Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably know that “looking tan” is the hottest accessory you can own right now.

And for good reason, just about everyone looks a lot better when then have a little color. And because we now know that baking in the sun all day is really bad for our skin, tons of people are turning to spray tanning to get that beautiful bronze glow.

But what exactly is spray tanning?   How does it work?   And where do I get it done?

I’m glad you asked… let’s go over each one of those right now!

Spray tanning is a form of sunless tanning where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body.

This mist has an ingredient in it called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA- it has been approved by the FDA) that interacts with your own skin’s chemistry to turn it tan, or bronze. This temporary effect generally lasts from 7-10 days and is completely safe for your skin (although it doesn’t provide any protection against the sun’s rays).

The results you can get from tanning sprays are generally very good.  Many celebrities and models prefer spray tanning to just about anything else to get the color they want.

A spray tan can be administered with a airbrush or airgun as they’re called. These look similar to a paint gun that painters use on your house! They tend to be smaller and more mobile (obviously) than a booth.

All forms of spray tanning use the exact same active ingredient, DHA.  But that doesn’t mean you’ll get the same results with any old product that has DHA in it (believe me)!

If you’re reading this far you’ve probably decided to go ahead and give spray tanning a chance!

Good for you!

Here’s a few tips you should follow to ensure that you get an even, beautiful tan.

1.  Make sure you shave or wax before your appointment.

A lot of people say to do it a day or two before (so your pores close) but that only applies if the solution is dark or has a bronzer in it.  If it’s a clear solution, you can shave or wax the day of.

2.  Be sure to exfoliate your skin the day before your appointment.

It’s important to slough off as much dead and dry skin as possible before applying any tanning spray.  You’ll get a better result!

3.  Try to remove moisturizers, makeup and deodorant before you spray tan.

These products contain ingredients like oils that can make it hard for the main ingredient in self tanning spray to bind to your skin. This could cause your spray tan to look streaky and blotchy.  You don’t want that!

4.  Right before application, put a little barrier cream (Vaseline or moisturizer) on your knees, ankles, elbows, toe nails, fingernails and palms.  Wear a shower cap.  Put some lip balm on your lips. We provide "sticky feet" and nose plugs to protect the soles of the feet and the mucous membrane.

These are areas that can get a little darker, or weirder than the rest of your skin.  You’ll have to experiment with this, but protecting these areas from absorbing too much DHA is generally a good idea.  You could also wipe those areas down a bit right after the spray is applied.

5.  Try to keep the spray tan solution on overnight and don’t put on any moisturizer until the next day.

That means no showering, using soap, or any moisturizer for at least 8 hours.  You could shrink that time down a little, but you won’t get the best results if you do.  The color starts to develop within an hour or two and really kicks in within 3-5 hours.

And there you have it...Spray Tan 101. Give us a call and set up your appointment today. And remember, we are a mobile service so we will come to you at your convenience! Happy Tanning