The Skinny on Spray Tans

Last time we talked about salon products, specifically sulfate-free products, compared to drug-store brands. Hopefully you picked some up, and now you’re enjoying your healthy, gorgeous hair! This week I want to tell you about our sunless tanning, or “spray tans.” They’ve been around for a few years; however, spray tans have become increasingly popular in the past two or so years. To put it simply, here at New You, we’re obsessed! It takes less than thirty minutes to get sprayed, and they leave your skin looking flawless with a natural, bronze glow. Not to mention, they are highly preferred compared to tanning beds for the health of your skin.

First, let me tell you about the Norvell Sunless Tanning system we use here at the salon. Unlike the mystic tanning machines that are used at tanning salons, the Norvell system consists of a spray gun and a custom, hand-mixed solution created to suit your skin. It is a very exclusive brand, and (not to be a name-dropper, but...) it’s the official tanning system of NBC’s Dancing with the Stars! You’re not standing in a machine that simply tells you to close your eyes and hold out your arms while you anxiously wait to see if it covers your entire body evenly. Instead you’re standing in a comfortable room, where a trained service provider instructs your every move while they diligently spray your skin. Don’t worry, they’ll get every curve. Did I mention you won’t have to worry about having an uneven spray tan anymore?! Yes, the Norvell system leaves you with an airbrush finish; this means it will NOT leave streaks. It literally doesn’t get any better than this!

Now I’m going to tell you how simple it is to get a spray tan using the Norvell Sunless Tanning system. Before you come in, you’ll need to shower, shave, and exfoliate really well. Don’t put on any lotion, deodorant, make-up, perfume, etc. Come with your bare skin. Now, when it comes to what you wear during the session. . . WHATEVER YOU WANT! Whether it’s a bathing suit or your birthday suit, we want you to undress to your comfort level. Just know, we’ve seen it all, so there’s no need to be shy. After you’ve been sprayed, you’ll put on some loose clothes. Note: the tanning solution will not stain your clothes; however, we don’t recommend you wear your favorite white, linen pants. You will wait 8-12 hours to shower (I usually wait 12 or so). Once you shower, you will notice the excess solution washing off your skin. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean your spray tan is washing off. THIS IS NORMAL!

Here are some commonly asked questions about our spray tans. . .

Q: “Will I be orange? I’ve seen people with spray tans, and they look orange. . . I don’t want to look orange!”

A: You will not look orange. Like we talked about, the solutions are hand-mixed each time to suit your skin. Trust me; we don’t want you to leave looking like a Dorito any more than you do.

Q: “How long will my tan last?”

A: We typically say 5-7 days; however, like anything else, the life of the spray tan will vary depending on how often you shower and if you follow the proper maintenance instructions. Speaking of, let’s talk about maintenance. Use liquid soap ONLY (no bar soap, exfoliating products, luffas, etc.) Avoid baths if possible. Showers are preferred for best results.

Q: “What day will my tan look its best?”

A: We’re often asked this question if the spray tan is for a specific occasion, such as a wedding, graduation, formal, etc. Though your tan will look incredible for a week or so, I personally (along with a few other service providers) think the spray tan looks best on its second day after showering. For example, if you have a wedding on Saturday, I recommend you come in on Thursday afternoon/evening.

Let me leave you with this: Spray tans, though they are great for any occasion, were specifically created for special occasions (weddings, formals, vacations). They are temporary; they do not contain any SPF. The pigment will be altered, but underneath, it is the same it was prior to getting sprayed. Please be careful tanning or spending extensive amounts of time in the sun (like at the beach). Other than that, they are perfect if you’re looking for that been to the beach, sun-kissed look!