What is A Spray Tan?
A spray tan is the application of dihydroxyacetone to the skin. "DHA, or Dihydroxyacetone (that’s a mouthful!), is a substance refined from beets and sugar cane into a fine, white powder. DHA is not a dye or a spray on paint; it is your skin’s natural reaction. Similarly to how you tan in the sun, DHA reacts with the amino acids in the top layer of your skin to cause a chemical reaction; this causes your skin to darken, or become tan, ."* The DHA reacts with the amino acids on your skin, and over the course of 24 hours.
Before Your Spray Tan
Please fill out the waiver from GlossGenius and read through the FAQ
, and your appointment details in order to best understand your spray tan. You can update the appointment time and date at anytime up to 24 hours of the scheduled appointment. Check your booking confirmation for a custom link to edit! If you need to change details of your appointment and cannot change them on GlossGenius, please dont hesitate to reach out to me via text, call, or email.
Mobile Spray Tans: Take a look around your home, and pick the spot that you would like to be sprayed in. The tent is 2ftx2ft and fits just about anywhere! I am able to spray in any room of your home, wherever you feel the most comfortable. My tent has lighting in it, so do not worry about finding a spot for that reason. Weather permitting we can even spray outdoors! The only thing I will need is access to an electrical plug.
Pre Appointment Information
Do not shower immediately before your spray tan. Shower, shave, and exfoliate the night before, or at least 6-8 hours before your appointment. Do not use lotion, perfume, or deodorant after this shower. You may use oil free lotion the night before the spray if your skin is very dry or in the winter months If you can avoid using razors that have large moisture strips/soap bars (Intuition) that is ideal. Do not use Dove body wash/bar soap before your spray.
What Should I Wear To My Spray Tan?
This is the time to channel your inner Adam Sandler! Dark, loose baggy clothing. You want to protect the spray and keep it covered as much as you can. Remember, you are sugar coated with solution and we need to protect that coating best we can until your rinse time. The best thing to wear is a long baggy shirt and long baggy sweatpants. (Raid your man's closet for best results) Do not wear sports bras, jeans, yoga pants, socks, leggings, tights, or other tight clothing. Do not sleep nude.
What About My Other Beauty Appointments?
Spray tans should be the last of the beauty services. Lashes should be done the day before, or day after airbrush tanning. Waxing/ Hair Removal / Manicures/ Pedicures/ Massages/ Facials should be done 2-3 days before tanning. If you have VERY dry skin, schedule manicures and pedicures 3+ days before your spray. Take extra care to remove all leftover lotions, oils, and products on skin before tan. If you are getting a manicure/pedicure close to your spray tan, please have them skip the lotion/oil massage and make sure you are able to give your skin time to dry completely before your appointment.
Directly After Your Spray
Do not get wet, use lotions, or perfumes. If you get water on yourself , try and tap the spot dry with a towel, or blend with a makeup brush. This should help blend the spot, but you may still see discoloration depending on how long the solution has been on your skin for. Try not to curl arms and legs up, skin on skin contact will cause darker patches to develop (Typically behind knees and in elbow crease)
First Shower Post Spray Tan
Take a soap free shower to remove the bronzer using your hands only. You don't want to use soap as this will cause the tan to stop developing. Make sure to rinse yourself until you see no more color going down the drain. Your tan is going to fully develop in the next 24 hours. You can now moisturize your skin with an oil free moisturizer.
"Developing Day" for your Spray Tan
This period after your soap free shower can have you questioning your tan's color, and that's totally normal! ALWAYS wait 24 hours from your appointment time to judge the final color of your spray tan. This period between your initial spray , and the final developed color is known as the development day. This is the time when your spray is reacting with your skin's amino acids to produce the tan. During this time period your color will not look its best, or it may have a slight red tint that day, but that's totally normal and will go away with time.
24 Hours Post Spray Tan
You may still see some bronzer residue on your skin before you take your soap shower, so I recommend taking a final shower with soap to remove any extra solution that may be left on the skin after about 24 hours. Make sure to use oil free body wash for the duration of your tan!
Tan safe, Kate approved products are available in the shop for ease, but if you're popping into any local store you can grab the following tan safe products.
Tan Safe: Hempz, CeraVe, Neutrogena (especially the Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid lotion), La Roche Posay, Cetaphil.
NOT Tan Safe: Dove, Olay, Vaseline, products with mineral oil
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