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Tips on Getting a Spray Tan

Updated on June 13, 2016
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The Mystic Spray Tan

The Mystic Tan Booth may be the most common spray unit found in tanning salons today. Customers who use it, love it, because of the beautiful natural tan glow it leaves on your skin. This unit utilizes a spray-on process designed to deliver a flawless tanning application.

People get spray tans for many reasons. For people who have a skin type I, it is their only option as their skin will not tan. Many people have an important event such as a wedding, prom, beauty pageant, or trip and they need to be tan the next day. Still others prefer spray tan to tanning in a bed, because it only takes 60 seconds and a tan is achieved on the spot.

To learn more about the different skin types, go Know Your Skin Type.

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Important Tips Before

A couple of things to remember before going to the salon for a spray tan:

  • Take a shower at home and exfoliate the skin with a sponge or scrub brush. You are also removing any lotion or other products you have used from the skin.
  • Wear dark clothing that you ar not concerned about staining, as any excess solution accidentally left on the skin can get on your clothing and cause a stain.

Basic Steps

Here are the basic steps in getting a sunless tan in the Mystic Tan Booth:

  1. Inside the mystic tan room, simply disrobe, place hairnet on so that hairline is exposed and ears are covered.
  2. Place cotton or noseplugs in nostrils, position goggles on eyes and use barrier cream provided on dry areas and areas of the skin where there are creases, such as the wrists and hands, around the feet and toes, knees and elbows.
  3. Enter the booth and locate the green button. Stand with arms extended out and legs shoulder width apart. With the push of a button, the session begins with a fine mist of aloe-vera enriched sunless tanning solution being sprayed through patented Magna-Tan nozzles.
  4. Stand facing the nozzles until the spray stops, then turn for your backside to be sprayed. Remember to keep your arms extended and in the same position so that both sides are sprayed.
  5. Exit the booth and dry your entire body thoroughly with a towel. Do not be afraid of rubbing off the solution - it has already been absorbed. Drying off completely is the most important step, as excess solution on your skin will leave uneven coloring.
  6. You are done! Your tan will develop over the next few hours. If you notice any areas that are too dark, simply rub them with a wet washcloth - this is excess solution on the surface of the skin. Wait at least 4 hours before showering.

* Most salons provide a thin hairnet, noseplugs or cotton, towels, and barrier cream. Goggles usually must be purchased.

Important Tips After

The Mystic Tan is advertised to last up to 7 days. As your skin cells shed, so does your tan. To make your spray tan last as long as possible, there are a couple of things you can do:

  • Use a tan extender or a good quality moisturiing lotion, as dry skin will shed more quickly.
  • Also, when showering, do not scrub your skin, wash gently.

This video shows how to get a Mystic spray tan.

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    • Paradise7 profile image


      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I never got a spray tan but I might now.

    • Rosie writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie writes 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks eHealer. It's been so humid here in Virginia, being outside can be intolerable, so I'm not getting as much sun as I used to. I can imagine that the high temps where you are must be challenging when planning to do things outdoors.

    • eHealer profile image


      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Rosie, great hub. Yes, I have had the tan, but after moving to Las Vegas it is kind of "not needed." At 112 degrees most days this summer, I tan in the car, and for brief trips to the swimming pool I am brown. In the winter months though, I just might consider it again. Thanks for a great job! Voted up!

    • Rosie writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie writes 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I do the spray tan every summer, a few times and really like the results. I never feel the need to lay in the sun and no tan lines!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Great hub! I always thought there was someone in a room spraying you, not a machine. I absolutely love a tan, but can get overly obsessive about it and my skin is now paying for all of my tanning years. I might have to try this!


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