Salon Spray on Tans

Best Spray on Tans - How to Get the Most Out Them.......

It seems that everyone uses spray on tans these days.

It used to be something only reserved for celebrities....like Kelly Ripa, Britney Spears, and Jenifer Lopez…..just to name a few! 

In fact, it's been rumored that Fake Bake a fairly inexpensive spray on tan is used by many of the celebrities listed above....Click here - spray on tan products to learn more. 

Professional "spray on tans" can give you the sun-kissed look without the harmful UV radiation, risk of burning, or skin aging.

However, proper preparation is important for great results that are long lasting. 

One of the best sunless tanner product found in many salons is called the Mystic Spray on Tan and it can last up to ten days when applied professionally, and to well-prepared skin. 

Salon products work pretty much the same way as the home kits……by coating your skin with DHA (dihydroxyacetone), an amino acid that causes your skin cells to brown, and fades naturally as those cells slough off. 

You can get the most out of your sunless tan by preparing your skin before you go to the tanning salon. 

Find the Best Tanning Specialist

Not all experts are the same, and finding a tanning specialist can be just as personal as finding a hair stylist. Don't be afraid to interview your tanning specialist the same way you'dinterview your hair stylist. 

  • Visit the salon and ask for a tour of the equipment and an overview of how the specialists apply the tanning solution. See if other clients are treated and whether they seem to be happy.
  • Ask if the tanning specialists have received formal training in spray on tans.
  • Ask the salon which brand of tanning solution they use. Doing research, reading reviews, and seeing results on other people will go a long way towards helping you determine if that salon is using the right product for you. If the product has a range of colors, work with your specialist to find the right color for your features.
  • Request a patch test on your skin. Even the best sunless tanner won't be a good investment if you have a reaction.

Bring your Tanning
Specialist the Best Skin

Spray on tans will only last as long as the top cell layers do. When you're preparing for your tan, you want to bring the best, newest skin possible in order to keep your tan as long as it'll last. 

  • Exfoliate before you go. Exfoliating will slough off the about-to-die cells and expose fresher, healthier skin cells to the tanning solution.
  • Moisturize after your session. Supple, moist skin holds the tanning solution best, and the moisturizer keeps your skin cells healthier, longer…but don't moisturize before unless the salon says it's ok.
  • Go clean. The tanning solution needs to be applied directly to your skin, so that means no make-up. Any make-up you wear will get between your skin and the tanning solution, and your tan won't take in those spots.
  • Dress for tanning success. Tanning solution sticks to your skin, but that also means it can rub off on your clothing in places. Wear or bring something loose-fitting for after you tan.
  • Follow the directions. Your tanning specialist should give you information on how to care for your tan and make it last.


Spray on tans need time to activate, so you may not be able to shower, bathe, or swim right away. Follow your salon's guidelines for before and after your session. You'll have the best sunless tanner experience, and enjoy a long-lasting, bronzed body! 

The Dark Side of Bronze

DHA has been determined to be safe to use by the FDA, but the bottom line is that spray on sun tan that uses DHA is still a chemical applied to your skin. 

Be sure to do a patch test on a small area of your skin to ensure you don't experience any skin reactions. Spray tanning atomizes tanning solution, and the mist can irritate your nose, throat, lungs, and your eyes. Tan safely!

Additional Reading

Spray on Sun Tan Home Kits - See what celebrities like Madonna and Kelly Ripa are reportedly using for sunless tanning. 



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