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Sunless Tanning

Q. How long will my sunless tan last?

It usually lasts between 7 to 10 days. Exfoliating beforehand extends the life of the tan while exfoliating afterwards reduces it. It is also very important to moisturize daily. This will increase the life of your tan as well as ensure that it fades evenly.

Q: How does the Mystic Tan booth differ from airbrush tanning?

An airbrush spray tan is carefully applied by an airbrush technician and is customized. It can be entirely customized from the darkness of the solution to how many shades are applied. An average total time of airbrush session takes about 20-25 minutes.

The Mystic Tan is a mechanized booth which sprays you. With the booth you can choose from levels 1, 2 or 3 with 1 being the lightest level. The whole process typically takes about 5 minutes.

Q. What is the difference between being airbrushed and using self-tanning lotion at home?

Imagine the difference between finger painting your car and using an airbrush to paint it. Even with the greatest care, or help from a friend to get body parts you cannot reach, you can’t duplicate the even consistency and natural look of an airbrushed tan.

Q. Do I need an appointment for sunless tanning?

You don’t need an appointment for the Mystic Tan booth. However, you do need an appointment for custom airbrush tanning.

Q. Can I use sunless tanning in conjunction with UV tanning?

Yes, you may. Many people find that UV tanning before sunless tanning allows them to achieve a darker overall tan. If you do both during the same visit, we recommend that you use the UV bed first without any lotions followed by a spray tan.

Q. Can pregnant or nursing mothers get a sunless tan?

The concern some doctors have is over whether or not the active ingredient (DHA) is able to enter the blood stream; the indications are that it cannot. DHA only penetrates the outermost of the skin. However, if the client is still concerned they should consult their physician first.

Q. Is Airbrush Spray Tanning safe?

YES! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless or self-tanning products that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years and was listed with the FDA in 1973. It is declared safe and suitable for use in cosmetics and drugs used to color the skin. DHA is derived from glycerin (vegetable origin), which is a commonly used cosmetic and food ingredient. DHA is not absorbed into the body and poses no possibility of toxicity.

Effective January 1, 2012, the minimum age for UV-light tanning in California will increase to 18. There is no age limit on UV-free spray tanning.
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