How do I prepare for my spray tan?
Shower and exfoliate before your tan appointment. Make sure you don’t have any lotion, deodorant, perfume, make up or oil on your skin. Wear loose, dark clothing and keep in mind you won’t be able to swim, shower or exercise for at least 8 hours after your appointment. Also, it is best to avoid any activities or places that will cause you to perspire.
Dry skin will not hold a tan for very long. Moisturize twice a day for at least a week prior to your tan appointment.
Oily skin tends to tan on the lighter side. Something to keep in mind if you’re trying to achieve a darker shade.
How does spray tanning work?
The spray tanning solution contains the active ingredient DHA, which is found in the majority of sunless tanning products. DHA is a sugar based product which reacts with amino acids in the uppermost layer of the skin and causes it to darken and appear tanned.
How long does a spray tan session take?
A full body tan can be applied in under 5 minutes. Depending on your desired result, our certified tech will determine if additional application is needed.
Is spray tanning safe?
A spray tan is completely safe. Our tanning solution is free of harsh chemicals and contains only water, aloe vera and DHA sugars, the ingredient which turns the skin brown and has been safely used in sunless tanning products for over 35 years.
What should I wear while getting spray tanned?
You may go nude, wear undergarments or swimwear, just keep in mind that whatever you wear will leave tan lines. We provide disposable undergarments for your convenience.
When will I start to see color?
There is a cosmetic bronzer in the solution so you will see color immediately. The bronzer will wash off with your first shower and your tan will continue to develop over the next 12-24 hours.
How long will my tan last?
When taken care of properly your tan will last 7-10 days. The most important thing is to keep your skin moisturized with a water based lotion. We recommend using South Seas Moorea Moisturizer for best results.
Will I look orange?
You will NOT look orange! We specialize in natural looking tans. Skin looking orange is a result of applying too much DHA, the active ingredient in most self-tanning products. Our trained tech will apply the right amount of color to achieve your desired look.
Do I still need to use SPF when I go in the sun?
Yes, you will need to use SPF because your spray tan does not have any sun protection. For best results, use South Seas SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen. It’s formulated to provide sun protection while not affecting the look of your spray tan and has a light, pretty scent!
Can I still get tan from the sun after I spray tan?
Absolutely. Just remember even though you have color, it’s not a base tan, so use a sunscreen formulated to work with your spray tan to protect your skin. We recommend South Seas Sun Screen.
Can pregnant women spray tan?
We have spray tanned many pregnant women, but we always recommend you check with your own doctor first.
A woman’s tan can be directly affected by her hormones. Considering her cycle, it can cause blotchiness or the color not to develop as dark as normally. It’s rare, but it happens.
Does spray tanning stain clothing?
The cosmetic bronzer in the tanning solution may occasionally rub off on clothes. The solution is a water-based product and can be easily washed out of clothing or bedding just like makeup. This will not occur after your first shower.
How do I maintain my tan?
Moisturize regularly with a water-based moisturizer. We recommend South Seas Moorea Moisturizer.
Avoid long hot baths and showers. Avoid oil-based skin products and cosmetics. We recommend South Seas Bikini Island body wash for bathing.
Pat (don’t rub) your skin dry with a towel after a bath or shower.
Avoid swimming pools, saunas/steam rooms, and perspiring, as much as possible.