what to expect

What are ‘Parabens & Sulfates’ and Why are They Bad for my Spray Tan?

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Okay, so if you’ve ever gotten a spray tan before, you’ve surely heard all the buzz about ‘paraben-free’ and ‘sulfate-free’ … but what exactly do these buzz words mean? This is SUCH a good question that hardly ever gets answered. However, today you’re in luck because we are about to finally give you all the answers you’ve been looking for!


What are Parabens and Sulfates?

Parabens are chemicals that act as preservatives and can be found in most beauty products. They were invented to prevent bacteria in products such as deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, body washes, etc. Parabens are most commonly used to preserve the shelf-life of these beauty products.

Sulfates are a form of salt from sulfuric acid. Sulfates are commonly known to as cleaning/foaming agents and are normally found in toothpaste, body washes, shampoos, and conditioners. Yes, sulfates are what enables products to “foam” or “lather” more easily.


Why are They Toxic for a Spray Tan?

While there are many reasons that experts have found parabens and sulfates to be harmful to daily health (that’s another blog post for another time), we want to avoid them because they have been found to very easily strip a spray tan!

These harsh chemicals can smudge, strip, or streak a tan… all of which are huge no-no’s! If you’re looking to increase the life of your tan, we HIGHLY recommend seeking alternative beauty products post-spray tan!


What Products CAN I Use?

At Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning, we have a multitude of product options for you to purchase before you even leave our studio! Some of our all-time favorites are: Sunstyle Catwalk Body Wash, Sunstyle Catwalk Sunless Tan Extending Lotion, and AYU Moisturizing Lotion. All of these options are sulfate-free & paraben-free, smell heavenly, and can extend the life of your spray tan for up to 10 days!


So what are you waiting for? Now that you know what parabens and sulfates are, you can educate yourself when you’re shopping for your new fav post-tan products! The more organic the product, the better it is for your spray tan! Happy tanning!

What to Expect During a Spray Tan

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What to Expect During a Spray Tan:

So you’ve finally booked a spray tan… and you’re super excited. But there’s still something about the experience that makes you nervous because, frankly, you don’t know what to expect. Well have no fear! Here’s exactly what to expect the day of your spray tan:


Undress (To Your Comfort Level)

When you first get to our spray tanning studio, your spray tan tech will greet you and show you to the tanning booth. Here, they’ll let you undress to your comfort level. For women, some choose to go topless, wear a bathing suit, a strapless bra and panties, or go completely nude! Remember not worry about what your spray tan tech thinks… they’ve seen it all! As for men, they can wear underwear, swim trunks, or take advantage of the complementary disposable boxers we have in our studio!


Put On Sticky Feet & Hair Net

At Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning, we provide complementary sticky feet and hair nets, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own. The sticky feet prevent the bottoms of your feet from getting solution on them while in the tanning booth. In addition, the hair net keeps your hair out of your face and off your body, as well as protects your hair from getting any spray tanning solution in it.


We Apply a pH Balance Spray to Your Skin

The pH balance spray is also complementary at Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning! It helps prepare your skin for the spray tan, and, in turn, helps your spray tan to last longer!


We Apply Barrier Cream to Your Hands, Knees, and Elbows

The barrier cream applied before the spray tanning session moisturizes those particularly dry parts of the body, such as the hands, knees and elbows. The driest parts of the body tend to soak up more of the solution, which can cause your tan to look darker in those areas. Adding a little bit of a barrier and moisture to these specific areas just before the session helps to even out your tan, and make it look the most natural!


Let the Spray Tanning Begin!

At Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning, we spray with an HPVL machine and spray gun. This process is done by hand, and only takes about 5-7 minutes. Your spray tan tech will let you know what ways to turn, bend, and move to ensure you get 100% full body coverage.


We’ll Dry You Off

Once your color looks equal and even, your spray tan tech will turn off the gun and get out the drying hose. They will use this hose to dry you for about 1-2 minutes until your skin no longer feels wet.


You’re Done!

When your skin dries, you’re officially done! When putting your clothes back on, make sure you wear baggy/ loose-fitting clothing to ensure you don’t accidentally rub any of the solution off your body. Some of the areas of your skin may still feel slightly sticky, but you should feel completely dry within an hour.


And there you have it! Now that you know exactly what to expect during your spray tan session, there’s no need to worry. Enjoy and happy tanning!