Preparing for your spray tan
Top tips to get the best from your spray tan:
- The day before you should remove dead skin cells by doing a full body exfoliation.
- The day before you should shave/wax. This gives time for pores to close, this prevents tanning solution sitting in the open pores and making dots.
- Do not apply deodorants or perfumes as these can prevent the absorption of the tanning solution.
- Any traces of deodorants and perfumes should be removed before the tan is applied, preferably with water and a flannel.
- Do not use moisturisers on the day of your tan as they can act as a barrier to the solution.
- Do apply nail polish to your nails as the tanning procedure may discolour your nails.
- On your first tanning session, I complete a consultation form which I will be able to refer to on future appointments. Any information is stored in strict accordance with the data protection act and is never shared with any third parties.
- We apply a barrier cream to your hands and feet and any areas to prevent them from tanning too much. You will then remove your clothing and jewellery, leaving on what you feel comfortable in. We recommend wearing dark underwear such as a thong or bikini bottoms. The spraying takes place in a pop-up cubicle to ensure spray goes on you and not everywhere else. We provide a hair cap and mask if required.
- The spraying process takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, plus a few minutes to dry.
- The spray product consists of the agent which makes you tan and a guide colour which enables me to see where I’ve sprayed. The tan will develop over about 8 hours. The guide colour will wash off during your first shower.
- The tan develops over a period of about 8 hours – so don’t shower for the first 8 hours or your tan will not fully develop.
- For the first 8 hours wear loose, dark clothing. The tan will wash out of most clothes but may stain lighter materials. Tight clothing may produce rub marks causing lighter areas to appear. Also avoid shoes and socks if possible and wear flip-flops.
- Perspiration can wash off the tanning solution, so avoid anything too strenuous during the developing time.
- To preserve your tan as long as possible
- Your tan will normally last from 5-7 days. For a deeper colour you can book a top-up tan 2-4 days after your 1st treatment.
- Chlorine will fade the tan quicker so try to avoid swimming.
- After showers of baths pat yourself dry don’t rub.
- Keeping your skin moisturised is the most important thing you can do. Moisturise every day.
Will I go orange or streaky?
Spray tanning products are now far better and with professional training in the application of these products these problems have been virtually eliminated. We use Suntana professional products and equipment that are tried and tested to deliver a top quality spray tan. As trained professionals our team make sure they match the correct solution to your skin tone, thus eliminating the risk of looking ‘fake’ or ‘orange’. Suntana provides a range of natural colours, so there is something for everyone.
How long does it last?
Your tan will last about 5 to 7 days and will fade naturally as the outer layer of your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells. To make the most of your tan follow the preparation guidelines to ensure your skin is a receptive as it can be. After your treatment we recommend you minimise the time you spend in chlorinated water such as swimming pools as chlorine will make your tan fade more quickly. We can supply you with Suntana after care products that will help you keep your tan for longer.
Who should not have a spray tan?
If you have breathing difficulties or you have a reaction to self tanning products you should not have a spray tan. If you have any doubts then please call us before your appointment. Masks are available for anyone with mild breathing problems/pregnant ladies/etc.
Is it safe?
Spray Tanning is much safer than risking prolonged over exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays. The main component of the Suntana product is 10% DHA. This has been listed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1973, and has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years. DHA is not absorbed through the skin into the body and it has no known toxicity.
What is the advantage of a Spray Tan over UV tanning?
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 we said in the answer above, it is much safer than risking prolonged over exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays
What should I wear?
Your should wear whatever you feel comfortable in, most women go topless and wear a dark thong. However it is entirely up to you, many ladies feel more comfortable wearing a bikini. We recommend any clothing worn during the misting process should be dark, although the tanning solution will wash out it is more likely to stain lighter clothing.
What happens if I inhale the tanning spray?
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 actually less toxic than aspirin or caffeine.
Will spray tan protect me from getting a sunburn?
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.
How dark will I get?
How dark you skin goes will depend on your skin type and the strength of the solution we use during the treatment. We will advise you on this during your consultation. Also you skin will react more readily with repeat treatments, so top up tans on a regular basis will help you go darker more naturally.
What should I wear after my treatment?
You should wear loose dark clothing, avoid anything tight as it may produce a rub mark. Avoid wearing socks or tight shoes and if possible wear flip-flops for the developing period.
Can I shower after my treatment?
You should not shower during the development period, 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.
Can a Spray Tan be removed?
Your tan does not wash off, but is 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.
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