The Secrets Of A Perfect Spray Tan

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Many of us covet the perfect golden glow to add a healthy radiance to our skin. Be it for a big event or just everyday wear. Cheating your way to a tan is much quicker, safer and cheaper than jetting off to the Maldives to get the real deal. Follow the examples of our numerous celebrity clients and get your glow the fake way. A spray tan with one of our tanning professionals in the comfort of your own home! Let Secret Spa guide you through the secrets of the spray tanning world…

How does a spray tan work?

The spray tanning liquid contains an ingredient called DHA (Dihydroxyacetone). This compound reacts with amino acids in your skin and oxygen in the air, leaving your skin a darker shade. This reaction happens differently depending on your skin tone. Our therapists will have a range of colours to suit every client.

Is spray tanning safe?

Spray tanning is the easiest way to achieve a healthy, bronzed glow without the risks that come with sun exposure. It eliminates the risk involved with UVB rays and sunbeds, and is completely safe. Please remember that the tanning product does not contain an SPF, so will not protect you from the sun.

How do I prepare for my spray tan?

Exfoliate your entire body before a spray tan using an exfoliating glove and a gentle sugar exfoliator. This will aid your tan by giving it an even surface to stick to. Exfoliating also reduces the amount of dead skin cells which can shed and make your tan look patchy.

What should I wear to be spray tanned?

Most people wear as little as possible to avoid those pesky, tell-tale tan lines on your body.  Our therapists will provide a disposable thong for you to wear but wear your own if you prefer. If you do wear your own clothing be sure to wear dark colours so the tan doesn’t stain. Many will wear a black thong and go topless for an even tan, but if you feel more comfortable in a bikini, this is also standard practise.

Will the spray tan stain my house/furniture?

Your spray tanning professional will bring a spray tanning tent with them. This will entirely protect your house from being stained by tan.

What does the process involve?

Your therapist will set up their tanning equipment in a convenient location in your home. You will the be asked to undress into what you want to wear during the tan. They will provide you with plastic stickers, known as sticky feet, to protect the soles of your feet. They will apply barrier cream to areas which often tan unevenly, such as elbows, nails and ankles.

Once you are prepared   ask you to stand in the spray tanning tent and show you body poses which allow for the most even tan. They will work through each body part in turn. Be prepared for the spray to be a little cold. When tanning your face, they will ask you to hold your breath and close your eyes.

Once your whole body has colour on it, the therapist will allow you some time to stand and dry, so as not to disrupt the tan too early by getting dressed. Making sure the tan is 100% dry after a spray will decrease the risk of patching and uneven colour.  Don’t be alarmed if the colour is darker than you want at this stage. It is just because of the guide colour in the tan solution which helps a therapist ensure the colour is even.

What should I wear after the spray tan?

As little as possible! Try to wear dark coloured, floaty clothing and avoid anything tight which could leave rub marks on your fresh tan. Wear flipflops to avoid rubbing the tan off your feet.

What do I need to do after a spray tan?

The tanning development process usually takes place over a period of about 8 hours, dependent on the type of tanning formula used. Therefore avoid showering for at least this time. It is best to sleep in your tan if possible. Wash your body in the morning and do not worry if you see a lot of colour going down the drain. This is because you are washing off the spray tan’s guide colour, your skin underneath will still be left beautifully tanned. After showering, use a light moisturiser all over your body. Avoid body oils which can actually speed up the breakdown of your tan.

How long will my spray tan last?

This depends on the tanning formula used. However, in general, spray tans last around 7-10 days with good tan maintenance. This length may be altered depending on how often you shower and go in the pool.

How can I prolong my tan?

Moisturising after every shower is essential to retain hydration in your skin and keep your tan looking healthy. Avoid using harsh products in the shower such as alcohol-filled body washes. After showers, try to dab yourself dry rather than rubbing with a towel. Exfoliating frequently is vital to remove dead skin cells from the upper surface of your skin to allow your tan to fade evenly. Try to exfoliate gently about 3 days after your spray tan to allow it to look better for longer as it starts to fade. If your tan is looking a little pale you can also top it up with a quick and easy gradual tanning lotion, such as Fake Bake’s Self Tan Lotion which can see you through until your next professional spray tan.

What services do Secret Spa provide?

Secret Spa offers a luxury and hassle-free spray tanning service in your own home and the full process takes 30 minutes in total. We have a choice of different brands on our menu including the Express Spray Tan, meaning you can go from pasty to golden and glowing in just 180 minutes! If you’re unsure which brand to go for, you can select the ‘Spray Tan’ option and your professional will carry out a full consultation to determine which solution is best for you. Many of our trained professionals are part of the Fake Bake, Sienna X and Vita Liberata Elite teams.  This means they are experts of the spray tanning world, and can provide you with a bespoke service tailored to your needs.

To book in for the perfect spray tan in the comfort of your home book an appointment using our app or website.