will last between 7-10 days, depending on your skin type and how you care for your tan. Prepping the skin by showering, shaving and exfoliating before tanning are also essential for a longer-lasting tan. After the initial application, make sure to keep your skin hydrated - this is the best way to extend the length of your tan.

Can at-home tanning products provide the same tan quality as a salon spray tan?

Yes! Using Million Dollar Tan products at home offers the same flawless results as a professional spray tan in a salon. All of our products are formulated with the highest quality ingredients for a natural-looking, long-lasting tan.

If you keep in mind a few important tips from pre-tan prep to post-tan care, you will have an amazing, even tan that rivals any professional spray tan. Even our customers who enjoy getting a Million Dollar Tan professional spray tan in a salon still use our products regularly at home. Both methods produce great results!

Can I use the body tanner on my face as well?

Yes, you can! We love our face products because they are packed with all of the best anti-aging and hydrating ingredients. They do wonders for your skin and make for the absolute best sunless tan, but are not required to achieve a great sunless tan.

Are Million Dollar Tan products safe to use while pregnant?

Our products are safe to use during pregnancy, as they contain no harmful chemicals and are only used topically. With that said, we always recommend talking to your doctor first if you have any concerns.

Are your products vegan?

Yes! Our products are vegan, organic, and paraben-free. Our products are never tested on animals. We love our furry friends!

Where can I find Tan Icon tanning solution?

We offer our professional Tan Icon tanning solution, spray tanning equipment, and more over on our Million Dollar Tan Pro website.


What is your shipping policy?

All orders are shipped from Oceanside, California. Orders are shipped within 2 business days after they're received. Orders are shipped Monday through Friday except for National Holidays. Our standard shipping is 2 to 7 days. International delivery times vary by location, mail service, and customs. Typical international delivery time is 10-15 business days.

Express shipping methods such as USPS Priority & FedEx 2Day® must be placed before 12:00 pm PT in order to be shipped the same day. All other standard orders placed before 2:00 pm PT will be shipped the same business day. For more details, visit our Shipping Policy.

What is your return policy?

We have a 30-day return policy to ensure you are completely satisfied with your purchase.

To start a return, contact us by email with the order number and reason for return. You will be responsible for shipping the product back. The original shipping cost is non-refundable, and return labels will not be provided except in special circumstances.

Once the product is received at our office, and the criteria above have been met, we will issue the refund. For more information, visit our Return & Refund Policy.

What is your order cancelation policy?

Once your order is placed, it cannot be modified. If you would like to cancel your order, most orders can be canceled up to an hour after being placed. If order has already shipped, shipping cannot be refunded.

If you would like to cancel your subscription, you must cancel before the renewal date has passed. Once the subscription order has shipped, it can no longer be canceled and must be returned for a refund. Shipping charges are non-refundable.

My order is missing. What should I do?

If your order hasn't arrived within 7 days, reach out to our customer service team at or call us directly at (714) 642-9130.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that the shipping address is listed correctly on your order. Once the order has been shipped, we cannot modify or cancel the order.

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When you purchase a subscription to a product, you'll receive repeat deliveries. These are based on the subscription duration and frequency that you select. Your payment details will be stored securely and you'll be charged for each of these deliveries.

For more information, visit our Subscription Policy.