Q: What is sunless tanning and how does it work?
A: Sunless tanning is the process of applying a solution to the body either by airbrush, aerosol canister or a sunless spray booth. TANfastic Tanning Salon offers a spray booth. The main active ingredient in all sunless tanning preparations and airbrush/spray-booth solution is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) an FDA-approved, all-natural, sugar-based substance. First recognized as a skin coloring agent by German scientists in the 1920s, DHA is commonly used in many cosmetics and in food preparation. When applied to the body for sunless tanning purposes, DHA reacts with amino acids in the top skin layer to produce a golden-brown color.
Q: How long before I start to see results from my sunless session?
A: Spray solution that contains a cosmetic (instant) bronzer will give you an immediate result, and the tan begins to develop 2-4 hours after the session. Depending on the solution formula used, the skin will continue to darken for 24-72 hours, as the natural process continues.
Q: How long does the tan last?
A: Depending on your lifestyle – how often you shower, sweat, etc. – it can last up to 7 days. TANfastic Tanning Salon offers products created specifically for post-session skincare.
Q: Will I turn “orange” after my sunless session?
A: Sunless spray solutions have been refined since they were first introduced; the biggest development is the variety of custom solution formulas, which allow tanners to choose a level of tan that will best compliment their individual coloring and skin tone. The Tanning Consultants at TANfastic Tanning Salon can help you determine which session will give you the best result.
Q: What is the price of a session?
A: Sessions start at $15.99.
Q: Any special instructions for after my session?
A: Wait at least four hours before showering or bathing, to allow the tanning process time for full development. To avoid fading and stripping of instant bronzing results, bathe with plain water only for the first 16 hours after your session. Avoid using bar soap, high-pH shower gels or in-shower moisturizers, as they can halt the full development of the DHA bronzing reaction. TANfastic Tanning Salon offer products created specifically for post-session skincare. If possible, avoid activities that may cause you to sweat, swimming pools and spas for at least 24-hours after your session. Use tan extenders to prolong the life of your new sunless tan. TANfastic Tanning Salon offers products created specifically for extending your sunless tan.
Q: Can I use sunless tanning in addition to UV tanning?
A: Yes, in fact many people utilize both UV tanning and sunless tanning to give their color a boost. We call this “Double Dipping." Our Elite Spray Tanning package includes our level 4, 8 minute standup tanning bed prior to your spray tan service.
Q: Can I use the sunless booth if I’m pregnant?
A: The major concern with tanning and pregnancy is the heat produced by traditional UV tanning systems; raising a pregnant woman’s core body temperature can be harmful. In addition, a woman’s balance/coordination can change slightly as her pregnancy progresses, making it possibly dangerous to get in and out of a sunbed or booth. There is no heat concern with a sunless session, it is very short in duration and the spray solution is all natural; but it’s always best to check with your physician beforehand.
Here’s what you should do before your sunless session:
Follow these guidelines to obtain the best results from a sunless session at TANfastic Tanning Salon: You should wear dark, loose fitting clothes to the salon for your session; the spray solution that contains cosmetic bronzer can get on your clothes, but it washes out easily. It is recommended that you remove all jewelry prior to your session. To prepare the skin to fully absorb the sunless solution you should remove dead, dry skin by exfoliating your entire body in the shower just prior to your session, paying special attention to typically dry areas such as your knees and elbows. Avoid using bar soap, high-pH shower gels or in-shower moisturizers, as these products can halt the full development of the DHA-bronzing reaction. Any waxing should be done no less than two days prior to your session. Also, elevated body temperature, perspiration or moisture on the skin can hinder DHA development and results; TANfastic Tanning Salon offers pre-session products to prepare your skin for the session.
Do NOT apply lotions, moisturizers, deodorant, perfumes, make-up or any other personal care products prior to your session, as they will prevent even application of the sunless solution.