Although we cannot guarantee you won’t have an allergic reaction, there have been none documented within the spray tanning industry. We will be happy to do a test patch for you.
After your first shower, it is important to apply moisturizer frequently. This will delay the exfoliation of the skin cells that retain your tan. You can also purchase products that contain small amounts of DHA which will extend your tan a few days. We carry our own line of products at the studio which are available for purchase. Avoid the use of all bar soaps, and products that are mineral oil or petroleum based. These will fade your tan quickly.
For everyday tanning clients we recommend that you wait 6-10 hours before showering. Competition tanning clients should not shower until after the show, unless otherwise advised. Please be advised that when you shower for the first time, you will see brown residue washing off. Don’t panic! This is not your tan washing off, but the temporary bronzer or color guide as it is commonly called. This is in the solution so we can be sure we are applying your tan as even as possible. Your tan will have developed by this time. We do not recommend getting a spray tan the day of a special event. It is best to have it done a day or two before.
The solution will launder out of most fabrics, although we do not guarantee that. This is why we ask that you wear old clothing. Cotton is best.
LOOSE FITTING clothing. This is very important! You can choose to be sprayed in an old bathing suit or whatever is comfortable for you. Weather permitting, it is best to wear flip flops on your feet.
Competition tanning clients: please refer to the preparing for a spray tan appointment section for specific prep instructions for competitors. Everyday tanning clients: the night before or day of your appointment, shower and fully exfoliate using an oil free body scrub or shower gel . Concentrate on elbows, knees, heels, feet and hands. We recommend the use of nylon exfoliating gloves for the best results. Do not use bar soaps. Shower gels are best. Do not apply any body lotion, deodorant or make up, as these will act as a barrier and inhibit the development of your tan.
5 – 10 days, depending on the type of each individuals skin, and depending on how well post tan instructions are followed. Certain factors can affect the longevity of your tan. The use of hot tubs, swimming in pools or the ocean, and excessive sweating while wearing restrictive clothing will cause faster fading.
The depth of color will depend on the percentage of DHA used. This will be decided at the time of your appointment, after it is determined what skin type you have. Rest assured, you will be able to achieve a rich, natural bronze color.
The specially formulated products produce a very natural bronze color.
DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is a colorless natural chemical (it is derived from glycerin, a three carbon sugar) that interacts with the amino acids in the dead skin cells (Stratum Corneum Layer) to produce a brown color change. DHA is not absorbed into the body and it has no known toxicity. It was first discovered by the Germans in the late 1920’s when DHA spilled on the skin produced a brown color. DHA has been listed with the FDA since 1973, and has been used in cosmetic preparations for over 30 years.
Spray on tanning is a process of applying self tanning products. It will produce a more even natural looking tan without the danger of exposure to the sun or tanning beds. With the use of DHA based solutions, the color can be customized to ones skin type.