Everyone should know by now that sun-bathing and using tanning beds can severely damage your skin later in life. Possible consequences include wrinkles, sun spots, and dry, leathery skin. Along with these unfortunate-looking aftereffects, you also significantly increase your risk for developing skin cancer. But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to live your life with pasty, white skin. If you can’t bear to show your face (and other body parts) in public without a beachy, sun-kissed glow, consider trying a spray tan.
How does spray tanning work?
Spray tans, like other sunless tanning products, contain a chemical called dihydroxyacetone, commonly known as DHA. DHA is absorbed into your top layer of skin cells and causes a chemical reaction that makes them darken. This coloration process is completely harmless and DHA has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for external use.
How long will my tan last?
Your tan should last between 5 – 7 days, and with good preparation and moisturising it can last even longer. However, everyone’s skin naturally exfoliates at a different rate.
What preparations should I make prior to my appointment?
You must thoroughly exfoliate the day PRIOR to your Tan in order to remove all your dead skin.
Please DO NOT use a moisturiser on the day of treatment.
Daily moisturising, using a recommended after care product, AFTER the bronzer is removed (when you shower) will extend your Tan by 2-3 days.
Shave or wax at least 24 hours prior to your Tan spray application.
Remove all traces of make-up, deodorant and perfume as they can create a barrier, or may react and change the colour of the tan.
What should I wear for my appointment?
Wear loose dark clothing immediately after your Tan application. This avoids the bronzer rubbing off onto lighter garments.
The bronzer is water soluble and will wash away. Care should be taken with light undergarments as the colour can hold on the inner linings / Lycra of these garments.
DO NOT wear tight items of footwear or clothing that could cause friction and rub marks, for example tight socks, trainers, boots and belts.
DO NOT apply moisturiser or liquid make up. Bronzing / loose powder is acceptable as is mascara and lipstick.
We provide paper thongs and hair nets to wear during the spray tan.
What actions/precautions should I take after my appointment?
DO NOT wash your hands for the first 2-3 hours to avoid water marks on the wrists.
Leave the Tan application on the skin for a minimum of 2-4 hours.
After the allocated time have a light shower without soap or cleanser to take of the over spray of bronzer. Your Tan sunless application contains a cosmetic bronzer and this will wash off during showering. DO NOT worry, as this is usual and does not affect the end results of your Tan. Pat the skin dry post showering. DO NOT rub.
Next morning you may have your normal showering routine with soap or cleanser.
Apply your recommended moisturiser or Tan maintainer whilst the skin is damp.
DO NOT exfoliate again for at least 5 days post your Tan spray or until the day prior to your next application.
DO NOT take part in any exercise or activities whilst your Tan is developing. You can resume your normal activities once the bronzer has been removed in the shower.
DO NOT swim whilst your Tan is developing. Wait until you have showered off the bronzers. Chlorine and salt will fade your Tan faster, as this has a bleaching effect on the skin.