Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find well-researched answers to all your spray tan questions and specific information about tanning sessions with BRONZED BY B. Let's get glowing!
How does a spray tan work?
The active ingredient in solution is called DHA (dihydroxyacetone) don't worry this sounds scared but it entirely safe and FDA approved under proper application!
DHA is a simple carbohydrate that be be found in sugar beets and sugar cane. When DHA comes in contact with the outermost layer of skin it interacts with amino acids (proteins), causing a browning effect - the lovely natural tan colour we desire.
A spray tan does not dye the skin. The immediate colour you see is a bronzing colour guide that helps the technician and allows you to instantly see colour!
DHA starts to react with the skin within 1 hour of application and continues to do so for 8-12 hours regardless of type of tan or rinse time.
Will a spray tan turn me orange or streaky?
Absolutely not! Our solutions re made with luxury grade DHA that is ethically sourced and imported from Paris and our Spray Tan Artist is Master-Certified.
Orange-hued tan worries generally stem from a poorly applied spray tan, low grade solution, or clients leaving on solutions far too long over recommended times.
Rest assured your skin tone will be colour matched and your application skillfully applied ensuring your tan dreams come to life.
How long will tan last?
This depends on several factors including your skin type, skin cycle, lifestyle and adherence to aftercare recommendations. It will generally last between 5-12 days.
Females near their monthly cycle will notice the tan won't get as deep or last as long. To combat this, stretch your rinse time by 30 mins.
Remember, the DHA in the solution reacts with your skin to tan the outermost layer, which is what we know as dead skin cells ... you don't want dead skin cells hanging around too long! Happy and healthy skin, stays tan longer. Stay hydrated + enjoy the glow until it's time to scrub down and see us again.
*For tips on longevity of results, please visit the PRE/POST TAN CARE page.
What is the difference between a REGULAR/RAPID Tan?
We have transitioned to be fully custom. Each solution blend can function as a RAPID or REGULAR, depending on consultation.
RAPID TAN - application can be rinsed in 1-5 hours depending on depth of tan desired (which we discuss). Very convenient option for people on the go - as you can rinse much sooner than a regular tan application. No getting wet until after your initial rinse.
Your rinse is a WARM WATER ONLY rinse - no soap. Pat dry and skip lotion until the following day as your tan is still developing. It will look quite light after initial rinse, as it develops over 12 hours.
REGULAR TAN - application is to be left on the skin for 8+ hour before initial rinse. No getting wet until after initial rinse.
Your rinse is also a WARM WATER ONLY rinse - no soap. Pat dry and lotion/body oil right away.
If you have an evening appointment, you may choose to sleep in loose fitting clothing and rinse your tan in the morning. It is not advised to leave your tan on LONGER than overnight. It may cause the tone to go unnatural.
Do I still need to use SPF protection?
Yes. Your spray tan does not protect you and neither will a tanning bed. It is very important to remember to apply + reapply your SPF!
Note: A tanning bed only damages your skin, giving you a false sense of safety in different climates.
Is sunless tanning safe for pregnant and/or breastfeeding women?
Yes. Many moms to be and new moms take advantage of sunless tanning!
DHA is FDA approved for this demographic and solutions used by BRONZED BY B will always be the most safe options in the industry. A list of ingredients is available and it is requested you consult your doctor for the go ahead for extra peace of mind prior to booking your first session.
Why do my hands and face fade faster?
The delicate skin on our hands/faces are more exposed environmentally.
We wash these areas very often and are often using products such as: toners, anti-aging serums, retinols, etc. To combat this fading remember to hydrate your face and consider using a gradual tan facial mist in between tans. Check out our must have Tan Spritz!
How should I prepare for my tan appointment?
It is very important to exfoliate the day or evening before your session. Exfoliating properly is key in helping prep your skin to prolong your flawless time.
Please arrive for your tanning session with NO: lotions, oil, deodorant, makeup, or perfumes on the skin. Baby wipes provided for removal of light deodorant/makeup.
FOR FULL PREP INSTRUCTIONS PLEASE READ: Pre/Post Tan Care
I have an event coming up, when should I schedule my tan?
Consider a trial tan to experiment with colour depth and get used to pre and post tan care!
Your event tan should be booked 1-3 days prior to your event and AFTER any other beauty appointments. For brides, we recommend 2-3 days prior. 2 days being ideal.
How long does the appointment take?
Your session is booked for 20 minutes. The actual process will generally be around 10-15 minutes.
It is important to be on time and we appreciate staying on track for all of our lovely clients!!
What should I wear to my session/during my application/after?
It is best to wear loose fitting, dark clothing to your session. You can always pack these items to wear home after your tan is applied.
Our solutions are water soluble and if any bronzer does get on your clothes, sheets, etc. the likelihood of it washing out is almost certain *we just can't legally say 100%*
Women, you are more than welcome to wear as little or as much as you are comfortable in during your application. This can be nude, a bikini, sports bra, thong only, hipster briefs, etc. Be mindful what you tan in well leave tan lines. Men, you must wear underwear or swimwear.
How often can I get a spray tan?
It depends! It is absolutely possible to get a spray tan application every week. Although, the maintenance required can be high and sometimes your skin cycle will want to hold onto that older tan and make a fresh canvas difficult to achieve with exfoliation.
Check our pricing section for packages, discounts, and promotions for frequent tanning. We want you to get the very best service and value for your money!
Why do some sunless tans start to become patchy when they fade?
It is important to note not all of your skin cells will shed at the same rate during their natural shedding process. Ouu science!! You may have some "tanned" cells that remain or last longer than the others and area where sweat is more present can patch if you don't remember to stay hydrated inside + out.
To counteract, patchy areas - keep moisturized with a hydrating oil or lotion.
TIP: If you find your under arm area, for example, is a bit patchy as your tan fades - scrub lightly at the edges and moisture to extend your tan.
What is the advantage of having a custom spray tan vs going to a tan booth?
Certified tan technicians control the amount of solution applied to areas like the face, hands, feet, etc that need to appear more natural and know posing angle for optimal application! Booths won't tell you they missed an angle or blend out your hands with finishing powder for flawless results.
Another note, the breathing situation is much better, you can breathe normally and not worry about solution being sprayed out in a mass mist hoping you are in the right position!!
Spray booths tend to have low grade DHA solutions with scent to mask harsh chemicals and we are on a mission to NOT sacrifice our health in the name of beauty services.
I can't get to your location. Do you do mobile tans?
Mobile tans are subject to schedule availability. Please contact directly.
What is your cancellation policy?
Life happens and sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise! Please advise us 24-48 hours prior to your tan appointment for cancellations/rescheduling whenever possible. This allows us to fill your space and ensure everyone looking for a glow gets in!
The mandatory booking deposit charged when booking is non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule the fee is kept on file to use when you are able.
You may be charged a $10.00 fee if less than 24 hours notice is given and your deposit forfeited. This is on a case by case under our discretion. No shows will result in full charge of service. We appreciate your adherence to this important policy.