Assuming you have done the proper pre-work and after care (listed below), your tan can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days. I have even had some last for 15 days. It all depends on your lifestyle, the type of clothes you wear, the amount of times you shower/shave. Spray tan solutions react with the outer most layer of the skin. We naturally shed about 25% of that each week. If you moisturize a lot, drink plenty of water, and reduce exfoliant type activities (explained below) after your tan, then it will last much longer.
If possible, avoid showering every day. I realize that is not possible for everyone but if you can, it will help your tan last longer. Put lotion on when you get out of the shower. This is the best time because your pores are open and the lotion will penetrate your skin with much less effort and it will do the most good.
The after care of your spray tan can be as important as your prep work when it comes to making your tan last longer and helping it to fade evenly.
The initial bronzer that rinses off with the first shower can rub off onto tight clothing or on bed sheets. Don't fear, it does wash out but you can use dark clothing or sheets as a precaution until after your first rinse. This can typically happens if you are sweating. Furniture is not easily washable so I definitely recommend you lay a towel or blanket down to sit on until after that initial shower. Even after that, if you have light colored furniture and you are sweating, you will be shedding skin cells that contain the self tanner so you will want to take precautions to protect your furniture if your skin is touching the furniture. Solutions will wash out of furniture as well but it's not very convenient to do so it's better to avoid getting it on there.
NO. I use a portable tanning booth, or "pop-up" tent, to perform the entire spray tan session. There is very minimal overspray from our spray guns, but any spray particles will stay in the booth or be caught and filtered into our extraction fan placed at the back of the tent. There will be no mess at your location at all. I only need a very small space and access to electricity. In warmer weather, we can even do it outdoors if you prefer. this can sometimes be nice if you are having a tanning party.
Yes, distinguished national and international health organizations and consumer reports have deemed sunless tanners and spray tanning as a "safe alternative to UV tanning and sun-bathing".
DHA (Dihydroxyacetone), the active ingredient in sunless solutions, has been on the FDA approved cosmetic list since the 1970's. Be sure to inform your spray tan artist if you have any allergies, even allergies that you do not think might matter. Solutions may contain a natural ingredient that may cause issues. For example, if you are allergic to nuts, many solutions contain nut oils or extractions. Also let your technician know if you have ever had any skin sensitivities to cosmetics or anything else.
The concern some doctors have is over whether or not the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA), is able to enter the blood stream; the indications are that it cannot. DHA only penetrates the outermost layer of the skin and is not known to have any detrimental effects to an expectant mother or fetus. However, it is recommend that pregnant and diabetic clients consult their physician before receiving a spray tan. Nursing mothers should cover their breasts during the spray tan application.
While the negative effects of the sun and UV tanning beds are becoming more widely known, people are switching to safer tanning alternatives. One of the most popular alternatives has become the sunless tan. Once only available to celebrities, custom spray tanning is now widely available and affordable. Because of its extremely natural appearance and easy application process, airbrush tanning can not only save you time and money, but can save your skin as well.