sunless tanning faq

Mystic HD

WHAT IS SUNLESS SPRAY TANNING?

Sunless tanning is the spray/mist application of Sunless Tanning Solution to your body.  When applied, DHA (The active ingredient in Sunless Tanning Solution) reacts with the proteins in the skin's superficial layer to form a golden brown color.  Your skin begins to darken 2-3 hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours.  The color will naturally fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun.

HOW DO I PREPARE?

1.  Exfoliate and shave the day before or the day of your session

2.  The day of your session refrain from using moisturizers, perfumes, lotions, oils or deodorants that may create a barrier between your skin and the solution. 

3.  Wear darker loose clothing and bring a hair tie.

 

WHEN CAN I SHOWER?

To give the DHA enough time to fully set, we recommend waiting a minimum of 4 hours after your session or 8 hours for optimal results.  Showering too soon may diminish the intensity of the tan.  If you tanned using an Instant Cosmetic Color option it will wash off in the shower, but the color produced by the DHA will remain.

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

A Sunless Spray Tan can last up to 7 days depending on the formulation you choose and the condition of your skin.

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

The Sunless Solution is a clear formula and you will start to see results in 8-12 hours and takes approximately 24 hours to reach peak color.  We have an enhancer that will cut the development time in half, increases color depth and saturation, and conditions and balances your skin to ensure a natural looking tan.  We also have an Instant Cosmetic Color option in 2 shades that will ensure results immediately. 

 

IS THERE A WAY TO ENHANCE MY RESULTS?

Absolutely! We carry a line of take-home products that were created to enhance and extend Spray Tanning results.  **Over the counter products that are not specifically designed for Sunless Tanning may block the tan's application, impede the development process and may create uneven fading.**

HOW WILL MY SKIN REACT TO UV WITH A SPRAY TAN?

A Sunless tan will not prevent your skin from burning in the natural sun or in a tanning bed, like a base tan will.  Please take the proper precautions when tanning with UV light exposure indoors or out.  We will be able to assist you if you choose cocktail tanning. 

WHAT IS A COCKTAIL TANNING?

Cocktail tanning is when you tan in a UV bed immediately before spray tanning.  The UV rays trigger the melanin production, while opening your pores and allow the sunless solution to penetrate your skin.  This produces an even darker, deeper and longer-lasting tan. 

 

WILL IT STAIN MY CLOTHES?

The solution is completely water soluble.  You may notice some initial cosmetic color on the inside of your clothes, but this color will wash out in cold water, however DHA in the tanning formula may permanently stain what you wear during your session.

 

WILL MY SKIN LOOK ORANGE?

Not at all.  Before Sunless Spray Tanning, most self-tanners were creams and lotions applied by hand.  That meant inconsistent coverage.  Too much applied in one place left the skin looking orange and not enough lotion left unattractive streaks. 

WHAT WILL I SMELL LIKE AFTER?

Some people notice a slight starchy smell on their skin a few hours after a tanning session.  This is simply the DHA reacting to proteins in your skin and it fades away fairly quickly.  We have 3 different aromas that can be added to your session. 

CAN I SWIM WITH A SPRAY TAN?

Swimming in chlorinated or salt water can fade the Sunless Spray results, cause possible streaking and will diminish the length of your tan.  However, normal activities such as bathing, showering or physical activities will not affect the quality of your tan.

WHAT IS THE FDA ADVISORY?

The FDA recommends you take protective measures to eliminate eye contact, inhalation or ingestion during your spray session, such as:

  • Using protective eyewear
  • Wearing nose filters
  • Sealing lips with lip balm
  • Using protective undergarments