Frequently Asked Questions
What is a spray tan?
Airbrush tanning, often called spray tanning or sunless tanning, is a process by which a DHA based
solution is airbrushed on to the skin via an automated system or LVCLP tanning equipment. When the
airbrush tanning solution is sprayed onto the skin, a safe, natural, sunless tan develops and
lasts for between one and two weeks. Sunless tanning solutions contain Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), an
ingredient approved by the FDA, which reacts with the natural amino acids in the top layer of your
skin, producing the best looking sunless bronze tan.Back
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Is a spray tan safe?
Yes, Sunless tanning is a safe and proven method of obtaining a tan. As with any personal product,
sensitivity can occur but is very rare. If an individual has ever had any adverse effects utilizing
self-tanning products or moisturizers, they might experience similar effects with spray tanning. The
active ingredient DHA or dihydroxiacetone is derived from sugar beets and has been FDA approved for topical
application and used for tanning creams since the 1960s. DHA has also been used in food and cosmetics for
decades. When DHA comes in contact with the amino acids of the skin, it creates a natural chemical reaction
that causes the skin to appear tanned.Back to Top of Page
Does spray tanning protect me from the sun?
NO! Spray tanning DOES NOT protect you from the sun. It is recommended that a sunscreen be used at
any time you go out into the sun.Back to Top of Page
How long does spray tanning last?
Depending on the skin type, a tan will typically last between 8 to 12 days. Like a suntan, the sunless
tan will fade gradually as your skin naturally exfoliates. However, you can help to extend your tan
by avoiding HOT baths and showers and by using moisturizers daily. I recommend Suave 24 Hour lotion,
a lotion with no exfoliating properties. I have found that inexpensive lotions work best.Back to Top of Page
How often can I spray tan?
Spray tanning back to back on the same day is not advised as it does not give the DHA time to set and
work with your body’s amino acids. Tanning can be performed every 5 to 7 days if desired.Back to Top of Page
How many times does a person need to spray tan to achieve the color they want?
Everybodys skin type and color is unique. A person will be tan after one session, but they may want an additional
session to achieve a deeper shade of tan. Once they reach the desired color they should be able to maintain it by tanning
once a week. Darker tanning solution is also available for a nominal cost.Back to Top of Page
How long does it take for a spray tan session?
Full body sessions take between 3 to 5 minutes. A facial takes less than a minute. The solution dries
in a matter of minutes.Back to Top of Page
Will spray tan cause freckles?
No. In fact, in most cases, the spray tan will help to even out skin tones, blend freckles and
blemishes will become less pronounced.Back to Top of Page
Will spray tanning work on fair-skinned people?
YES, we have very satisfied customers who were formerly lily white and now are completely satisfied with their color after spray tanning.Back to Top of Page
Do I have to take off all of my clothes for the application?
No, this is an individual choice. You can wear a bikini, swimsuit, gstring, bra and panties or be naked, it's entirely up to you.
Male clients must wear some form of undergarment. We also supply wraps for tanning.Back to Top of Page
What is the cost of spray tanning?
Spray tanning is priced competitively with other forms of tanning. I am able to offer a more affordable
rate because my tanning shop is in my home and I don’t have the overhead that separate brick and mortar
establishments have. Please review the pricing page for the different packages offered. Remember, ONE
application of spray tan will quickly produce the equivalent color of approximately 5 to 6 tanning bed
sessions, therefore make it more cost effective.Back to Top of Page
How do I prepare for my spray tan session?
Shower or bathe and exfoliate prior to your session. Since the chemical process affects only the top layer of skin, as your skin
sloughs off, your tan can go with it. Your skin must be smooth, clean and dry to get a smooth, clean tan. NO LOTIONS PRIOR TO TANNING.
Loofah sponges can cause streaking; we recommend pretan exfoliating with a rough washcloth or exfoliating wash.
Wear loose fitting, dark clothing and flip flop shoes after your spray tan session. Tight or rough clothes, such as jeans will rub on
your skin, and reduce the effect of your tan. The tanning solution may stain silk, wool and synthetic fabrics, so these should not be
worn in the first 24 hours after the spray tan session.Back to Top of Page
How do I maximize my spray tan?
Limit physical activity for 8 to 12 hours following your tanning session.
Do not shower or get wet for at least 8 to 12 hours after tanning. DHA continues to react with the amino acids of your skin for up to 12 hours.
Use a tan extending moisturizer on your skin morning and night between spray tans
The time of year will affect your skin, and therefore, your tan. Keep moisturized.
Long hot baths or long showers are great for pretan exfoliation, but can cause a tan to fade prematurely. The skin soaks and softens
with length of time exposed and this can speed up the exfoliation process. Only use a soft cloth for washing when you are tanned.
Pat dry after showering or bathing - DO NOT RUB!
Use a sharp, clean razor with a lubricating product, when shaving. Hair conditioner works well.
Avoid hair removal products ... Nair, Neet, wax, etc.
Avoid harsh soaps such as deodorant bar soap.
Anti-acne products, including Retin-A type products, and makeup removal products may cause tan to fade.
Avoid exfoliating scrubs, facial masks, and toners containing alcohol.
Swimming in a chlorinated pool or hot tub can cause tan to fade prematurely. The application of thick waterproof sun block, prior
to swimming, may help reduce fading.Back to Top of Page
What is DHA?
The active ingredient in all sunless tanning solutions is Dihydroxyacetone, (dee-high-drox-ee-ac-eh-tone)
or DHA. It is the only ingredient approved by the FDA, (US Food & Drug Administration), for sunless tanning
and is currently the most popular way of gaining a tan without sun exposure. DHA has been used in
cosmetic preparations to color the skin for over 30 years. DHA is a colorless sugar (from sugar beets)
that darkens the skin by staining. DHA is not absorbed into the body and poses no possibility of
toxicity. There are no oils in the solution and it does not clog pores.Back to Top of Page
How does the tanning solution affect my skin?
The skin is made up of two main layers: the epidermis on the outside and the dermis on the inside. If you are talking about sun tanning or
self-tanning, the epidermis is where the action occurs. Epidermis is made up of layers. The deepest layer of the epidermis, the stratum basale,
basal layer is affected during sun tanning. The Stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis that is the layer affected by most
sunless-tanning products. As the sugar interacts with dead skin cells, a color change occurs. This change usually lasts about 7 to 10 days
from initial application.
Every day, millions of dead skin cells are sloughed off or worn away from the surface of your skin. In fact, every 35 to 45 days you have an
entirely new epidermis. This is why tans from sunless or self tanning lotions will gradually fade, as the dead skin cells are worn away, so
does your tan. For this reason most of these products suggest that you reapply the sunless or self-tanner every week or two to maintain your tan.
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