As a Mystic Tan booth owner, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to tell you guys some HINTS
BEFORE YOU SPRAY DO’s:
Exfoliate: Spray tans penetrate 6 skin layers deep and most skin is on a 7 day cycle so you definitely want to go in your salon with a new skin layer!
Apply nail polish: Barrier cream really doesn’t work very well on our nails so just slapping a clear coat of nail polish on your nails will definitely prevent spray color from getting on your nails!
Wear Loose clothing to your session: Tight clothing WILL rub against your new tan and leave rub spots (IE places where you wont end up with a tan) and try to park close to the salon so you don’t have to put your shoes on right away.
BEFORE YOU SPRAY DON’TS:
Apply Lotion: Lotion acts as a barrier cream, because barrier cream IS lotion.
Wear Makeup: Unless its a Mineral based makeup. Oily makeup makes it hard to evenly spray your face and acts as a barrier to the solution.
When you finish your spray, PAT your skin, don’t rub. The booth evenly distributes the solution so rubbing only causes you to cause streaks.
If you do end up with streaks, WINDEX or BLEACH WATER will completely take the tan off and you can either go back to the salon for touch ups or use an at home self tanning MOUSSE or SPRAY. Self tanning LOTIONS are the devil and will NEVER work right.
DO NOT SHOWER UNTIL THE NEXT DAY!
Most salons will tell you that you can shower within 4-6 hours. This is true, but if you want to get the most out of your tan, wait until the next morning to shower. It gives the spray a lot more time to set into your skin and will last longer.
When you shower, try to only wash those IMPORTANT places! Scrubbing, using abraisive products, etc will shorten the lifespan of your tan. If you only use soap in the places that get funky and rinse the rest of you with water you wont be scrubbing skin layers off.
Keep “face touching” to a minimum.
We all do it, thousands of times a day. You lose the spray tan on your face faster than any part of your body because we constantly rub, touch, scratch and wash our faces. Definitely use mineral makeup since you don’t have to wash it off and invest in the Norvell face bronzer (Which is Mystic Spray tan’s creme de le creme of spray tan solution and the face bronzer is just their booths spray tan solution in a personal bottle) So you’ll want to use the face bronzer the same way you spray in the booth. Also, if you get the Norvell trial package, you can extend your tan indefinitely. Retail the package costs between $25 and $35 (about the cost OF the tan) and will keep your tan going a while. Which pretty much means it saves you a few trips to the booth, which in turn saves you MOOLAH!
Also, when you spray, make sure you stand EXACTLY as the tech tells you to. I always tell my girls to follow the HIP pose. Legs HIP width apart and thumbs at level with your HIPS. When facing forward keep your hands at your hips, thumbs pointed towards you. When you are facing backwards, either keep your palms in front of your hips facing you or facing the back of the booth.