Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions that we get … hope this has answered your query about our Spray Tans – however, if you still have a query please feel free to get in touch, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have!
No, definitely not, I only use professional products which immerses colour from the gun, I can clearly see where I have sprayed hence not making you streaky. As a trained professional, I will make sure you match the correct solution to your skin tone, thus eliminating the risk of looking ‘fake’ or ‘orange’. It provides a very natural colour, which will be the envy of all your friends.
If you have breathing difficulties or you have a reaction to self-tanning products you should not have a spray tan.
A full body exfoliation and shave the day before. Do not apply deodorants or perfumes as these can prevent the absorption of the tanning solution and upon tanning go green in those areas. Do not use moisturisers on the day of your tan as they can act as a barrier to the solution.
The actual spray tanning process only takes 5-10 minutes and it takes about 5 minutes to dry. Your whole appointment should take around 15-20 minutes.
The product works on the outer layer of your skin. The products contain DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) which reacts with the amino acids in your skin and the oxygen in the air causing your skin to turn brown. Different skin types react in different degrees to the solution, so we have a range of strengths that we can use to achieve different depths of tan. The tanning reaction takes about 6 to 8 hours to develop.
Spray tanning offers an alternative to tanning by exposure to UVA/UVB. It is particularly suitable for people with sensitive skin or those who do not tan easily. One spray tan treatment is equivalent to around six tanning bed sessions. And as I said in the answer above, it is much safer than risking prolonged over exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays
Most individuals go topless and wear a dark thong. However, it is entirely up to you, I recommend any clothing worn during the tanning process should be dark, although the tanning solution will wash out of lighter colour clothing. I will provide a Hair net to keep the tan from going in your hair when tanning the face.
The active ingredient in the spray tan, DHA, is non-hazardous and should cause no adverse reaction in moderate quantities. DHA is even used as a diet supplement in sports nutrition and is non-carcinogenic. Testing indicates that DHA is less toxic than aspirin or caffeine.
No, your spray tan does not give any additional protection from the sun. You should take the usual precautions when going out into the sun after a spray tan. Tanning solutions contain no UVA / UVB protection so if you intend to go out in the Sun, it is recommended you apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or more.
How dark your skin goes will depend on your skin type and the strength of the solution I use during the treatment. I will advise you on this during your consultation prior to your tan. Also, your skin will react more readily with repeat treatments, so top up tans on a regular basis will help you go darker more naturally.
You should wear loose dark clothing, avoid anything tight as it may produce a rub mark or lines. Avoid wearing socks or tight shoes and if possible, wear flip-flops for the developing period.
You should not shower during the development period, for at least about 8 hours. Also avoid anything too strenuous which may make you sweat as this can also affect your tan and may cause lighter patches to appear. By showering you will not allow the tan to develop properly and you will be left disappointed about the depth of your shade.
Your tan does not wash off, but it will fade as the outer layer of the skin naturally sheds dead skin cells. You can help the process by exfoliating, however, do not over do it! The tan will fade naturally over about 1 week.