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Spray Tan Tips2018-09-30T19:29:16+00:00

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Here is a list of a few frequently asked questions about spray tanning. If you don’t find your question here please feel free to give us a call or email!

  • What is Mystic Tan?

    The Mystic Tan™ booth is a private, self-contained system that employs a patented revolutionary spray-on process to apply a uniform amount of Mystic Tan Tanning Myst to the entire body in just seconds. When the tanning session is complete, the consumer simply steps out of the booth, towels-off any excess myst, dresses, and exits. The result is a uniform, natural-looking tan in under five minutes.

  • What is MagneTan Technology?

    MagneTan application technology is Mystic’s patented process that uses the human body’s own magnetic properties to attract Mystic Tan Tanning Myst to every exposed area of the skin. When the special Mystic Tan™ tanning solution passes through the booths spray nozzles, the particles of solution are polarized, taking on the characteristics of “tiny magnets”. These particles adhere evenly, and in a precise uniform amount to the exposed skin to create a smooth, even, golden brown tan.

  • WILL IT TURN ME ORANGE?

    No! In the past, self-tanners gave many individuals an unnatural orange glow and caused streaking. Most of these undesirable results were caused by improper or ineffective application techniques. Applying creams and lotions by hand usually results in excessive amounts being absorbed in the skin. Excessive amounts applied in a single application can give an orange glow to the skin. Unnatural dark spots may also appear in dry or thick-skinned areas such as elbows, knees, and knuckles because these areas have a tendency to absorb more of the cream. Handheld spray-on applicators tend to run and cause streaking. The MagneTan™ technology used to apply the Mystic Tan™ tanning solution assures that all areas of the body get a uniform coating of the solution in the exact quantity required to produce a smooth, even, natural looking tan.

  • HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT AFTER A TANNING SESSION BEFORE I CAN SHOWER?

    We recommend that you wait a minimum of 4 hours after tanning to give the DHA enough time to fully set. If you shower earlier, you may diminish the intensity of the tan. When you do shower the initial tan created by the water-soluble bronzer will wash off, but the DHA will remain and create your long-term tan.

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF THE MYSTIC TAN MIST GETS IN MY EYES?

    Mystic Tan Tanning Myst formulations have been thoroughly tested by a third party lab and the results showed no eye or skin irritation. More than 20 million Mystic sessions occur every year, with no adverse reactions documented. However, protective eyewear is provided by the salon should you wish to use it.

  • DO I NEED TO COVER MY HAIR WHILE TANNING IN THE MYSTIC TAN TANNING BOOTH?

    Many consumers wear disposable shower caps (provided by the Salon) to keep the solution from getting in their hair. Other consumers tan without covering their hair. The solution will not penetrate the hair follicles.

  • HAS ANYONE HAD AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO THE CHEMICALS USED IN THE MYSTIC TAN TANNING SOLUTION?

    All of the components of the Mystic Tan tanning solution have been used in cosmetics and food products for decades and have proven to be safe for use on the skin. If you have had previous allergic reactions to self-tanning lotions or cosmetics you may want to do a “patch test”
    by putting a small amount of the Mystic Tan solution on a small area of the skin to test for possible reactions.

  • DO I NEED TO HOLD MY BREATH DURING THE TANNING SESSION?

    We recommend that you hold your breath during the actual misting process, which lasts 12 to 18 seconds. We make this recommendation because most individuals would prefer not to breathe in the mist, even though there is nothing in it that would cause any harm if you did breathe it in. If you have a history of asthma or other respiratory illnesses we do not recommend that you tan in the Mystic Tan™ tanning booth until consulting with your physician.

  • WILL THE COMPONENTS OF THE MYSTIC TAN SOLUTION MAKE MY SKIN HAVE AN UNPLEASANT SMELL?

    Some consumers have commented that they noticed a “starchy” smell on their skin after tanning, but it is usually not noticeable to others around them.

  • ARE THERE WAYS TO ENHANCE THE MYSTIC TAN RESULTS?

    Yes, applying a water-based moisturizer prior to tanning helps the skin absorb the Mystic Tan tanning solution. Using a moisturizer frequently will help the tan last longer. Mystic Tan has several products that are specially formulated for Sunless Tanning. Our salon stocks many Mystic Tan products designed to prolong, protect and enhance your sunless tanning experience.

  • CAN I GO SWIMMING AFTER TANNING IN THE MYSTIC TAN BOOTH?

    You should not swim or shower for a minimum of 4 hours after tanning in the Mystic Tan booth. Swimming in chlorinated water at any time can bleach the Mystic Tan and possibly cause streaking.

  • HOW LONG AFTER A MYSTIC TAN TANNING SESSION BEFORE I CAN PUT MY CLOTHES BACK ON?

    Once you have towel dried there is little chance of the bronzer or DHA getting on your clothes. If you pursue any strenuous physical activity after your Mystic Tan™ tanning session, perspiration may cause some of the bronzer to transfer to your clothing. Since the bronzer is completely water-soluble it will wash out.

  • HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO TAN WITH THE MYSTIC TAN TANNING PROCESS TO ACHIEVE THE COLOR I WANT?

    You will be tan after one session, but it may take a additional session or two to achieve your desired color. Once you reach the color you desire you should be able to maintain it by tanning every four to five days.

  • IF I TAN IN THE MYSTIC TAN TANNING BOOTH, CAN I ALSO TAN IN TANNING BEDS AND IN THE SUN?

    Yes. There is nothing in the Mystic Tan™ tanning solution that would prevent you from tanning in tanning beds or the sun. In fact, a number of customers have found that tanning with UV rays and the Mystic Tan™ tanning solution actually gives them a better overall tan. If you do plan to use a tanning bed and the Mystic Tan booth on the same day we recommend that you tan in the tanning bed first. Remember, however, that the Mystic Tan tan does not give you any protection from UV rays.

  • BECAUSE OF MY FAIR SKIN AND HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO TAN BEFORE. WILL THE MYSTIC TAN TANNING BOOTH GIVE ME A TAN?
    Yes. The Mystic Tan™ tanning booth was designed specifically for individuals who can’t or don’t want to tan conventionally. It is a safe way to achieve a healthy, suntanned look in a minimum amount of time.

  • WHAT IS IN THE MYSTIC TAN TANNING MYST?

    The Mystic Tan™ tanning solution has three components:

    -The bronzer is a water-soluble dye designed to produce an instant tan. The brown bronzer will wash off in the shower or bath but will not affect your overall tan.
    -The DHA produces a long-term tan. When applied to the skin, DHA reacts with proteins in the skins superficial layer to form a golden brown color. It begins to darken 2 to 3 hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The DHA tan will begin to gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun. To maintain optimal color, you should tan every 4 to 5 days.
    -The Aloe Vera helps to carry the DHA deeper into the skin and promotes a softer, smoother finish. The Mystic Tan¨ tanning solution contains more than 65% stabilized Aloe Vera liquid. Aloe Vera is a natural moisturizer that helps the skin draw moisture to the surface. It softens the skin and helps smooth wrinkles.

  • CAN I USE THE MYSTIC TAN BOOTH IF I AM PREGNANT?

    Mystic Tan™ Inc. suggests that you consult your Doctor regarding this matter.

“Where the Sun Always Shines”

Here is a list of a few frequently asked questions about the Heath and Saftey of spray tanning. If you don’t find your question here please feel free to give us a call or email!

  • WHAT IS DHA AND HOW SAFE IS IT?

    DHA is dihydroxyacetone, a carbohydrate (monosaccharide sugar) compound approved by the FDA for use in externally applied sunless tanning solutions. DHA is usually derived from a vegetable source like beets or sugar cane. Its properties as a skin darkener were discovered in the 1920’s but weren’t marketed as such until the 1960’s when Coppertone ® introduced Quick Tan ®. It was added to the FDA’s list of approved cosmetic ingredients in the 1970’s. DHA is the tanning ingredient used in the Mystic Tan Tanning Myst that has produced more than 50 million sunless tans with no documented reports of adverse effects.

  • WITH THE FDA CLARIFICATION, IS DHA STILL APPROVED FOR TANNING IN A SPRAY SUNLESS TANNING BOOTH?

    Absolutely. Since DHA is approved as an externally applied color additive for sunless tanning, using the simple measures recommended by the FDA prevent it from being applied to any unapproved areas.

  • IS MYSTIC TAN TANNING SOLUTION SAFE AROUND THE EYES, AND IS THERE AN EASY WAY TO FURTHER PROTECT THEM?

    Yes. Mystic Tan Tanning Myst has been thoroughly tested by a third-party lab and the results showed no eye or skin irritation. Mystic Tan Tanning Myst has been used in over 50 million tanning sessions with no reported adverse effects. Complying with the recommendations is as simple as wearing some type of eye cover.

  • IS MYSTIC TAN TANNING SOLUTION SAFE ON THE LIPS AND NASAL PASSAGES, AND IS THERE AN EASY WAY TO FURTHER PROTECT THEM?

    No adverse reactions have ever been reported to Mystic Tan. A simple way to comply with the FDA recommendations is to apply a protective coating of lip balm, Vaseline ®, or similar product to the lips. The nasal passages can be protected with an easy-to-use nose filter, supplied by your Mystic Tan provider.

  • HOW SAFE IS IT TO INGEST MYSTIC TAN TANNING SOLUTION AND HOW CAN I COMPLY WITH THE RECOMMENDATION TO PREVENT THIS FROM OCCURRING?

    While no one should purposely swallow Mystic Tan Tanning Myst, DHA is a non-hazardous compound and causes no adverse reaction in the quantities found in Mystic Tan Tanning Myst. DHA has been used as a diet supplement in sports nutrition and it is non-carcinogenic. Testing has further shown that DHA is less toxic than aspirin, caffeine, and even common table salt. Based on research, the maximum amount of DHA that could accidentally be ingested or breathed during a one-minute Mystic Tan sunless tanning session would be .05 milligrams (equivalent to less than one grain of common table salt). The easiest way to comply with the recommendations is to keep your mouth closed during the tanning session.

At Island Tan, our Mystic Tan spray booth is an authentic Mystic Tan Innovation 5000 spray booth. We only use Authentic Mystic Tan Tanning Myst so that our customers get the absolute best in sunless tanning!

  • HOW SAFE IS IT TO INHALE MYSTIC TAN TANNING SOLUTION AND HOW CAN I COMPLY WITH THE FDA RECOMMENDATION TO PREVENT THIS FROM OCCURRING?

    DHA has a health risk rating of “0-Minimal” and is not considered a toxic material. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established “Permissible Exposure Limits” (PEL) ratings that represent the allowable airborne concentration of a toxic material to which an employee can be exposed during an 8-hour shift without personal respirators. Basically, it represents the safe level of a known toxic material. For example, a toxic material with a health risk rating of “2-Moderate” and a PEL of 5 means that OSHA has established that it is safe for employees to work an 8-hour shift – the equivalent of almost 500 Mystic Tan tanning sessions – in an environment that has up to 5 parts per million (ppm) of that material in the air. The maximum DHA concentration (ppm) during an average Mystic Tan tanning session is only 3.2ppm for a total exposure time of one minute. To easily comply with the recommendations, simply use a nose filter during the tanning session.

  • WILL MAKERS OF SUNLESS TANNING SOLUTION SEEK APPROVAL FOR USING DHA AS A COLOR ADDITIVE IN MISTING APPLICATIONS?

    Mystic Tan will continue to do the testing and research necessary to earn a broader approval from the FDA, but the process is a long and expensive one. It took more than 10 years from the time Coppertone Tan® began selling it’s DHA sunless tanner, Quick Tan®, in the 1960’s until the FDA approved DHA as a color additive. In the meantime, you, as a consumer, should consider using the protective measures recommended by the FDA.

  • HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT THE MYST AT MY SALON IS SAFE?

    Don’t settle for less than the Authentic Mystic Tan Experience.

    • Authentic Mystic Tan Tanning Myst Solution
    • Mystic Tan UV-Free Tanning System Equipment
    • Mystic Tan Pre-Sunless, Sun-less, and Post-Sunless products.
  • Mystic Tan Tanning Myst has been specially formulated to work in Mystic Tan systems and our Tanning Myst has been thoroughly tested by third-party labs. Be sure to ask your Mystic Tan provider if they are using Authentic Mystic Tan Tanning Myst in their Mystic Tan system.