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Spray Tan FAQ's

Skin Preparation

The condition of your skin plays a key role in the application process and tanning results.

Step 1: exfoliate and moisturise your skin before your session

Step 2: Moisturise your skin (with a water based only product) after every bath or shower to increase the life of your tan.

Step 3: repeating step 1 before every session will ensure a flawless looking tan.


What are the primary components in the Mystic Tan® tanning solution?

The solution has three primary components: bronzer, DHA, and aloe vera.


The bronzer is a water-soluble cosmetic dye designed to produce an instant tan. The bronzer tan remains on the skin until it is washed off in a shower or bath. The brown bronzer color can be seen in the bath water but will not stain because it is completely water-soluble.


The DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is the component that creates the longer-term tanning effect. DHA is a safe, simple molecule that has been used in food and cosmetics for decades. When applied to the skin, DHA reacts with the proteins and amino acids in the skin's superficial layer to form a golden brown color. It will begin to darken 2 to 3 hours after application, but it reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The DHA color and intensity will be very close to that produced initially by the bronzer. The DHA tan will begin to fade within 4 to 5 days. To maintain an optimal tan, an individual should tan every 4 to 5 days.


The aloe vera liquid is a natural moisturiser that comprises over 65% of the total solution.


How long after a Mystic Tan® tanning session before I can put my clothes back on?

Once you have towel dried there is little chance of the bronzer or DHA getting on your clothes. If you pursue any strenuous physical activity after your Mystic Tan® tanning session, perspiration may cause some of the bronzer to transfer to your clothing. Since the bronzer is completely water-soluble, it will wash out.


How long do I have to wait after a Mystic Tan® tanning session

before I can take a shower?

We recommend that you wait at least 4 hours after tanning to give the DHA enough time to fully set. If you shower earlier, you may diminish the intensity of the tan. When you do shower, the initial tan created by the water-soluble bronzer will wash off, but the DHA will remain and create your long-term tan.


Has anyone had an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the Mystic Tan® tanning solution?

All of the components of the Mystic Tan® tanning solution have been used in cosmetics and food products for decades and have been proven to be safe for use on the skin. If you have had previous allergic reactions to self-tanning lotions or cosmetics, you may want to do a "patch test" by putting a small amount of Mystic Tan® solution on a small area of skin to test for possible reactions.


Are there ways to enhance the Mystic Tan® results?

Yes. Applying a water-based moisturiser prior to tanning helps the skin absorb the Mystic Tan® tanning solution. Using a moisturiser frequently will help the tan last longer. You should not apply any moisturisers or lotions to the skin after tanning until the DMA has had time to set, usually 4 to 6 hours. Certain types of moisturisers or lotions applied during this period could cause streaking of the DHA.


Who should use the Mystic Tan® booth?

Everyone! Self-Tanners, Non-Tanners, ExTanners, Current Tanners.


Can I go swimming after tanning in the Mystic Tan® booth?

You should not swim or shower for a minimum of 4 hours after tanning in the Mystic Tan® booth. Swimming in chlorinated water at any time can bleach the Mystic Tan® and possible cause streaking.


Because of my fair skin, I have never been able to tan before.

Will the Mystic Tan® tanning booth give me a tan?

Yes. The Mystic Tan® tanning booth was designed specifically for individuals who cannot or do not want to tan conventionally.


Will it turn me orange?

No! In the past, self-tanners gave many individuals an unnatural orange glow and caused streaking. Most of these undesirable results were caused by improper or ineffective application techniques. Applying cremes and lotions by hand usually results in excessive amounts being absorbed in the skin. Excessive amounts applied in a single application can give an orange glow to the skin. Unnatural dark spots may also appear in dry or thick skin areas such as elbows, knees, and knuckles because they have a tendency to absorb more of the creme or lotion. Hand held spray-on applicators tend to run and cause streaking. The misting technology used to apply the Mystic Tan® tanning solution assures that all areas of the body receive a uniform coating of the solution in the exact amount necessary to produce a golden brown tan.