WHAT IS A SPRAY TAN?
Spray tanning is a form of sunless tanning, using products with DHA that is sprayed as a fine mist, onto the body.
The ingredient in all sunless products is called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which darkens the top layers of the skin and is completely safe.
Since the skin is constantly shedding and regenerating, this temporary effect generally lasts from 5-7 days and is completely safe for your skin. The spray tan doesn’t provide any protection against the sun’s rays so it is important to wear a UVA/UVB daily sunscreen.
At Kristyl, we use an airbrush or airgun machine to administer the spray. Our tanning solutions vary depending on the ethnicity of the client at hand. The average spray tan solution must be left on for approximately 8 hours but can vary from 1 – 8 hours.
HOW TO PREP FOR A SPRAY TAN
For best results in getting a spray tan, exfoliation is key.
Before the appointment,
- Scrub the body to get off all of the old, dead layers of skin (within 24 hours PRIOR to appointment) as this will help the tan to go on more even and smooth. (We like the body scrub called St.Ives Apricot Scrub.)
- Do not wear any lotions, creams, perfumes or deodorants to appointment. These all act as “barriers” and can hinder the outcome of the tan.
- Wear loose dark clothing (like a wrap or dress) and cotton underwear. Choose underwear (or old swimsuit) that you want the tan line of.
- Pin hair up and out of face.
- After desired time since application, wash off tan in luke warm bath. Leave water running on the full body until water runs clear. Using your hands, gently rub over body to remove any remnants of tan. For fast-acting tans it is especially important to remove all traces of tan to avoid over-tanning or “orange” colouring. Turning “orange” only happens when fast acting tan is left on for too long.
- Moisturize daily for a lasting tan (approximately 7 days).
By day 7 of tan, parts of the body would have shed skin naturally and these areas would be lighter or the natural colour of skin. To remove the spray tan safely, soak in a tub or let water run over the body for several minutes. Use a hand towel (not a loofah) and gently rub tan off. Doing this before the full 7 days will only remove partial of the tan. People with drier skin may have to wait longer than 7 days.