Spray tanning frequently asked questions, all taken from my published book: Walking in Sunshine, a guide to airbrush and HVLP Spray Tanning.
Q: Is the spray tanning solution safe?
A: Yes, all of the components is spray tanning solution are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have been used in food and cosmetics for over 30 years.
By Law, all spray tan solutions should have the ingredients listed on the bottle, the technician should then be able to check the list of ingredients of the chosen spray tanning solution- if the client states they have allergies or sensitive skin. If the client has sensitive skin or allergies to any of those products used in the chosen tanning solution, their skin may also react when applied.
Q: I am on antibiotics; will this affect my spray tan?
A: It may do, as some medications can cause a different skin colour reaction to spray tanning.
Q: How brown will I go with a spray tan?
A: Everybody’s skin is different, and so each person develops their own colour – the tan tone percentage chosen for the spray tan plays a part too. Some clients go a dark brown while others may get a much subtler colour. Regular sessions can help the skin to acclimatise to receiving tanning solution, and over a fairly short space of time a darker colour can be achieved.
Q: Why did my last spray tan come out differently to the previous one, even though it was performed in the same salon using the same solution?
A: If all other elements of application were the same, it’s likely that your skin is behind the difference. The reality is that skin condition varies depending on the weather, your menstrual cycle, diet, stress, and of course any medication you may be taking.
The exception to rule is when the solution has passed its shelf life or wasn’t stored properly, causing the DHA to deteriorate. To be able to answer this question honestly and helpfully, always use in-date products and always take care of them.
Q: Is it ok to have a spray tan when you’re less than 18 years old?
A: Yes it is. However, I recommend the signature and presence of the parent or guardian for those under the age of 18.
Recommending that they are clothed in their full underwear unless the parent is present is just a precaution to protect you, the technician.
Q: Does all spray tanning solution smell badly, like most self-tanning lotions you can buy in the shops?
A: It varies from product to product, so some will, but others have a very pleasant smell. Your best bet is to ask for a particular “flavour” – cherry, coconut and chocolate are just a few of the scents available. Either way, the smell will disappear when you take your first shower.
Q: I am a diabetic, is spray tanning OK for me?
A: DHA is a chemical derived from glycerine and was first used in the treatment of diabetics, as some diabetics are better able to tolerate DHA than glucose in their treatment! So basically, yes you can have a spray tan.
This decision is down to the technician to decide if they feel the spray tan should be applied to a diabetic. Any doubts, ask for a letter from their GP.
These are just a handful of the helpful hints and tips from the hundreds listed, throughout my published book, “Walking in sunshine”, which is supplied to Universities and Colleges across the UK.