Our guide for delivering the best possible spray tan for the day of your competition includes the need for you to follow a few simple guidelines.

Waxing & Shaving Male Contestant

Waxing – 72 hours prior to your tan
Shaving: – 48 hours prior to your tan

Waxing & Shaving Female Contestants

Waxing -24 – 48 hours prior to your tan
Shaving: – 12- 24 hours prior to your tan

Exfoliation of Skin

Exfoliating is an important step in the preparation process. It is recommended you get into the practice of exfoliating your skin a few weeks prior to the competition.

Moisturising Your Skin

Leading up to the competition use a body moisturiser daily to protect your skin and remember to check your pH levels and work towards a reading of 5-6 for optimum results.
The above procedures will have your skin looking its best on the day and provide optimum conditions for your tan.

How to Exfoliate

Tools: Black Magic Tan Xfoliating Gel & Mitt, long handled Loofah and pumice stone if required.

Step 1. Prior to your shower place apply Black Magic Exfoliating Gel directly onto dry skin. Starting at the feet massage into your skin in a circular motion. You will begin to see and feel the dead skin cells falling away. Don’t forget, hands, chest and face.

Step 2. Next, into the shower and thoroughly remove any traces of exfoliating gel and dead skin cells. Then using your exfoliating mitt work your way up the body in a circular motion to remaining dead skin cells, improve circulation and rejuvenate the skin. Use a body brush to exfoliate your back and other hard-to-reach places.

Step 3. Use a pumice stone on your feet to eliminate rough spots and calluses. If your feet are extremely rough, soak them in a basin of warm water mixed with a cup of milk for 30 minutes before getting into the shower.

Step 4. Rinse your body with lukewarm water. Pat skin dry.


Muscle Tans innovative formula means you do not have to endure heavy layering of DHA to obtain the perfect competition colour.

Day 1

Shower, exfoliate and pat skin dry ensuring you have NO product on your skin. It is also recommended that you shampoo and condition your hair at this time.
Upon arrival at your tanning technician barrier cream is placed on any extra dry areas such as heels, feet, knees, elbows to ensure the tan does not ‘grab’ (If you have been exfoliating well beforehand this may not be necessary)

Base Tan

The technician will now apply two even coats of Muscle Tan or alternatively, Midnight Magic or Vibe Evolution from the Black Magic range to give you excellent depth of colour, drying well between coats

What to Wear

Once your tan is dry, choose to wear very loose, dark clothing, to avoid rubbing off of the tan during development time.

How Long to Leave Your Tan

Please ensure you follow your tanning technicians’ recommendation for development times to ensure you achieve the best result possible.

During Your Tans Development Time

• Avoid water, exercise and any tasks that may cause you to perspire. Also try to avoid exposing yourself to varying temperatures as this too will cause you to perspire particularly on very hot days.
• If you need to wash your hands try to use a sanitising hand wash versus water.

Development Time Is Up

Once your development time has expired rinse off the bronzer under a lukewarm shower for 30 seconds. Do not use soap or other cleansers on your skin. Pat dry.
NB: Your base tan will continue to develop for up to 12 hours.

Day Two

Muscle Tan can now be applied to achieve desired depth of colour. Simply ensure you dry well between coats. The number of coats is dependent on how dark you need to go for each category.

Finishing Coat

After your tan has been completed and is touch dry stand back and lightly spritz Black Magic Tan Lock and dry well. Tan Lock will lock in the colour, minimise or eradicate smudging that may occur overnight and repel moisture. Tan Lock also leaves a slight sheen on the body.
Muscle Tan is now left on until the competition is over.

On the Day of Your Competition

Touch Ups

Using the Black Magic Tan Lock has hopefully eliminated the need for any touch-up of your tan,
If your tan does require repair, pump a small amount of Black Magic Muscle Tan Mousse and gently dab onto the affected area using a small makeup sponge or brush, gently flatten and dry well. Repeat if necessary to achieve desired colour.

Glaze – Body Shine

The Muscle Tan Glaze is available as either an aerosol or pump action.

Pump Action: Thirty minutes before your stage presentation pump onto hands and apply all over the body to achieve desired result.

Aerosol Action: Thirty minutes before your stage presentation stand back and lightly spritz all over the body to achieve desired result.

Post Competition

To have your skin tone back to normal simply use the following steps.

Removing Your Tan

1. Apply Black Magic Tan Remover on the skin and let dry for 10 minutes.
2. Shower and watch as the tan melts away.
3. Exfoliate well as stated previously.
4. Dry skin well
5. Using a body lotion moisturise all over the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is Muscle Tan applied?
A: Muscle Tan is a professional product that’s applied using a HVLP tanning machine.

Q: Can my tan be done the night before my competition?
A: Your tan can be done the day before your competition, but the best depth is achieved over 2 or 3 days depending on your schedule

Q: How dark can I go?
A: Muscle Tan is an innovative product created especially for bodybuilding. You can go as dark as you need to be regardless of skin type.

Q: Do I need any other tanning products?
A: No, Muscle Tan is a complete competition tanning product.

Q: Will I Go Orange?
A: Muscle Tans formulation has a low percentage of DHA it’s our special bronzer that allows you to go as dark as you need unlike competitor products which layer DHA leading to over development.

Amazing Colour that’s Gentle on the Skin

Aloe Vera Leaf Juice

Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, or Aloe Vera as it is more commonly known, is extracted from the leaves of the Aloe plant. Aloe Vera has been used medicinally by many cultures for thousands of years.

Skin Care Benefits

Scientists have discovered over 200 nutritional substances in Aloe Barbadensis leafs, including 20 minerals, 20 amino acids, 12 vitamins, and active enzymes.

• It can be efficiently used topically, because of its burn healing effects, scar reducing and wounds healing properties.
• Aloe protects the skin from UV damage. The herb contains aloin which can block up to 30 percent of the ultraviolet rays when applied to the skin’s surface.
• Aloe also, contains an impressive number of vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, Choline and Folic Acid. These vitamins are great for protecting the skin from free radicals.

Sunflower Seed OIl

Sunflower Oil retains moisture, and in preventing the skin from drying out it helps to keep wrinkles at bay and the skin looking youthful and vibrantly healthy.
It is extremely powerful at keeping away bacteria and maintaining youthful skin. Sunflower seed oil contains a rich mixture of vitamins and other natural substances that have a healthy effect on your skin and its pores.
It is very good for acne sufferers, especially if the traditional acne remedies have failed. It is very high in antioxidants, particularly the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, which prevent free radicals from damaging your skin and creating wrinkles and the appearance of premature aging.