Spray Tanning F.A.Q

How does it work?

Fake tan contains a chemical called DHA, which reacts with the air and the amino acids in the top layer of the skin, causing it to gradually darken. Only the uppermost skin cells are affected. DHA is non-toxic and the skin darkening reaction is confined to the top later of the skin only – nothing is absorbed into the body. This is highlighted in the way that a fake tan fades away slowly as the skin cells undergo their natural regeneration process and flake off the body.

How long does a Spray Tan last?*
Your radiant tan will last for about 5 to 7 days depending on how well you care for your skin following your treatment. If you moisturise your skin regularly and avoid using harsh shower gels and soaps that can cause the colour to fade, your burnished tan will look glorious all week.

How do I prepare for a Spray Tan session?*
For the maximum result, before your session, shower and exfoliate the skin. Make sure your skin is free of perfumes, lotions, oils, deodorants, gels or any product on the skin that would create a barrier. Also, remove all jewellery (and don’t put it back on until a few hours after your tan)!

What should I wear whilst having a spray tan?*
You should wear whatever you feel most comfortable in, we provide disposable underwear, hair net and sticky feet. Some client prefer to wear swimwear or old underwear and others will be happy to wear nothing at all. It really is down to the individual client and they feel.

How long should I wait after a tanning session before showering?*
To give the DHA enough time to fully set, it is recommended waiting a minimum of 7 hours after tanning. Showering sooner may diminish the intensity of the tan.

Can a Spray Tan be removed?
The colour produced by a tan does not wash off; it simply fades as the upper layers of the epidermis wear away. You can try to speed the exfoliation process by gently scrubbing the skin with a washcloth or loofah sponge. DO NOT OVER SCRUB! It may take a week or more for the “tanned” skin to disappear.

Is a Spray Tan safe?
YES! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless or self-tanning products that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years and was listed with the FDA in 1973. It is declared safe and suitable for use in cosmetics and drugs used to colour the skin. DHA is derived from glycerin (vegetable origin), which is a commonly used cosmetic and food ingredient. DHA is not absorbed into the body and poses no possibility of toxicity.

What happens if the spray mist gets in my eyes?
Tanning mist have been used in over three million tanning sessions with no adverse reactions documented.

What happens if I inhale any of the tan mist?
While no one should purposely inhale or ingest the tan mist, it is known that DHA (the active tanning ingredient) is a non-hazardous compound and causes no adverse reaction in moderate quantities when applied topically or even ingested. DHA has been used as a diet supplement in sports nutrition and is non-carcinogenic. Testing has further shown that DHA is less toxic than aspirin, caffeine and even common table salt.

Will swimming affect my Spray Tan?
Swimming in chlorinated water or salt water can fade the results, cause possible streaking and will diminish the length of your tan.

Will I look orange?
You can choose from a light, medium or dark shade. The tan will work with the natural pigment in your skin to develop a natural looking tan.

Should I shave before or after the Spray Tan application?*
Shaving is a form of exfoliation so you should shave about 8 hours before the application. Shaving after will take off some of your tan, so shave before. After your application, be sure to use a new razor as old dull blades can mar your reuslts.

Does a Spray Tan provide SPF protection?
No! Spray Tans do not provide any sunscreen protection, so you should apply sunscreen accordingly. Your skin will appear tanned, even though it’s not. This is an artificial tan. There is no Sun Protection Factor (SPF) so your skin is still exposed and vulnerable to the sun. If you choose to expose your skin to UV rays either from the sun or a tanning bed, it is important to use a lotion with SPF to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

What is the advantage of a Spray Tan over UV tanning?
Airbrush tanning is an alternative form of tanning. People with sensitive skin or people who have a hard time tanning, be it natural or in tanning beds will find this form of tanning very comforting. One application with airbrush tanning will be equivalent to approximately 6 tanning bed sessions, there for making it cost effective. Airbrushtanning also spares the skin of excessive wear and tear and free from potential burns caused by the sun or tanning beds. *It is recommended you speak to your spray tan technician or Salon for advise and guideines.

Please note: these are general guidelines only. Speak to your Spray Tan Technician for more details.
Exfoliate thoroughly and moisturise the day before your tan is to be applied. This will remove dead skin and provide a new, smooth surface for your tan.
Shave or wax and moisturise the night before your application NOT ON THE DAY*.
Remove contact lenses during your session.
Remove make-up, moisturiser, perfume and deodorant before your application*.
Do not have a spray tan if you are pregnant or breast feeding (as a precaution)*.
When using an automated booth a tan professional will give you advise on how to position yourself in the tanning cubicle. It is recommended that you wear dark loose fitting clothing. Solution washes out of most clothing very easily but tends to stain nylon and lycra materials, therefore dark coloured underwear is recommended. Be careful after your tanning appointment of wearing long boots as these can make your tan patchy on your legs.

Leave your tan for at least 7 hours and overnight if possible before showering or taking a bath. This allows your tan to develop.
Avoid wearing socks or shoes after your tanning session as sweating can inhibit the development of your tan. Sandals are a good choice.
Avoid applying moisturises or deodorants.
Avoid wearing tight clothing for at least 5 hours.
All swimming, showering and vigorous exercise must be avoided for at least 5 hours as this can inhibit the development of your tan.
Don’t shave until 12 hours after your treatment.
Don’t sit on light coloured fabrics until you’ve showered or taken a bath as the colour guide can cause discolouration.
Remember. When you take a shower or a bath you will probably see some colour wash off. Don’t worry. This is quite normal as it is
only the colour guide that the spray tan technician uses when the tan is applied. You will be left with a gorgeous tan.

Maintaining the Tan*
It is recommended you follow these general guidelines to maintain your tan:
Moisturise regularly (use oil-free moisturiser).
Avoid long hot baths and showers as these speed up exfoliation.
Pat your skin dry after a bath or shower. Rubbing your skin may rub off your tan.
Avoid swimming pools or sea water as these can reduce your tan.