We absolutely love it when clients ask us tanning questions :)
Is spray tanning SAFE?
YES, the FDA approved Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a sugar cane derivative that results into a tan was approved in 1973. When applied to the skin, DHA penetrates only the top layer of skin.
Will your products stain clothing or bed sheets?
We generally recommend that clients wear garments that are loose fitting and dark in color after treatment. If any color does get transferred to material, it can easily be washed in a normal cycle and should not stain.
How long will the tan last?
7-10 days depending on how well you moisturize at home and follow the before and after guidelines. Try not to exfoliate your skin and STAY AWAY from products with HIGH ALCOHOL content. These products will slowly strip away your tan. A spray tan fades, just like a tan from the sun. As your body naturally exfoliates, your tan will fade. Remember, proper hydration and moisturizing your skin is the key factor.
What do I wear during my tanning appointment?
You may wear a dark, snug fitting swimsuit, or undergarments. Some women choose to have no tan lines at all and simply chose to tan nude. Its preferably up to your comfort zone. Men on the other hand may NOT tan nude. We DO ask that men wear some type of undergarment (shorts, boxers, speedo, etc.). Clients under the age of 18 MUST have a legal guardian present, and may not under any circumstances tan nude.
Are there any areas that I should pay particular attention to when I exfoliate before my spray tan appointment?
ABSOLUTELY! You should exfoliate your entire body thoroughly, but you should pay extra attention to the areas around your ankles, toes, knees, elbows, wrist, and knuckles. If you do not exfoliate in those areas and move ahead with your spray tan, you won't notice a problem, but give it a few days and you will. Once your tan begins to fade, those areas will really stand out. That is why it is imperative to follow all the before and after tips. Any areas on your body that are naturally a little more course will fade faster, so I always ask my clients to pay extra attention to their ankles, toes, knees, elbows, wrist, and knuckles. A tip I recommend is to try soaking in a warm-hot bath for about 15 minutes, then using baking soda or brown sugar, and scrubbing gloves to exfoliate your body very well.
Should I shave my legs before a spray tan?
Yes & No - The moisturizing strip and the shaving cream, gel, or lotion used leaves a barrier on the skin. This can prevent the active ingredient in the spray tanning solution from developing properly or at all. It is BEST to shave eight hours or the night before tanning and rinse the shaving area well. If you are in a pinch and you have to absolutely shave the same day, I strongly recommend using a disposable razor with the moisturizing strip and soap.
If possible, I strongly recommend that my clients get facials or waxing at least two days prior to spray tanning. Your pores and skin need a chance to recover after a facial or waxing. NEVER get a facial or wax after you spray tan! It will completely remove your tan in that area :( And as you can image, that is not a fabulous look!
GQ Passions provides EVERYTHING you need for a flawless beautiful tan. All we need is an electrical outlet and a fabulous body to tan!!!