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-Katie Nelson-

Professional Spray Tan Artist

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I am Katie Nelson, Professional Spray Tan Artist, specializing in flawless custom spray tans. I only use the highest quality FDA-approved DHA-based sunless tanning solution to assure you receive the safest all-natural healthy glow possible. No streaks. No orange. Natural-looking tans.


I want to provide a perfect tanning experience to my clients and help them feel and look beautiful with a healthier alternative to UV tanning. A spray tan can make you look healthier and leaner and disguise cellulite, blemishes, and other skin imperfections. Dermatologists recommend spray tanning because it is UV free and safer than tanning beds or laying out in the sun.


Looking and feeling fabulous is just a Spray Tan away! Spray tans are offered in the privacy of your home. Your healthy tan is waiting for you; book an appointment today!

Will I be orange?

No! Spray tanning has come so far in the last 10 years. It’s not really something to worry about, as long as you have an educated technician. I will make a custom blend solution, specific to your skin type, right there on the spot. 

How does this work?

I will come directly to your house, office, or desired space. All I need is room for my pop up tent and access to an outlet. Natural light is always loved and adored. I will be in and out in about 30 minutes. 

How long will my tan last?

You can expect your tan to last 7-10 days+. I always tell my clients, it’s 50% how I spray and 50% how you prep and care for your tan. When you book your tan you will receive detailed prep and care instructions. Things like exfoliating before your tan and moisturizing after will help extend the life of your tan. 

Can I shave my legs with a spray tan?

Yes, however, it’s important to use a razor that lacks a moisture strip and avoid shaving cream. Instead opt for sulfate free conditioner. 

Can I swim with a spray tan?

You can! Although to avoid premature fading I would avoid long periods of time in the water. This includes: long showers, hot tubs, and extended time in the pool. 

What body wash, lotion and sunscreen should I use?

It’s important to avoid products with sulfates and parabens. Some brands I would recommend are Native, CeraVe, and Cetaphil. As for sunscreens, ditch the aerosols. These contain alcohol and will dry you out way faster than a cream. I love and recommend Sunbum. 

What do I wear during my spray tan?

You can dress to your comfort level. Some people will wear swimsuits, some will go nude. Anything in between there is acceptable. I do offer disposable thongs as an option, too. Whatever you choose is fine by me, just make sure you are ok with the tan line they will leave. 

What is the difference between classic and rapid rinse?

The only difference in these two solutions is your rinse time. Classic has a rinse time of 8-12 hours and rapid rinse allows you to rinse in 2-5 hours depending on level of darkness you are wanting. Both solutions will take 24 hours for your tan to fully develop. 

· Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Using an exfoliating glove or mitt (not a scrub product), exfoliate your entire body from head to toe. Pay special attention to dry areas like feet, knees, elbows, neck, underarms, and back of arms.

· If you are sunburnt or have been sunburnt or in a tanning bed in the last 4-6 weeks, consider canceling or rescheduling your spray tan.

· Shave at least 8 hours before the appointment.

· Discontinue the use of any retinol or retinoids.

· Discontinue the use of any washes with sulfates.

· Keep your skin hydrated. Drink lots of water! Avoid lotions with mineral oil or petroleum.

· Discontinue using any bar soap, Dove, or Dial products. These will disrupt the pH balance of your skin and result in an uneven tan, patchiness, and sometimes orange results.

· Ensure all manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, and massages are done at least the day before your appointment. The oils used during these services will create a barrier between your skin and the spray tan application, resulting in an uneven glow.

· Pregnant? Congrats! We spray all pregnant women after the first trimester is complete.

Processing time is 8-12 hours, meaning you will rinse 8-12 hours after your spray. Your tan will be fully developed 24 hours after your spray.

Processing time of 1-5 hours depending on how dark you want your tan to be. During your consultation we will discuss your desired color and set a rinse time. It’s very important that you rinse at that time, or your tan will continue to develop, resulting in a darker color. Your tan will be fully developed 24 hours after your spray.

Seals in your tan with an extra boost of hydration!

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Katie is awesome. I have gotten tans from her a couple of times and each time she has been professional, knowledgeable, and kind. She has a great work flow and is easy to be comfortable around. Having her come to my friends and I was convenient and fun! I have and will continue to recommend 218 Tan!
Amy - Esko, MN
The experience with Katie was completely different and SO much better! She took the time to inform me of what I needed to do prior to my spray tan for the best results. She answered my questions, and I could wear a black swimsuit. The spray went on easily, and there was minimal dry time because she used a setting powder. I left there and followed the instructions provided by her and had a great tan for the party I was attending. I highly recommend 218 Tan. Katie is so great, and the tan looked so natural like I had gone away for the weekend to the beach. Five stars.
Cheryl - Esko, MN
Knowledgeable and professional. My daughter and I both got sprayed and were able to choose between a classic spray or the rapid. We both went with classic based on the day's schedule but our tans turned out natural, even and fairly dark. No orange! looked great!
Emalee- Cloquet, MN

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