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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about spray tanning
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Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequently asked questions regarding Spray Tanning collected in one place!

How does a Spray Tan work?
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With a special spray tan gun, a DHA tanning solution is sprayed onto the skin. When applied, DHA (the active ingredient in Sunless tanning solution) reacts with the proteins in the skin’s superficial layer to form a golden brown color. You immediately get a smooth brown skin! A treatment takes about 15 minutes.

This is exactly why actresses and models opt for this tanning method. Paris Hilton, Cameron Diaz and Kelly Osbourne are known 'tanning addicts'.

What is DHA?
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DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is a natural ingredient. DHA is the main component in almost every self-tan product. It is a carbohydrate that is extracted from sugar cane or sugar beets, among others. In concentrations of 8% to 14% it is processed in every tanning liquid.

The Spraytan (Vani-T) we use is approved as a Ecocert (certified organic) label. The Ecocert-certification (since 1991) may only be borne by brands that confirm that their products meet the most stringent requirements in terms of screened and approved ingredients for their cosmetics. Because EcoCert certification arose from the rigorous foundations of the organic movement in the seventies, the products must also be of biological origin.

How can I prepare for a Spray Tan?
Scrub: scrub the skin before treatment, preferably the day before. Shaving and waxing can be done up to eight hours before the session (otherwise your skin is too sensitive).
Make-up/Parfum: remove all makeup before the spray tan is applied to the skin. The use of body lotion, cream, perfume, deodorant, and is not recommended on the day of the session.
Clothing: wear comfortable, spacious dark clothing and dark underwear on the day of treatment.
Sweat/elastic bands: Avoid sweating before and immediately after your Spray Tan as well as wearing clothing with elastic bands right before/after the Spray Tan Treatment.
Can anyone have a Spray Tan?
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Yes. There are no known adverse effects. To be safe, spray tanning is not used in people with psoriasis, eczema, cuts or grazes and during pregnancy, the first trimester.

If you are suffering from vitiligo, it is truly worth it to get a spray tan. Do you have any doubts? Please consult with your doctor before booking a spray tan!

How long will my Spray Tan last?
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The brown color lasts about 5 to 11 days, if you care for it properly. This can be done by using a moisturizer and while showering using a mild soap or mild showergel.

Also don't rub fanatically over your skin with your towel after a shower.

If I spray tan, can I also tan in tanning beds and in the sun?
Spray Tan VANI-T womanIn the first few hours after the treatment, you can be extra sensitive to the sun. You are not protected against the harmful effects of the sun, so use a protective factor. Initially you will be brown from the bronzer, which is incorporated into the spray tan liquid. However, the active ingredient is DHA. You will not see the final effect until the next day. DHA requires 24 hours to fully work and this also ensures the long-term effect. The color you iget mmediately after treatment, will give you a very good idea of how deep your final complexion will look like. Bronzer and DHA do not protect you in any way from the sun, even when your tanned skin makes you think otherwise!
Can I go swimming, do sports after a Spray Tan?
Swimming in chlorinated water or salt water can diminish the length of your tan. However, normal activities such as bathing, showering or physical activities will usually not affect the quality of the tan.
Will my skin look orange?
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In the early days of Spray Tanning, most self-tanning and spray tanning formulations were administered incorrectly. That meant inconsistent coverage and badly dosed DHA solutions (sometimes with carrot based ingredients). Application methods and Formulations have taken a giant leap since then, making the overall experience and results far better. If in doubt, please have a test Spray Tan session, so you can feel confident with your color!

Since we only spray tan manually, we can also custom mix the color to your skin tone and your tanning wishes. Be sure to ask for the possibilities!

How can I make my spray tan last longer?
Shower and/or bath: Your tan will be developing over the next hours so it's imortant to keep your skin dry. If you really (really!) must wash your hands and/or face, we recommend using a damp hand towel to prevent any unwanted water marks. Showering before the tan has developped, may lighten up your color and impact the results of the spray tan. After the time frame of your tan development, you will see colored water coming off in your first shower. This is normal. Your spray tan is not washing off, it is just bronzer.
Transpiration: Certainly do not exercise before your Spray Tan and while your tan is developing. And if it rains, be sure to bring an umbrella!
Moisturizing: Moisturizing helps extend the life of your tan and it helps your tan to fade more evenly. We recommend using a hydrating, non-scented/fragrance-free and non-oil based lotion!
Can you custom mix the color?
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As we only spray manually (we spray you using a handheld device), we can custom mix a formula that best fits your skin type to reach your desired color.

All of our spray tans are paraben and sulfate free, moisturizing, pleasant smelling, and have natural anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients. They are all suitable for all skin types!

Do men Spray Tan?
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A Spray Tan is suitable for anyone who wants to have a safe, fast golden glow, so also for men! More and more different types of people find their way to Spray Tanning: not just all age groups but also more and more men.

Of course, the spray tan 'rules' before (scrub / shave / no deo or perfume / etc.) and after (loose clothing / no water / no sweating / etc.) also apply for men!

Are the tanning products used tested on animals?
We only use the professional tanning line of VANI-T : all VANI-T products are cruelty free, not tested on animals and contain no animal products!
Does the Spray Tan have an odor?
Spray Tan VANI-T woman Tastes differ of course, but a VANI-T Spray Tan has a rather pleasant smell during and just after the Tanning session. We even get the comment that it actually smells quite good. After the first shower, every smell will in any case disappear.

What should I wear during the Spray Tan?
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We strongly recommend that - who wants tan lines? - you will not wear any clothing during the Spray Tan. You're definitely not an exception, as 99% of our customers are being spray tanned naked, which yields the best result.

If you prefer to wear something, that is obviously a viable option.

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If you have any other questions regarding Spray Tanning or our salon, please do not hesitate to contact us! We are, of course, always willing to help you!

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