Spray Tanning FAQs


Questions about spray tanning? We have the answers.


Why get Spray Tanning?
Spray tanning delivers a natural looking tan without the use of harmful UV tanning beds. The process takes minutes as opposed to repeated sessions of lying in a tanning bed, or lying in the sun. Our highly effective formula is fast-acting and long-lasting. You will leave your session with an instant tan, and the results will continue to develop gradually over 8-10 hours. Try Spray Tanning before your next big event and all your friends will be asking, “Where did you get that great tan?” Besides the convenience, exposure to the sun & UV rays is dangerous!

What is the difference between spray tanning and using other sunless tanning products at home?
The difference is consistency in coverage.  Even with the most careful application, you simply cannot duplicate the even consistency of a spray tan by applying a lotion by yourself.  It’s also a lot faster.

What is the advantage of Spray Tanning over UV tanning?
Spray tanning is an alternative form of tanning that is much safer than UV tanning. The FDA has recently classified tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas! Not only is Spray tanning safe, it also spares the skin from the excessive aging of the skin that UV tanning can cause.

Is it really safe?
YES! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless or self-tanning products that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. 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 drugs 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.

Is spray tanning safe for pregnant and nursing women?
The concern some doctors have is over whether or not the active ingredient (DHA) is able to enter the blood stream; the indications are that it cannot. DHA only penetrates the outermost layer (epidermis) of the skin. However, if the client is still concerned they should consult their physician first. FYI: DHA has been used as a cosmetic ingredient in the United States since 1960 and no problems have ever been reported concerning DHA penetrating the skin, or causing problems during pregnancy. As an extra precaution, we offer nose filters to all clients, so that way they can be sure that they don’t inhale any of the product.

How should I prepare for tanning beforehand?
Please shave with soap or conditioner (NO Shaving creams or gels as they can leave a residue and block pores for up to two day and can affect the tan).  Wash with a wash cloth and soap in a rubbing motion to get rid of all loose dead skin cells.  There is no need to use harsh products like loofahs or abrasive exfoliates as they can damage skin. After shower and before tanning, please do not wear make-up, moisturizer, lotion, perfume or deodorant to the salon.  Because our solution is all natural and is sprayed onto the skin, stimulating your pigment to tan, clean, open pores will give the best results.
Finally, please wear loose-fitting clothing (T-shirt, shorts or sweatpants) to the salon.  You will feel like you have a good moisturizer on for about an hour.  Wearing tight-fitting clothing home may be uncomfortable.

Should I shave before spray tanning?
Yes, but please do not use shaving creams or gels as they can leave residue on your legs for up to 2 days and affect the tan.  We recommend that you use soap or conditioner when shaving.

What should I wear for tanning?
Attire is whatever you are comfortable with.  Some women choose to wear a bathing suit or bikini, while others prefer to be sprayed in the nude.  The key is your comfort level.  Attire for men is boxers, swim trunks or shorts.  Loose fitting, dark clothing should be worn for leaving the facility.  We have found that the tanning solution may react with wool, and silk so these fabrics should not be worn during or immediately following your tanning session.

How long will tanning take?
Approximately five to six minutes to be sprayed and five minutes to dry.

When will I see results?
Immediately!  But remember that your tan is still processing for the next six to eight hours.

How long will tanning last?
The average client keeps the tan for about a week.  Moisturizing is highly recommended and will prolong the life of the tan.

Will Airbrush tanning stain my clothes and sheets?
The color guide will wash off your skin after your first post-tan shower. But until then, the color application guide will rub off on fabric. If the color rubs off, it will simply wash out of most fabrics. If you go to bed without showering the day of your airbrush tanning session, the color guide will rub off on your sheets. It will not affect your tan, however. We recommend using darker sheets if you are not going to shower before bed the day of your session.

What about after tanning? Is there anything special I have to do?
Wait 6 to 8 hours before showering.  Avoid excess sweating and water until then.  Remember to moisturize daily and enjoy your healthy tan!

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AllenMay Salon proudly uses Norvell Sunless Spray Tanning products.