Spray Tanning Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect during my spray tanning session?
You will meet with one of our spray tan technicians. Together, you’ll discuss and decide on a spray tan level perfectly suited for your skin type and tanning goals as well as any pre and / or post treatment options. You may tan with no tan lines or what you feel comfortable wearing, swimwear or underclothing. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes for the spray tan application. Your color will develop within 6-24 hours.
How long will my spray tan last?
DHA solutions take about 16-hours to fully develop. You will receive the best results if you can avoid bathing until the day after your sunless session. If you have to bathe, you must wait a minimum of 6-hours after the application. If showering prior to the 16-hour post application recommendation, a simple rinse with water only, is best. Soap destroys DHA. Delayed bathing allows the DHA bronzer sufficient time to complete its reaction with the amino acids (proteins) within the skin.
NOTE: It is important to know that the instant/cosmetic bronzers is the color that is immediately visible during the session and will wash off during the first shower, revealing the DHA bronze tan beneath. It is not your tan washing down the drain.
Why is keeping skin moisturized essential to maintain a Radiant looking tan?
It is important to keep skin moisturized after sunless tanning as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and color will fade sooner. You basically want to slow down your body’s natural exfoliation process. Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer, like Norvell® Amber Sun™ Pro-long™, help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural-looking color longer by providing subtle bronzers
Will I turn orange?
Our solution is one of the highest grade products available today with a superior reputation in the industry. Quality solution and equipment along with our highly trained technicians ensures radiant just off the beach color. An orange color comes mostly from an inferior quality DHA product, even today in certain brands of self tanning lotions and automated spray tanning booths.
Will the solution stain my hair?
No, most people will not see any affect on the color of their hair. Customers with light blonde, gray or platinum hair may see some discoloration from the cosmetic bronzers initially; however, this color will wash out with the first rinse after the session. If you have light colored hair we will cover your hair with a hair cap prior to you spray tan session.
Does it have an offensive odor?
Quality products have a much better smell if any than lesser quality products. Occasionally but rare some clients may develop a mild spray tanning scent which is eliminated after the first post tan rinse.
How does spray tanning work?
DHA the self tanning ingredient reacts with the proteins in the skin and oxidizes with the oxygen in the air giving your skin a flawless natural glow.
What is the difference between being spray tanned and using sunless tanning products at home?
With all the care and precautions it is still difficult to get a flawless tan at home. The even consistency and natural look of a turbo powered spray tan is unsurpassed by any other method.
Is Spray tanning safe?
Yes, the active ingredient in self tanning products is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years and was listed with the FDA in 1973. It is declared safe and suitable for use in cosmetics and used to color the skin. DHA is derived from glycerin (vegetable origin) which is a commonly used cosmetic and food ingredient. DHA is not absorbed into the body and poses no possibility of toxicity.
Can I Spray Tan if I’m pregnant?
Yes, DHA only penetrates the outermost skin layers and has been used as a cosmetic ingredient since 1960. However, if you are still concerned you should consult your physician first.
Can I Spray Tan if I normally can’t get very tan naturally?
Yes, sunless spray tanning does not require the melanocytes to achieve a tan. DHA the self tanning ingredient reacts with the proteins in the skin and oxidizes with the oxygen in the air giving the skin a golden tan.
Does sunless tanning give me sun protection like a natural tan?
No. Your skin is not protected and will burn. You will still need to apply SPF lotion when in the sun as you would with your natural skin color.
UV Tanning Frequently Asked Questions
Light is essential to all life on earth. There are various physiological and psychological reasons why exposure to light is desirable and necessary. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence showing people actually require light exposure to function effectively. Light exposure causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin that acts as a depressant in the body and exposure to light produces various health benefits, such as the production of the very necessary Vitamin D3 in the prevention of bone diseases (such as osteoporosis) and in the improvement of symptoms of psoriasis.
People who are exposed to longer hours of bright light feel happier and are able to enjoy life. Potential health benefits include but are not limited to: production of Vitamin D, decreased risks of breast and colon cancer, and reduced risk of sunburn. The psychological benefits of tanning are also well researched. Sunlight deprivation has been linked to some mental disorders. There are numerous reasons, physical and psychological, why exposure to ultraviolet light is desirable. FDA regulations at the present time prevent the indoor tanning industry from making any medical representations or claims related to indoor tanning exposure. And of course, people know that a great tan looks good, feels good, and can add to personal confidence and attractiveness.
What should I wear to tan?
Some people choose to wear a swimsuit, just as they would at the beach. But, because of the privacy of indoor tanning, most tan in the nude to avoid tan lines. Any skin that has never been exposed to ultraviolet light before will be more sensitive. These parts must acquire a tan slowly. Cut down the exposure time for these areas to 1/3 or less of the total time recommended by your tanning professional. When you can’t see any tan lines on your body at all, it’s ok to expose that skin the same length of time as the rest of your body.
Why should I use indoor tanning lotions?
Indoor tanning lotions also known as “accelerators” add nutrients your body needs to produce melanin. Our line of quality accelerators contain vitamin A, C, E, and botanicals that moisturize and increase blood flow, thus increasing oxygenation of melanin cells to help speed up the tanning process. UV rays reflect off of dry skin, the moisturizers in tanning accelerators help you absorb UV rays for better results. You will tan about twice as fast and keep your tan twice as long.
Is indoor tanning as effective as outdoor tanning?
Yes, in fact, sometimes more so because you are in a controlled environment. Your skin produces a tan the same way in an indoor tanning salon as it does when you lay out in the sun: through ultraviolet (UV) light. However, out in the sun, you cannot control the amount of UV light exposure and trying to achieve an all-over even-body tan is very difficult. Indoor tanning allows you to control the amount of UV light, for all all-over even tan. With indoor tanning you can gradually increase your exposure time eliminating any sunburn, which is harmful to the skin. The results and convenience of an “indoor tan” allows a year round healthy looking tan without concerns of prolonged exposure to the burning rays of the sun.
Can I use outdoor oils and lotions in the tanning bed?
NO, just as the word indicates outdoor products should ONLY be used outdoors, as they can cause a film on the acrylic. This actually inhibits the tanning process, rather than acting as an amplifying agent. There are many excellent indoor tanning products for that purpose. Ask our tanning professional for recommendations.
How long will it take to see results?
To build an awesome tan, tan regularly. Allowing too much time between visits will cause your tan to fade. Most people will see a skin color change after the first few sessions. Normally, you will have a good base tan in 6-10 sessions. Then one or two sessions a week thereafter will maintain your tan year round. There are special cells in the skin called melanocytes. Ultraviolet B rays stimulate these cells and cause them to produce melanin. As these cells migrate to the surface of the skin, ultraviolet A rays oxidize them; thus creating a tan. Each of us has a different amount of melanin. Fair-skinned, fair-haired people generally have less than dark-haired, dark-skinned people. This determines, for the most part, how quickly and how dark your skin will tan.
How do I keep my tan?
Moisturize! Moisturize! Healthy skin tans faster, darker, and retains a tan longer. Drink plenty of water and make sure to keep your skin moisturized with a high quality lotion especially formulated-for-tanning. Your skin is constantly renewing itself. The dryer your skin is, the faster it wants to shed its top layers and bring new skin to the surface. You loose the top layers, you loose your tan. Dry layers on the surface of your skin will block the UV rays from getting to the other layers to tan them. Even with moisturizing you will still need to maintain a tanning schedule of every 4 to 5 days, or at least once a week, to keep your tan, because your skin is reproducing new cells all the time.
How much time should I let pass between tanning sessions?
The FDA requires 24 hours between tanning sessions. We recommend allowing at least 2 days in between sessions whenever time allows.
Is it okay to shower right away after tanning?
Absolutely! Tanning is a process that can take up to 24 hours to develop. You cannot “wash” away your tan, unless you are using a self tanner, shaving right away, or exfoliating.
Should I use SPF on my lips?
Yes! You should use an SPF on your lips because your lips can’t tan.
What is the difference between low pressure units & high pressure units?
Low pressure units emit both UVA & UVB at a low energy level. Low pressure units will give more of a red tone tan, and you’ll need to maintain more often. High pressure units generate UVC, UVB, & UVA, but by means of a sophisticated filtering system, only UVA is emitted during a tanning session. It will take fewer sessions with a high pressure unit it to build a golden tan and to keep it. At Totally Tan all of our beds use a higher pressure bronzing type body bulb with high pressure facials, giving you a desired bronze tan. Our level 5 units are completely all high pressure.
How old do I have to be to tan without my parent’s consent?
Sixteen or older. Anyone under 16 must have a parent or legal guardian present with them to sign the Release Form before tanning the first time in our salon. After signing the Release, parents do not need to be present on subsequent visits. We will not accept notes from home, phone calls or parents of friends or other relatives to sign for them as we cannot verify their authenticity
Do I really have to wear eye goggles?
Yes! It is very important! Your skin can tan – your eyes can’t! Federal law requires all tanning salons to supply customers with proper eye protection. This eye wear must meet federal government standards by blocking 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Closing the eyelids or using sunglasses or cotton balls is not adequate protection as the UV rays will easily penetrate these things and continue into the eyes.
Can I tan if I’m pregnant?
Please consult your physician. Although we know that there is no danger from UV rays since they cannot penetrate deeper than the dermis (skin layer). Pregnant women are advised to be cautious with saunas, hot tubs and other things that can cause excessive heat to build up in the uterus. If your physician okay’s your tanning, speak to our Tanning Consultant about which units and times of day are the coolest.
When shouldn’t I tan?
When you are taking photosensitizing medication it is not recommended to tan outdoors or indoors. If you aren’t sure, ask your doctor, or ask our tanning consultant to see a list of medications, which can greatly increase the risk of overexposure. A partial list, by no means inclusive, appears below.
Many common medications and even ingredients in food, shampoos & soaps can cause photosensitivity, which may lead to overexposure. If you are taking prescription medications please check with your physician regarding possible photosensitivity. Perfumes and colognes containing Furocoumarins, compound from natural products such as plants and fruits, can cause your skin to become highly sensitive to UV light. Food and fruits that contain photosensitizing agents: celery, carrots, lime, coriander, parsley, fennel, dill, buttercup, mustard and fig.
Not everyone will experience a photosensitive reaction. Also, someone who experiences a photosensitive reaction once will NOT necessarily experience it again or every time.
What causes white spots?
Tinea Versicolor, a skin condition, caused by a microscopic fungus from the scalp, falls onto arms, shoulders, and other body parts and leaves bleached-looking areas on the skin, which can spread. It is treatable with topical aids such as leaving the active ingredient in Selsum Blue dandruff shampoo on for 10 minutes along with applying Tea Tree oil twice daily for mild cases. For more resistant conditions, your doctor may prescribe pills for treatment. Since tinea versicolor covers skin cells and acts as a sun screen with high SPF factor, the effected areas will not tan and should be protected from further ultraviolet light exposure until those bleached areas have begun developing melanin again.
Can indoor tanning help acne?
Phototherapy (use of UV light) has been used in treating the skin problems of this condition. Tanning dries the skin and this can help keep acne outbreaks to a minimum in acute cases and can help eliminate outbreaks in mild cases. There are also many drugs, including tetracycline and Retin-A, which are also used for the treatment of acne and because these drugs can render the skin photosensitive, one must take extreme care with UV exposure when medicated.
Does tanning help treat depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder?
A growing body of scientific evidence exists that shows some people require more light exposure in order to function properly. Bright light exposure, such as the mid-day summer sun, causes the brain to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin, which acts as a depressant in the body if generated during the daytime. Effected people, exposed to longer hours of bright light, feel happier and more able to enjoy life. Bright light sources emitting only visible light are now frequently used to successfully treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Sub-syndrome Seasonal Affective Disorder (SSAD).