How can I prepare for my spray tan?
Do any waxing, shaving, manicures or pedicures before you come for your spray tan preferably at least 12 - 24 hours beforehand. If possible, come with clean skin, no lotions, make-up or deodorant (although you may take this off once you reach the salon, if you prefer.)
Do I need to exfoliate before I spray tan?
For optimal results its best to exfoliate your skin a bit before coming to the salon for a spray tan, but you only need to seriously scrub if you already have old self tanner on your skin. Please never use an oily salt or sugar scrub before coming in for your spray tan as oils will form a barrier which will affect the outcome of your tan.
What should I wear?
That depends on if you want tan lines or not. If you dont want tan lines you should skip undergarments. Please dont worry about stripping off, we aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible, we are here to give you a gorgeous tan, you not to evaluate your body!!
If you prefer to wear your own undies or swim wear chose something old, and black - although the tinted self tanner washes out of most fabrics it can stain nylon, silk and leather.
Bring something a little bit loose and dark to wear after your spray tan. Don't go to the gym and avoid sweating immediately after being sprayed. Avoid the rain, bring an umbrella with you just in case!
I have an event, when should I get my spray tan?
If you would like to be tan for a special event we recommend coming in to get your spray tan one or two days beforehand. If you are a Bride we seriously reccommend coming for a trial a few weeks before your wedding, please dont just chance it on day beforehand - it might not be the look you wanted for your special day! We also reccommend that the Groom has a tan so as not to look pale and washed out beside you inphotos. Our Nouvatan tans are really natural looking and can give a subtle glow that will enhance your look - male or female.
Im going on holiday should I get a tan?
Having a spray tan before a holiday can give you the self confidence to look great in that cozzie and not be the 'new arrival' on the beach. But please be aware that chlorine will strip your tan pretty rapidly so if you are happy to laze around the pool reading for a day or two until your natural tan starts to develop that is fine. You will tan through a spray tan but please be aware that it offers no protection from UV rays so a high factor sunscreen is reccommended for to stop you burning.
How often can I get a spray tan?
You can get a spray tan just one time for a special event or you can visit us once a week to maintain a year-round glow. It is best to exfoliate any old tan from your skin before coming in for a fresh application.
What can I expect when I come for my tan?
You will get ready for your spray tan in our private salon by getting undressed. You may choose to wear your own underwear, or nothing at all - whatever is most comfortable for you. If you have on gel nails or a light color on your fingers and toes we will gently cover your nails with a thin coat of barrier cream to prevent discoloration. We do encourage you to tie your hair up as well. We will then discuss your preferred shade of skin color that will suit your skin type. and get you to step into the booth. The actual spray tan process only takes a few minutes. The technician will show you step by step all the different positions to stand in as you are sprayed with our plleasant smelling solution. The spray tan feels like a cool mist, As the spray tan goes on you will immediately see color appear on your skin. This is the 'color guide' and allows the technician to see where the spray tan is going. This initial color is attractive, and gets a little darker when you leave and the actual self tanning product starts to work on your skin. After being sprayed you may notice that you feel a tiny bit sticky. The reason for this is that DHA is actually a sugar. This feeling goes away after about an hour.
How does a spray tan work?
Spray tan, or self tanner (DHA) is not a cosmetic. The active ingredient (DHA) occurs naturally in sugar beets and has been approved for application to the skin since the 1950s. It is a safe, well tolerated product. Most dermatologists highly recommend self tanning as an easy alternative to the sun's harmful rays.The active ingredient soaks into the upper layers of your skin and causes the superficial layers of the epidermis to oxidize. It is similar to the reaction that occurs when you cut an apple and it turns brown.
Our Nouvatan Spray Tan Solutions contain 100% Natural Active Organic Ingredients, with Eco cert DHA. It is enriched with Vitamins A, B5 & E.
They start from 8% DHA for fair skins going all the way through our range up to 20% DHA for darker, olive skin types.
How long do I need to wait to shower after my spray tan?
Before you shower you may look quite dark as you will be seeing the developed self tanner with the color guide on top - after you shower, the tan will look quite natural. You should wait anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to shower. If it is your first spray tan it is best to wait a full 8 hours.
You can sleep overnight in your tan, but we do reccommend you wear a full pyjama in this case to avoid transferring tan.
During your shower you will see a tea color rinsing off of your skin. Dont worry, your tan is still intact! This is just the color guide rinsing off and is meant to happen. Pat yourself gently to dry and moisturize with a lotion as oil based products will strip your tan. We reccommend Nouvatan Gradual Tan moisturiser a specially formulated moisturiser, enriched with Vitamins A, B5 & E, containing a delicate Coconut aroma and 4% DHA to gradually tan your skin leaving you with that beautiful, natural sun-kissed look, without the awful smell.
How long will my new spray tan last?
Your spray tan will last anywhere from 4-5 days to over a week, depending on how well you look after it. To maximise your tan take showers instead of baths and moisturise consistently.
Can I choose the shade of my spray tan? Yes! You can choose anything from a healthy glowing tan to a deep tan; although there is no 'color chart'. We will help guide you toward a choice that will work well with your own natural skin color. Because the spray tan product works with your skin's natural chemistry, no two people will have the exact same result. Our spray tan product is known for giving a natural, warm color - not orange or muddy like some other self tanning products on the market.
What if I think my hands and feet look lighter than the rest of my body?
We usually prefer to go a little lighter on the hands and feet, elbows and knees. These areas look better with a lighter touch as the skin absorbs self tanner differently than the rest of your body. In our experience, if your spray tan has been applied properly - your friends will simply notice that you look great! However, if too much self tanner settles in your knuckles and between the fingers it can look glaringly fake. For this reason our technicians prefer to spray your hands and feet a little lighter than the rest of your body. With this in mind, we ask that you respect our technicians' years of spray tanning experience and allow them to handle the spraying of your hands and feet gently.
My spray tan is starting to fade, how do I get it off? Contrary to popular belief you can't just scrub off the spray tan. If you don't believe us - give it a try! The spray tan is attached to the upper layers of your skin and gently fades as your skin exfoliates. If you go into the shower with a grainy scrub you will have very little success removing the tan. The thing to do is to take a long soak in a tub (saunas and Jacuzzis are also great) the idea is to soften the skin and get it steamy. Then is the time to work with a scrub, wash cloth, loofah or scrubbing mitts. We recommend sitting in bath-water with household baking soda or using it as a gentle exfoliater in the shower after your skin has become very moist soft.
Is it safe?
Spray tanning is safe and is better than sunbeds! Our tanning solution has the active ingredient DHA (dihydroxyacetone). DHA
is considered non toxic and non carcinogenic.
I want to have a Spray Tanning Party in my home. How does it work?
When we come to your home for your spray tanning party we will set up our spray tan ten and airbrush machine These items can fit easily in a living room, bedroom or bathroom. Each client will be sprayed in the tent, preventing any overspray from collecting in your house.
Each client may dress as they feel comfortable and the technician will work with each client to decide on their perfect shade. You can expect that each tan will take approximately 15 minutes for the consult with the technician and to get sprayed. We encourage all spray tan party guests to follow the same before and after rules that salon visitors follow above.
Spray tan parties are available any day of the week, both in the day or the evening. Please contact us to book your appointment early!