THE GLOW MANUAL
HOW CAN I GET READY FOR MY TAN?
HYDRATE + MOISTURIZE
Leading up to your appointment you want your skin to be as hydrated as possible. Drink lots of water and apply lotion liberally day and evening.
SHOWER & EXFOLIATE
Shower and exfoliate your face and body. Ideally, this should be done a minimum of 6 hours before your spray tan. We suggest using a glove or a dry brush. If you do lotion after your exfoliation, make sure you rinse off any products before your appointment. You will need to have your skin, clean and dry before your spray tan.
AVOID OIL BASED LOTIONS
It is best to not use oil-based exfoliates or lotions prior as they can block the tanning process, leaving a residue between your skin and the tanning solution.
SHAVE IN ADVANCE
For best results, please wax or shave at least one day before your spray tanning session. Avoid any razors with a moisture stick as it can leave a residue/film.
WEAR DARK CLOTHES
Wear dark loose fitting clothing after the session if possible. Wearing tight clothes after a spray tan is like putting a glove on after a fresh wet manicure - you just don't do it.
HOW CAN I CARE FOR MY TAN?
AVOID SWEATING + CONTACT
After your spray tan avoid any activity that would result in sweating. Do not rest your fingertips on your face or body, and limit skin-to-skin physical contact with others to avoid colour transfer.
Do not shower for the amount of time your tech vocalized. During this time scrub your palms only when washing your hands. When your time is up to shower, your first rinse can only be with lukewarm water. Do not wash your hair or use any products for your initial rinse. If you feel like you are streaky or still have a “tan smell” hop back into the shower and use a spray tan approved soap to wash off the left over bronzer.
PAT SKIN DRY
Pat your skin dry after showering and avoid any excessive rubbing with your towel.
HYDRATE + PROTECT
Stay hydrated. Moisturize 2-3x/day with a lotion that is free of mineral oil, parabens, and sulfates. Do not over shower. Use a tan extender to help prolong your tan. Spray Tan approved SPF that can lock in you tan and keep you safe from the suns harsh rays.
HOW LONG DOES A TAN LAST?
Your tan can last between 7-12 days, depending on how often you maintain your skin care such as moisturizing. Ask us about our face and body lotion extenders for purchase at your appointment. These extenders will help you extend your tan past 10 days.
WHAT IS THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT?
DHA is approved by the food and drug administration for use in sunless tanning products. DHA (dihydroxy acetone) is derived from sugar; synthesizes with the skins proteins, including amino acids in the outermost layer of the skin. The organic spray tan works with your natural pigments; in the epidermis (top layer) of the skin to produce a safe, natural tan.
WHY DIDN'T I GET AS DARK AS MY LAST SESSION?
Due to the ever-changing chemistry of the body, there are times of the month that the body may be less receptive to DHA. Some people can even be DHA resistant. If a client perspires excessively during development time, this may dilute the solution and thus will not allow the DHA to absorb into the skin properly. Lastly, if the skin has residual oil or moisturizer on it, this will block the DHA and prevent the skin from reacting and changing colours. (Ask us about the pH balancing option. It will go to work to get rid of the skins daily body oils perfumes and hidden dry skin, resulting in a perfect tan).
IS IT SAFE FOR PREGNANCY + NURSING?
This non-toxic chemical reacts with the outermost layer of your skin to give it that gorgeous tan you know and love. It is deemed safe during pregnancy + nursing however we do highly recommend to talk to your doctor prior to your appointment.
Skin can become more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing due to an increase in hormones and can cause a faster fade. In some cases the belly and other area's can not take the tan completely.
Nursing mama's we can avoid the breast area or give you a rapid tan so you can rinse off faster.
CAN I STILL BURN WITH A SPRAY TAN?
YES, spray tans do not contain any SPF. Please wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Avoid aerosol sunscreen due to the high alcohol content.
I HAVE A SUNBURN, CAN I SPRAY TAN?
No. Absolutely not! We say this with kindness but if you have been burnt within the last 30 days you will peel and it will be an awful experience. We will not spray tan any burns, and will request a rebooking fee if you do come in with a burn.
CAN I SWIM OR SOAK IN A POOL/TUB?
Yes, but keep in mind it will accelerate the fading of your tan. To help combat premature fading, use waterproof sunscreen as your protective barrier. Take short swims. Once you get out of the water if you have access to a fresh water shower rinse off any chlorine or salt water that is left on your skin. After you're done with water activities for the day apply your tan extender to deposit color back that may have faded during your water activities.
WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I AVOID?
We have spray tan approved products in studio to make this easy for you, however if you want to find your own you will want to avoid:
Bar soaps, products with Sodium Laureyl Sulfate (SLS) and mineral oil as well as petroleum based product. Will all contribute to your tan fading more rapidly. Avoid long hot baths, and exposure to cholrinated water. Any skin care products with Alpha Hydroxy, Glycolic or Salicylic Acid, Retin-A and Retinol will fade your tan more quickly as well.
I HAVE A SPECIAL EVENT DO I NEED A TRIAL TAN?
Yes! A spray tan is the base of your entire overall look. Book your trial a minimum of 4 weeks prior to your event to ensure we have the correct colour combination for your event/shoot/wedding etc.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY APPOINTMENT?
We recommend 2 days before your event to get the most out of you glow. It does take 12-24 hours for your colour to fully develop so you may not see your final colour if you event is the next day.
HOW DOES MOBILE WORK?
Our mobile services enable you to stay in the comfort of your own home, have a group party/event and or a service in a hotel/venue.
We offer Spray Tans and Teeth Whitening. We can do up to groups of 10 people. We are equipped with two tents and three whitening lights.
For your spray appointment:
· Show us to a room of your choice. It can be any room – some people choose a bathroom or the kitchen.
· There should be a clearing of approximately 4’ x 4’ where the pop up tent can be set up. The tent is about 7’ tall and is a similar shape to a large wide telephone booth.
· During setup, you can change into your tanning outfit/ robe.
For Teeth Whitening, we just need a comfy chair and an outlet that is close to a table.
CAN I HOST A PARTY?
ABSOLUTELY! We love teeth and tan parties!
It can just be you and your bff OR larger groups up to 10. Book 5 of your best friends PLUS you and you tan FREE! We will also provide complimentary wine or champagne, and a light snack when it's 6 or more.
We are equipped with two tents and three whitening lights for convenience.