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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does spray tanning work?
The active ingredient is DHA (dihydroxyacetone) and is approved by the FDA for external use. It is the active ingredient in all self-tanners. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is derived from sugar beets or cane sugar and is a key active ingredient for natural self-tanners. The skin-browning effect is the result of a nontoxic chemical reaction between DHA and the amino acids which are part of the keratinous layer of the skin’s surface, much like the browning effect in food caramelization. The resulting color is called melanoidins, similar in color to the melanins our bodies produce naturally when exposed to UV rays. DHA creates a more naturally-looking tan, and fades more evenly, than chemical tanners and is now considered the most effective sunless tanning ingredient. It is also considered the safest form of tanning over chemically-derived self-tanners and sun exposure. The tan will fade gradually over the course of 3-10 days. (Wiki) Origin: Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is obtained by the fermentation of certain sugars, like sugar cane and beet sugars
How long does a spray tan last?
The actual spray tan itself takes about 5-10 minutes when you’ve done as many as we have. We do allow for 30-minute appointments for new clients because we would never want anyone to feel rushed and we also allow extra time for any questions. Returning clients typically take 15-20 minutes.
How long is my tan going to last?
Anywhere from 10-12 days. It will depend on your level of activity, how well you take care of the tan and the condition of your skin. For best results it is recommended that you use aftercare products as they were formulated specifically to work well with the sunless tan. A spray tan is affecting the outer layer of the skin. Anything that you do to exfoliate will result in a quicker fading. The healthier your skin, the longer your tan will last. For big events we always suggest a trial run 3-4 weeks prior.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes, absolutely. We need to know that you are coming and also because spray tanning requires preparation prior to the service. Most of our appointments are booked anywhere from 7-30 days in advance and when you book, your time is held just for you. Please note that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are our busiest days so please book accordingly.
When can I shave?
If you do not shave the suggested 24 hours before your appointment, you will need to wait 24 hours after your appointment. When you do shave, use a brand new razor.
Can I put my bra back on after my tan?
Please don’t! The straps can absorb the solution and create lines that you didn’t want which is why you took it off in the first place. Wait at least 4 hours before putting a bra back on but it is best not to until your first rinse.
Will a spray tan cover my scars/stretch marks?
The craziest thing about skin is that not everyone has the same outcome. We get a lot of inquiries about things like stretch marks and surgery scars and our answers are always the same: we won’t know until we try. The best-case scenario is that scars become less noticeable. The worst case some stand out more. There is no magic disappearing ability though. The important thing is that we will make you aware of the trial and error aspect so that you are aware it could go both ways without expectations.
Will I look orange?
You won’t on our watch! We wouldn’t be in business or have the credentials that we do if we made people orange. You might be able to go try a self tanner on yourself if you are looking for that!
I have an event coming up when should I get my spray tan done?
We recommend 2-3 days before an event. For brides we do recommend 2 days before. You will need to have a minimum of two rinses/showers before your event to get the instant bronzer off as that is when your spray tan looks the best & is set in to your skin.
What if I have a very fair skin that has never been able to tan?
This is exactly why the spray tanning was designed in the first place, for people that could not tan by any other method! Most probably you will get a fantastic color with spray tan! Of course, people that tan easily will tan too.
What happens the day of my spray tan?
Once sprayed, you will have an instant-bronzed look produced by the bronzer in the solution, and the tan will develop over the next 8-12 hours at this time you will gain around 2 shades. After showering you will lose one full shade and it’s normal for the bronzer to wash away leaving the developed tan.
Will spray tan protect me from getting sunburned?
No! When going into the sun, you must wear sun protection. The only way it will help to protect you is that you will not be tempted to sun bake since you will have your tan already.
What is the difference between a Traditional Spray Tan and the Accelerated Spray Tan?
There is no difference between color and longevity. Our Traditional Tan needs a minimum of 12 hours of developing time (max 24 hours). The Accelerated Tan you will rinse off between 1-4 hours based on the darkness you are looking to achieve. Our Accelerated Tans are great for same day events, those that do not like sleeping in solution or are worried about bronzer rubbing off on sheets and those that like to work-out daily. The color takes the same time to fully develop but with the accelerated rinse option you have the convenience of being able to rinse off quicker and not have to sleep in your tan if getting sprayed later in the day.
Will the solution stain my clothing and sheets?
The tanning solutions are water-soluble and will wash off but can potentially in some cases stain light colored garments. Once you have your first shower it is set in and you will not see any spray tan products coming off on your clothing. It may take 2 rinses to fully rinse off the bronzer. If you do still see a bit coming off after your first shower that means you haven't rinsed the bronzer off well enough or on rare occasions the skin PH balance can be off.
Can I wear make up the day of my spray tan?
We recommend you do not wear any make up to your appointment. A few hours after your appointment you are able to put on light make up if needed on eyes and lips but not the skin directly.

What is the difference between a handheld spray tan and a spray tan booth?
Have you ever seen the Friends episode with Ross's spray tan experience?! With a custom spray tan, we control the amount of solution on all areas and especially in areas desiring a natural tan appearance such as the face, inside of the arms and legs, etc. Booths do not and often provide a less natural and uneven outcome.
I have had a bad experience with a spray tan before. Is spray tanning not for me?
No, there are many factors that could affect your tan; the skill of the spray tech (if tanned with hand held gun), the quality of solution, your skin condition at the time, not prepping, allergies, hormones, humidity or lack of, plus many other things. Here at Just Glow, we do a full consultation and offer a 100% guarantee if your results lacked based on something on our behalf.
What do most people wear during a spray tan?
It is your personal preference and comfort level! Some choose to wear bottoms, go nude or wear a swimsuit. You can wear as much or as little as you want at your session. We do offer disposable thongs for clients. Men must wear bottoms - no exceptions.
How dark will I get?
Everyone’s skin develops its own individual color. Some people go a few shades darker brown, some may just get a glow. We have multiple solutions to choose from. We will always do a consultation with you when you come in to match your desired tone even if you are a regular.
Will my spray tan look even if I have hair on my legs/arms?
This question is typically asked by men and not to worry! Yes, your tan will look totally even. If you have any concerns please address them before your appointment. For the best results shaving/waxing/trimming what you normally would 24 hours before your appointment is always better for the tan.
Will I smell bad after my spray like self-tanners?
The solutions we use have the newest technology in odor inhibitors that help to eliminate the dreaded "sunless smell" while your tan is developing, however that smell is actually how your pH reacts with the solution so it is not 100% guaranteed. Thankfully it only happens until the first or second rinse.
If I am going in salt water will my tan fade?
Salt water is a natural exfoliant but will not strip your tan. Salt does however dry your skin faster and make your skin cells exfoliate faster. We recommend wearing a waterproof sunblock, which will help protect your skin. You will not physically see your spray tan coming of in the ocean.
If I am going in a pool or Jacuzzi will my tan fade?
The best thing to help your tan last longer when going in pools or hot tubs is wearing a waterproof sunblock. It helps protect your skin from the chemicals. You will not physically see your spray tan coming off in the pool or Jacuzzi but it will dry your skin out and make the tan fade faster.
Can I spray tan while pregnant?
At Just Glow, we spray tan many mommies to be on a weekly basis, however it is your responsibility to contact your doctor for permission. Although the active ingredient is FDA approved we cannot make the determination if it is safe for your particular situation.
I have other beauty services booked which should I do first?
Spray tans should be one of the last services you get before an event if possible. If you have pedicures, manicures, waxing or eyelash extension appointments it should be done 24 hours before your spray tan. If you are doing pedicures or manicures the same day as your appointment make sure NO lotions are applied. If you must get them done after the spray tan appointment please do a polish change only.
Should I purchase your professional prep and post-care products?
You may be able to find body washes, lotions and scrubs at a big-box store for a couple dollars less, but you might be risking your color. A sugar scrub (prep) you get there may contain oils that sit on the skin and prevent the proper solution absorption. A gradual self-tanner you get to extend your tan might not contain the same high amounts of moisturizing ingredients or DHA as a professional salon product. The drug store body washes usually contain sulfates or heavy fragrances, which can strip your color. They cost less because they are not the same quality that professionals use.
Can I get a spray tan when I have tattoos?
Absolutely! A spray tan will not affect the coloring of tattoos and will just look like a normal tan would from the sun. If you have a fresh tattoo it is best to wait at least 10 days.
Will a spray tan cover up my tan lines?
Not completely. Spray tans will help mask tan lines but if you have a big event such as your wedding, you should try not to get sun/tan lines for at least a month before the event.
What do I wear after my spray tan?
It is important to leave in dark, loose clothing and flip flops if possible. Many will bring a baggy t-shirt and loose shorts or a loose, flowing sun dress to wear post spray. Tight items can move the bronzers and leave marks on your fresh tan.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does spray tanning work?
The active ingredient is DHA (dihydroxyacetone) and is approved by the FDA for external use. It is the active ingredient in all self-tanners. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is derived from sugar beets or cane sugar and is a key active ingredient for natural self-tanners. The skin-browning effect is the result of a nontoxic chemical reaction between DHA and the amino acids which are part of the keratinous layer of the skin’s surface, much like the browning effect in food caramelization. The resulting color is called melanoidins, similar in color to the melanins our bodies produce naturally when exposed to UV rays. DHA creates a more naturally-looking tan, and fades more evenly, than chemical tanners and is now considered the most effective sunless tanning ingredient. It is also considered the safest form of tanning over chemically-derived self-tanners and sun exposure. The tan will fade gradually over the course of 3-10 days. (Wiki) Origin: Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is obtained by the fermentation of certain sugars, like sugar cane and beet sugars
How long does a spray tan last?
The actual spray tan itself takes about 5-10 minutes when you’ve done as many as we have. We do allow for 30-minute appointments for new clients because we would never want anyone to feel rushed and we also allow extra time for any questions. Returning clients typically take 15-20 minutes.
How long is my tan going to last?
Anywhere from 10-12 days. It will depend on your level of activity, how well you take care of the tan and the condition of your skin. For best results it is recommended that you use aftercare products as they were formulated specifically to work well with the sunless tan. A spray tan is affecting the outer layer of the skin. Anything that you do to exfoliate will result in a quicker fading. The healthier your skin, the longer your tan will last. For big events we always suggest a trial run 3-4 weeks prior.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes, absolutely. We need to know that you are coming and also because spray tanning requires preparation prior to the service. Most of our appointments are booked anywhere from 7-30 days in advance and when you book, your time is held just for you. Please note that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are our busiest days so please book accordingly.
When can I shave?
If you do not shave the suggested 24 hours before your appointment, you will need to wait 24 hours after your appointment. When you do shave, use a brand new razor.
Can I put my bra back on after my tan?
Please don’t! The straps can absorb the solution and create lines that you didn’t want which is why you took it off in the first place. Wait at least 4 hours before putting a bra back on but it is best not to until your first rinse.
Will a spray tan cover my scars/stretch marks?
The craziest thing about skin is that not everyone has the same outcome. We get a lot of inquiries about things like stretch marks and surgery scars and our answers are always the same: we won’t know until we try. The best-case scenario is that scars become less noticeable. The worst case some stand out more. There is no magic disappearing ability though. The important thing is that we will make you aware of the trial and error aspect so that you are aware it could go both ways without expectations.
Will I look orange?
You won’t on our watch! We wouldn’t be in business or have the credentials that we do if we made people orange. You might be able to go try a self tanner on yourself if you are looking for that!
I have an event coming up when should I get my spray tan done?
We recommend 2-3 days before an event. For brides we do recommend 2 days before. You will need to have a minimum of two rinses/showers before your event to get the instant bronzer off as that is when your spray tan looks the best & is set in to your skin.
What if I have a very fair skin that has never been able to tan?
This is exactly why the spray tanning was designed in the first place, for people that could not tan by any other method! Most probably you will get a fantastic color with spray tan! Of course, people that tan easily will tan too.
What happens the day of my spray tan?
Once sprayed, you will have an instant-bronzed look produced by the bronzer in the solution, and the tan will develop over the next 8-12 hours at this time you will gain around 2 shades. After showering you will lose one full shade and it’s normal for the bronzer to wash away leaving the developed tan.
Will spray tan protect me from getting sunburned?
No! When going into the sun, you must wear sun protection. The only way it will help to protect you is that you will not be tempted to sun bake since you will have your tan already.
What is the difference between a Traditional Spray Tan and the Accelerated Spray Tan?
There is no difference between color and longevity. Our Traditional Tan needs a minimum of 12 hours of developing time (max 24 hours). The Accelerated Tan you will rinse off between 1-4 hours based on the darkness you are looking to achieve. Our Accelerated Tans are great for same day events, those that do not like sleeping in solution or are worried about bronzer rubbing off on sheets and those that like to work-out daily. The color takes the same time to fully develop but with the accelerated rinse option you have the convenience of being able to rinse off quicker and not have to sleep in your tan if getting sprayed later in the day.
Will the solution stain my clothing and sheets?
The tanning solutions are water-soluble and will wash off but can potentially in some cases stain light colored garments. Once you have your first shower it is set in and you will not see any spray tan products coming off on your clothing. It may take 2 rinses to fully rinse off the bronzer. If you do still see a bit coming off after your first shower that means you haven't rinsed the bronzer off well enough or on rare occasions the skin PH balance can be off.
Can I wear make up the day of my spray tan?
We recommend you do not wear any make up to your appointment. A few hours after your appointment you are able to put on light make up if needed on eyes and lips but not the skin directly.

What is the difference between a handheld spray tan and a spray tan booth?
Have you ever seen the Friends episode with Ross's spray tan experience?! With a custom spray tan, we control the amount of solution on all areas and especially in areas desiring a natural tan appearance such as the face, inside of the arms and legs, etc. Booths do not and often provide a less natural and uneven outcome.
I have had a bad experience with a spray tan before. Is spray tanning not for me?
No, there are many factors that could affect your tan; the skill of the spray tech (if tanned with hand held gun), the quality of solution, your skin condition at the time, not prepping, allergies, hormones, humidity or lack of, plus many other things. Here at Just Glow, we do a full consultation and offer a 100% guarantee if your results lacked based on something on our behalf.
What do most people wear during a spray tan?
It is your personal preference and comfort level! Some choose to wear bottoms, go nude or wear a swimsuit. You can wear as much or as little as you want at your session. We do offer disposable thongs for clients. Men must wear bottoms - no exceptions.
How dark will I get?
Everyone’s skin develops its own individual color. Some people go a few shades darker brown, some may just get a glow. We have multiple solutions to choose from. We will always do a consultation with you when you come in to match your desired tone even if you are a regular.
Will my spray tan look even if I have hair on my legs/arms?
This question is typically asked by men and not to worry! Yes, your tan will look totally even. If you have any concerns please address them before your appointment. For the best results shaving/waxing/trimming what you normally would 24 hours before your appointment is always better for the tan.
Will I smell bad after my spray like self-tanners?
The solutions we use have the newest technology in odor inhibitors that help to eliminate the dreaded "sunless smell" while your tan is developing, however that smell is actually how your pH reacts with the solution so it is not 100% guaranteed. Thankfully it only happens until the first or second rinse.
If I am going in salt water will my tan fade?
Salt water is a natural exfoliant but will not strip your tan. Salt does however dry your skin faster and make your skin cells exfoliate faster. We recommend wearing a waterproof sunblock, which will help protect your skin. You will not physically see your spray tan coming of in the ocean.
If I am going in a pool or Jacuzzi will my tan fade?
The best thing to help your tan last longer when going in pools or hot tubs is wearing a waterproof sunblock. It helps protect your skin from the chemicals. You will not physically see your spray tan coming off in the pool or Jacuzzi but it will dry your skin out and make the tan fade faster.
Can I spray tan while pregnant?
At Just Glow, we spray tan many mommies to be on a weekly basis, however it is your responsibility to contact your doctor for permission. Although the active ingredient is FDA approved we cannot make the determination if it is safe for your particular situation.
I have other beauty services booked which should I do first?
Spray tans should be one of the last services you get before an event if possible. If you have pedicures, manicures, waxing or eyelash extension appointments it should be done 24 hours before your spray tan. If you are doing pedicures or manicures the same day as your appointment make sure NO lotions are applied. If you must get them done after the spray tan appointment please do a polish change only.
Should I purchase your professional prep and post-care products?
You may be able to find body washes, lotions and scrubs at a big-box store for a couple dollars less, but you might be risking your color. A sugar scrub (prep) you get there may contain oils that sit on the skin and prevent the proper solution absorption. A gradual self-tanner you get to extend your tan might not contain the same high amounts of moisturizing ingredients or DHA as a professional salon product. The drug store body washes usually contain sulfates or heavy fragrances, which can strip your color. They cost less because they are not the same quality that professionals use.
Can I get a spray tan when I have tattoos?
Absolutely! A spray tan will not affect the coloring of tattoos and will just look like a normal tan would from the sun. If you have a fresh tattoo it is best to wait at least 10 days.
Will a spray tan cover up my tan lines?
Not completely. Spray tans will help mask tan lines but if you have a big event such as your wedding, you should try not to get sun/tan lines for at least a month before the event.
What do I wear after my spray tan?
It is important to leave in dark, loose clothing and flip flops if possible. Many will bring a baggy t-shirt and loose shorts or a loose, flowing sun dress to wear post spray. Tight items can move the bronzers and leave marks on your fresh tan.
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