What is spray tanning?

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 HVLP tanning equipment. When the airbrush tanning solution is sprayed onto the skin, a safe, natural, sunless tan develops and lasts for about 7-10 days. 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. The pigment resulting from a spray tan does not provide UV protection. The DHA airbrush tanning solution is applied by professional technicians. With most solutions the deepest tan color is reached within about 8 hours, so the color will continue to darken after the initial application. Tanning solutions also typically have a bronzer that provides an immediate tan effect.

What should you do to prepare for a spray tanning session?

For optimal results we recommend you shower, shave, and exfoliate your skin before coming in to the appointment. Your skin should be clean and free from moisturizers, make-up, and deodorants. Lotions and make-up block pores and prevent the tanning solution from reaching and interacting with the skin.

What should you wear to a spray tanning session?

Clients should wear loose fitting clothing to the tanning appointment. We recommend darker colored, comfortable clothing. In warmer months flip-flops or sandals are recommended rather then shoes and socks. During the application process we provide  disposable undergarments but you are more than welcome to wear a swimsuit or personal undergarments.

How long does it take to apply?

The entire appointment will take 15-25 minutes. This includes application and drying time.

How long will the typical spray tan last?

A spray tan fades just like a tan from the sun. Spray tans usually last from 7-10 days. The use of a moisturizing tan extender will result in longer lasting tans. When used as directed the tan extenders can extend your color keeping it smooth and even for several weeks. We offer a variety of top of the line products to maximize the life of your spray tan.

How soon can you shower after a spray tan?

This rule is pretty hard and fast across all of the application methods. Giving the DHA solution time to react will ensure the best results. With most solutions allow 6-12 hours after your tanning session before showering. During this time it is important to avoid sweating and getting wet.

How do you maintain your spray tan?

The most important element of maintaing your spray tan is keeping your skin hydrated. Throughout the duration of your spray tan you want to apply a non-mineral body oil before showering. We recommend Alba Body Oil. It is a hypo-allergenic and all natural product. After showering you will need to use a good lotion. We recommend using a tinted body lotion every other day. Our favorites include  HD Millionaire and Tinted Love. All of these products are available at our salon.

What is the difference between the mystic tan and custom airbrush?
  1. Mystic tan solution sprays on clear while our airbrush solution shows instant color. However, a bronzer or accelerator can be add for a minimal extra cost.
  2. Our custom airbrush solution is anti-aging, pH balanced, infused with aloe vera to moisturize your skin
  3. The airbrush involves one of our technicians customizing your sunless tan with a hand sprayed glow whereas the mystic is a machine booth that does a 360 degree spray and one intensity
  4. Packages are available for both sunless application – call our salon today to find out more!