5 - 10 DAYS
Basic: 8-12 hours
Hollywood: 2 hours
The first step in understanding how to get the most out of your tan is understanding how the product works. The darkening of your skin is due to a naturally-derived ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA for short) and is only temporary because, unlike UV rays from a natural sun tan, spray tanning only affects the topmost layer of your skin.
It is okay to shave the morning of your spray tan, but only if the service is still a few hours away, and if you have time to exfoliate your skin afterwards. By exfoliating properly you can extend the life of your tan and ensure even color distribution. Shaving opens up the pores in your skin and the shaving cream leaves a residue on your skin, both of which can negatively impact a tan’s life expectancy and performance. If you absolutely must shave right before your tan, do so with lukewarm water, a brand new razor, and an oil-free shaving cream; the results can still be impacted but they’ll be better than the alternative!
Avoid PH Balancing Sprays, prep sprays, and barrier creams. Anything that is sprayed or applied to your skin prior to your spray tan service is going to negatively impact your tan by creating a barrier between you and the solution.
The most important thing to remember is DON’T wash it off too early, before the DHA has had a chance to work. This will result in the loss of your tan (or at least most of it). Most “traditional” spray tan solutions require a full 8-12 hours to develop.
After your tan, use products with fewer ingredients to less likely negatively affect your tan. Moisturize in the days leading up to your spray tan and the days after to maintain the glow. Also minimize exposure to chlorine, ocean water and excessive sweating Avoiding these things will help your tan last longer but these things are often unavoidable. Just make sure to rinse well after and moisturize to reduce the effects on your skin and tan.
We chose Aviva as our preferred brand of spray tan because it’s oil free, alcohol free, fragrance free, and contains no aloe vera (meaning you won’t leave feeling sticky!) It also has proper bronzer to DHA ratio, no unnecessary ingredients, & is hypoallergenic, eco-certified, and available in a variety of colors. We also have a “Hollywood” spray tan which is fast acting and people are able to shower just an hour after the application.
BASIC: $45 (8+ hour setting time)
HOLLYWOOD: $55 (2 hour setting time)