The most common questions we get from our clients
For best results, do a good exfoliation in the shower including your face 2-3 days before your tan. Shave the day before your tan and make sure you rinse your legs really well. On the day of your tanning appointment, you can shower and lightly exfoliate only the drier areas like elbows, knees, and heels. Use warm, not hot, water. Avoid soaps like Dove and Dial. If possible, avoid any soap on the day of your tan – arm pits and privates are the exception. Do not lotion your body, put on deodorant, or perfume as this creates a barrier for the tanning solution which will hamper absorption and give you a reduced, streaky, or blotchy outcome. If you are coming after work and have deodorant on, I have wipes to help remove that.
Feel free to dress however you feel comfortable for your tan. Clients frequently choose to tan in their underwear, bathing suits, topless, or nude. It really just depends on the coverage you want, the tan line you desire, and what you are comfortable with If you are tanning for bathing suit season, be sure that what you wear for your tan will look good with the bathing suit you plan to wear. You will have a visible tan line after your spray and we want to make sure that it is hidden by your bathing suit. I recommend tanning in bottoms/ tops that are dark or you don’t mind getting a little bit stained (very unlikely). We supply disposable garments, nose filters, and hair protection for each tan, if desired.
Men are required to wear a bottom of some sort.
Loose, dark clothing is recommended to change into after your tan. If you are coming from work or a day out, please make sure you pack for your post tan. The solution will dry in about 5 minutes, but some may rub off on clothes...especially if they are too tight. Watch out for tight waistbands, sports bras, tight pants/ jeans, socks, running shoes, or other fabrics that cling and hug the body like leggings or yoga pants. Solution does wash out of most clothing and sheets but can stain delicate and dry clean only fabrics on occasion. In addition, if you wear tight clothing immediately after your tan, the solution can rub off on high friction places like knees and tight waistbands leaving you with a lighter tan in those areas. I like to think of it like putting on tight gloves after your manicure...not the best idea!
If possible, wash your face prior to your tanning appointment. It is ok to wear eye makeup, but foundations and creams will create a barrier to the solution. I have face wipes on hand so if washing your face is not possible before your appointment, I have you covered.
If you plan to get waxed prior to your tan, I recommend doing so 3-4 days before your tanning appointment.
If you are planning on a manicure/ pedicure or massage, I highly suggest having these done a day or two prior to your tan as exfoliators and oils are used and will diminish your tan.
If you are tanning for a special event, I recommend doing so 1-2 days before the event. If this is your first spray tan it is not recommended to get a tan immediately before an important event as results can vary from person to person. Be advised that a small percentage of people have skin that does not react favorably to spray tanning. For this reason, we do NOT advise being sprayed for the first time when your appearance is critical; e.g., wedding, special occasion, photographic session, modeling assignment, etc. Brides are very strongly encouraged to have a trial tan before they get a tan for their wedding.
The tanning process will take about 15 minutes, which includes prep, applying the solution, and drying time. If it is your first-time tanning with me, allow a half hour, please.
Both tans are really beautiful, have the same end color, and fade the same…It just depends on how you want to wear the solution while you are developing.
The Deluxe Tan is a solution that has to be left on for at least 8-10 hours before showering while the tan develops. During this time, you must stay dry and avoid skin to skin contact.
The Rapid Tan has a much higher level of the compound that makes you tan so that means you need to rinse it off your body more quickly so it won’t over develop. Most clients are instructed to rinse somewhere between 1-4 hours. During that time you must stay dry and avoid skin to skin contact. After your rinse however you can go ahead and get wet and don’t have to worry about the skin to skin contact.
For clients using the Rapid Tan solution, we will discuss when you should shower depending on how dark you would like to be. The time frame to rinse is usually between 1-4 hours and you are to rinse with warm water only – no soap or hair washing until the tan is fully developed. The tan will continue to develop for the next 12-15 hours so you will see yourself become gradually darker as time passes. The tan will be in its finest form after 24 hours.
It can happen! With a dense makeup brush, try buffing the drip out to redisperse the bronzer.
The time you are instructed to shower is not a suggestion. If you leave on the Rapid solution longer than recommended, you run the risk of becoming unnaturally tan.
Your tan should last 7-10 days depending on how you care for your skin. The tan fades very naturally. Activities like swimming in the ocean, exfoliating in the shower, taking extra long and hot showers or baths, heavy and sustained sweating, or excessive shaving will cause your tan to fade more quickly. The rule of thumb is that anything that causes your skin cells to shed at an increased rate will also cause your tan to fade more quickly. Treatments for your face like glycolic and salicylic acids will cause your face to fade more quickly. Many clients just use their makeup bronzer to even things out if this happens.
No! Tanning solution will not hurt your perfect polish. In addition, we wipe both the nails and palms of your hands immediately after your tan.
Some ways you can make your tan last longer is by keeping hydrated and moisturizing your skin regularly with lotions that are free of synthetic oils, parabens, and alcohol. If you are an every day shaver you may want to consider every other day instead. When you do bathe or shower try for nice, warm water, not scalding hot. Use your hands or soft sponges to apply soap in the shower – avoid rigorous scrubbing with washcloths, towels, and loofa-type items. Be sure to keep hydrated on the inside and drink lots of water.
It is not advised to apply tanning solution on top of sunburn as this may cause blotchy patches caused by peeling skin. In addition, the client assumes all responsibility if your tan reacts with peeling skin caused by sunburn or cosmetic procedures such as, but not limited to, lasers or chemical peels.
It is not advised to layer several different tanning products (at home tanning lotions with spray tan solution) as the combination of formulas can cause streaking, cracking, and undesired color. If you have an old spray tan or use self-tanner, make sure it is completely removed before your appointment.
Pregnant or nursing women should consult their physician before their session.
Spray tanning utilizes an active ingredient called DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) to create a bronzed look on the skin. DHA is a natural ingredient found in plants like sugar beets. The FDA considers DHA to be safe and is approved for topical use if you protect mucus membranes.