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Spray Tan FAQ's

Q. What is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone)?  

A. DHA is an acronym for Dihydroxyacetone.

DHA is an ingredient derived from sugar cane and beets, which reacts with the amino acids in the skin to create the darkening reaction or tan.



PREP 24-48 HOURS BEFORE SESSION (for best results 48 hours)

  1. Exfoliate Exfoliate Exfoliate .......your skin. I cannot overstress the importance of pre-session

    exfoliation to clear away any dry, dead skin cells. For best results use a PH Balancing exfoliant

    like Norvell Sea Coral Salt Scrub or Norvell body scrub. Sold in salon only.

  2. Avoid using bar soaps, high ph. shower products or in shower moisturizers. These products can

    neutralize the DHA bronzing reaction within the skin.

  3. Any waxing or shaving should be completed 24 hours prior to session 




  • Check the weather! If it could or is going to rain or snow the day you plan on coming in, it is recommended that you bring an umbrella and/or wear protective clothing - such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a sweatshirt.

  • Don’t create Sunless barriers. You don’t want to apply anything to the skin that may act as a barrier between the sunless solution and the skin. Deep penetration is the key to beautiful lasting color. Do not apply lotions, creams or perfumes prior to session. Use deodorant if needed sparingly, if can go without.

  • Remove any make up prior to sunless application.

  • Wear loose fitting dark clothing and remove jewelry. Tight clothing can rub or smear bronzers, especially around the knees, elbows, waist and chest (bra) area.


  1. Avoid water and sweating for at least 4 hours (for minimum results). The FULL darkness of the

    color chosen will take 24 hours to produce. Waiting as close to those 24 hours as possible is best but not required. Clients waiting 8-12 hours is good, 12-16 hours is better and 16–24 hours is best. If you feel this is too long to wait  we do have an upgraded service where you can shower in as little as 1-3 hours and still get the best results for your color. *The 1-3 hour solution is not available in mystic booth only when choosing the airbrush service*

  2. When your chosen time is up you are going to do a warm water rinse ONLY! NO PRODUCTS USED DURING YOUR RINSE. Just let your skin air dry or pat with a towel, (no rubbing your skin with the towel). Your color will fully appear 24 hours from your spray time.

  3. After the 24 hour you may take a “normal” airbursh shower. -Normal Airbrush Shower:

    • use mild products, apply soap in hand not on washcloth or sponge and no direct bar soap to skin.

    • no exfoliation scrubs or sponges as they will take your tan away

    • use warm water not to hot as it will dry out your skin

    • pat or air dry no rubbing.

    • You may shave and shampoo

    • make sure to use a moisturizer after each shower to help extend your tan. Norvell prolong lotion is recommended as it deposits some color with each use and extends your tan while moisturizing.


Your Spray Tan should not be in any way restricting just follow these tips to keep your tan at its best.

Your tan is on the top layers of your skin so if you use a hot tub or chlorinated pool which will dry out your skin make sure to rinse off chemicals after and apply a moisturizer if you don’t your tan is likely to fade faster due to dry skin. 

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