Knowledge is Power

How do sunless tanners work?

  • FIRST AND FOREMOST: Your spray tan DOES NOT PROTECT YOU from the sun. Wear your SPF broad spectrum sunscreen when you go outside to protect you from the harmful UV rays of the sun. 
  • Dihydroxyacetone or DHA, also known as glycerone, is a simple carbohydrate.  It is typically derived from sugar beets and sugar cane and sometimes from apples.  It is the main ingredient in all sunless tanners and is non-toxic and is responsible for the skin browning effect.  DHA reacts chemically with the amino acids in the skin, Various amino acids react differently to DHA, producing different tones of coloration from yellow to brown. DHA is approved by the FDA for safe topical use and only effects the upper most layer of the skin called the  Stratum Corneum.

Will I turn Orange or smell funny?

  • People in the past experienced an "orange" color from many over the counter self tanners and if a solution has too high of a DHA level for your skin tone. The benefit of a custom spray tan is that I can help you pick the right solution for your skin tone so that you look naturally tan.  It is also important to follow the prep and after care instructions for the best results.
  • The high quality professional solutions that I use have no to very little processing smell. Some solutions have a very nice naturally derived fragrance added to them but none that I use have that overwhelming strange fake tan developing smell that you get with cheaper brands or over the counter brands of sunless tanners.

How long will my tan last?

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. 

How do I prepare for my Spray Tan?


  • Drink plenty of fluids and moisturize so your skin is well hydrated from the inside out to start with.
  • Your skin should be as clean and soft as possible.
  • The day of your tan, DO NOT apply any lotion, oil, or make-up, and use deodorant sparingly, as they all will inhibit the DHA from absorbing into the skin.
  • Exfoliate skin thoroughly 24-48 hours before your Sunless Tan with an exfoliating mitt, washcloth, or an exfoliating body scrub.
  • DO NOT use any oil based products, Dove brand soaps, harsh bar soaps, prescription anti-acne or anti-wrinkle medication or face wash with in 24 hours of your Sunless Tan.
  • Be sure to shave or wax prior to your Sunless Tan. Shaving should be done at least 24 hours prior and waxing should preferably be done at least 24 to 48 hours before your Sunless Tan.
  • Schedule manicures, pedicures and massages prior to your Sunless Tan to avoid exfoliation and fading of your sunless color.
  • The above preparations will help ensure a more even, longer lasting tan with beautiful, natural looking results.

What should I wear for my Spray Tan

  • During your Sunless Tan, ladies may wear a dark bathing suit, underwear, thong, or whatever you feel comfortable wearing (or not wearing) which will give you the most bare skin for your Sunless Tan. Men may wear shorts, boxers, underwear, thong, or bathing suit. **Men may not tan in the nude.
  • I do have pasties and disposable undergarments if needed but most people prefer their own.
  • Avoid light colored clothing to prevent possible staining. Solution does wash out but it is just a precaution. After tan, before first shower, wear dark, loose clothing. Do not wear tight under garments, socks, shoes, or other clothing that may rub off the Sunless solution.
  • Even after your first shower, tight clothing can act as an exfoliant and reduce the length of time your tan lasts, or can help it to fade unevenly.

After care of my spray tan.

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.


  • DO NOT plan any activities that will cause you to get wet, sweat, or cause your clothing to rub against your skin for at least 8 hours. unless you received a rapid tan solution that you rinse off in 1 to 4 hours. Even then, tight clothes such as jeans will act as an exfoliator and make your tan wear off faster.
  • DO NOT bathe until your processing time is up (1 to 8 hrs - technician will tell you) and do not swim for 24 hours after your Sunless Tan. Just a quick rinse with warm water for your first shower using no soap is required. You will see brown in the water for your first rinse, this is only the temporary bronzer that is in the solution so I can see where I am spraying and so you can walk away with an instant tan. Actual tan development occurs over an 8 to 24 hour period. 
  • After 24 hours, use only a mild body wash, which is specifically designed not to strip away sunless color.
  • DO NOT use oil based products, Dove brand soaps, harsh bar soaps, exfoliating scrubs, prescription anti-acne or anti-wrinkle medication or face wash after your Sunless Tan unless you are preparing for your next tan by exfoliating off the old tan.
  • DO NOT apply lotion for the first 24hrs and make sure that when you do, it contains no mineral oil.
  • After first shower, apply only a high quality lotion (no mineral oil or fruit acids) at least twice daily. 

More Questions - What else can I expect?

Will the solution come off on my clothes, furniture, or bedsheets?

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.

Will the spray tan make a mess in my home?

 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.

How long does it take?


  • A first time single custom spray tanning session includes the set up and break down of my equipment, the spraying process, and educating the client on proper care, typically takes a total of 30-45 minutes. 
  • For multiple tanners, estimate an additional 15-20 minutes for each person. 
  • If you are a regular, it can be much faster since you will not need the consultation time. The actual spray tan part of it only takes a maximum of about 10 minutes or less. The rest is preparation and tear down.

Is spray tanning safe?

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.

Can I spray tan if I am pregnant, nursing, or diabetic?

 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.

What are the benefits of spray tanning?

 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.

Some Benefits:

  • Does not damage skin
  • Most professional solutions have a skin firming formula and antioxidants
  • Minimizes cellulite, stretch marks, and varicose veins
  • Improves skin's appearance and evens out skin tone
  • My solutions are made mostly from natural and organic ingredients
  • 100% Paraben FREE
  • Quick and easy - does not require multiple sessions to build up a tan - perfect for the busy tanner!