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Before coming in to spray, you always want to prep your skin. Be sure to shower, shave, and exfoliate before visiting us for your spray. You do not want to apply any make-up, lotions, perfumes, etc. Anything that can block the spray from being applied evenly... avoid it! This will help ensure the best results.
This video offers some great information and will help you know what to expect when using our Mystic HD booth. We have the same booth pictured in the video.
Sunless tanning is the spray/mist application of Sunless Tanning Solution to your body. When applied, DHA (The active ingredient in Sunless Tanning Solution) reacts with the proteins in the skin's superficial layer to form a golden brown color. Your skin begins to darken 2-3 hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The color will naturally fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun.
Absolutely! We carry a line of take-home products that were created to enhance and extend Spray Tanning results. **Over the counter products that are not specifically designed for Sunless Tanning may block the tan's application, impede the development process and may create uneven fading.**
A Sunless Spray Tan can last up to 7 - 10 days depending on the formulation you choose and the condition of your skin. Taking care of your spray and being mindful of the product you use can also extend the life of it.
The Sunless Solution is a clear formula and you will start to see results in 8-12 hours and takes approximately 24 hours to reach peak color. We have an enhancer that will cut the development time in half, increases color depth and saturation, and conditions and balances your skin to ensure a natural looking tan. We also have an Instant Bronzer option in 2 shades that will ensure results immediately.
To give the DHA enough time to fully set, we recommend waiting a minimum of 4 hours after your session or 8 hours for optimal results. Showering too soon may diminish the intensity of the tan. If you tanned using an Instant Cosmetic Color option it will wash off in the shower, but the color produced by the DHA will remain.
When you do shower make sure you use a very gentle body wash/soap with NO fragrance and low suds. Any other type of soap will strip away your color and/or make your tan uneven and splotchy. Avoid using any type of exfoliant during the life of your tan (loofah sponge or poof/rough washcloth). When your tan is gone then do a full body exfoliation.
The FDA recommends you take protective measures to eliminate eye contact, inhalation or ingestion during your spray session, such as:
Using protective eyewear
Wearing nose filters
Sealing lips with lip balm
Using protective undergarments
A Sunless tan will not prevent your skin from burning in the natural sun or in a tanning bed, like a base tan will. Please take the proper precautions when tanning with UV light exposure indoors or out. We will be able to assist you if you choose cocktail tanning.
Cocktail tanning is when you tan in a UV bed immediately before spray tanning. The UV rays trigger the melanin production, while opening your pores and allow the sunless solution to penetrate your skin. This produces an even darker, deeper and longer-lasting tan.
The solution is completely water soluble. You may notice some initial cosmetic color on the inside of your clothes, but this color will wash out in cold water, however DHA in the tanning formula may permanently stain what you wear during your session.
Not at all. Before Sunless Spray Tanning, most self-tanners were creams and lotions applied by hand. That meant inconsistent coverage. Too much applied in one place left the skin looking orange and not enough lotion left unattractive streaks. Sprays give an even, 360-degree coverage that prevents that.
Some people notice a slight starchy smell on their skin a few hours after a tanning session. This is simply the DHA reacting to proteins in your skin and it fades away fairly quickly. We have different aromas that can be added to your session. This is one of the add-ons available for purchase.
Swimming in chlorinated or salt water can fade the Sunless Spray results, cause possible streaking and will diminish the length of your tan. However, normal activities such as bathing, showering or physical activities will not affect the quality of your tan.
This video is another demonstration that goes a bit more into detail about what to expect inside of the booth.