SUNLESS TANNING FAQ
PROBLEM AND CORRECTION QUESTIONS
We get this question often and honestly, it’s a matter
of personal preference. The Versa Spa and Airbrush Tanning,
both use similar solutions to produce a great sunless tan.
Some people prefer the privacy, speed, ease of use, and availability of the Versa Spa, while others prefer the personal attention to detail, that being in front of a skilled technician can provide.
If you require detail work done for photo shoots, custom highlighting effects, or bad tan line issues that require correction, we recommend airbrushing.
If you want a hassle free, all over, even tan, anytime, we recommend the Versa Spa.
No, not at all, and we are so confident in our services that
we offer a
No Orange Guarantee.
Other salons might make this claim, but will they guarantee it?
Both the Versa Spa and Airbrushing have three levels of intensity to choose from. We can guide you to the appropriate level, best suited to your skin type, resulting in a natural tan colour, without looking like a streaked pumpkin.
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How long will the tan last?
Sunless tans have the strongest colour the first 3-4 days, and
then gradually start fading, usually lasting 5-7 days, sometimes
Results can vary depending on several conditions such as dry skin, exposure to water, excess perspiration and after care. See the section on Enhancing and Extending your Tan.
No!, the Versa Spa is unique, and represents the next generation of improved technology. If you’ve ever tried any other spray tan before and thought, I’ll never do that again, or were unsatisfied, we understand completely, but don’t give up on the concept. Try the Versa Spa, and you’ll see the differences.
You’ll notice both a dramatic improvement in your comfort level during the session, and superior results afterwards. A recent survey of frequent spray tan users, voted the Versa Spa "Best Spray Tan"
The Versa Spa, and the methods we use at Kix Tanning, address all the problem issues that result from over saturating the skin, and improper use of barrier creams.
The Versa Spa is voice activated, and has an open design; you are not enclosed in a booth, breathing in excess mist.
The Versa Spa mist feels very light on your skin, yet covers the body evenly, because of static technology. The spray lasts for only 3 seconds on your front, and 3 seconds on your back, versus 30 seconds of cold saturation, for front and back coverage with Mystic Tan.
The Versa Spa has an automatic dry cycle that leaves you completely dry, immediately after your session. No need to rub in, or towel dry excess solution, and drip lines, like other machines.
As an exclusive added service, for Kix Tanning clients, we provide foot and hand covers to wear during your session. These eliminate the guess work involved by using barrier cream, and prevent the sure sign of a sunless tan gone wrong, orange hands and feet!. They block the sunless solutions from penetrating your palms and the soles of your feet.
After your session is finished, and you are redressed, we hand spray only the tops of your hands and feet, so there are no surprises 6-8 hours later.
Yes, it’s specifically designed for hard to tan individuals; this is a cosmetic tan that will look great on any skin type. If you want really dramatic dark results, and your base is very pale, you might have to do more than one session.
Yes, the whole session including undressing and redressing, takes about 10 minutes to complete, the solution dries very quickly, and your skin will feel normal. Note: You will see a visible difference in skin tone, and you will continue to darken more, as the day goes on.
Yes, you can, but too many sunless sessions on top of each other,
without proper exfoliation in between, can cause uneven patches
where a build up of colour can occur.
If you exfoliate well, prior to each session, you can maintain a sunless tan for as long as you wish.
We do recommend you allow your skin to return to its normal state for a few days, after four weeks in a row of sunless treatments, especially if you still have residual colour left or dry skin.
Moisturizing regularly is essential for frequent sunless tanners; all DHA products, when used over extended periods, can have a drying effect on the skin.
Yes, they work very well together. UV tanners love the way the
Versa Spa can get them started with an immediate boost, or
add to their existing tan, fast. If your doing both in the same
day, use your UV session first, than follow with the Versa Spa.
No, the Versa Spa solutions leave a pleasant smell afterwards.
Our airbrush formula is lightly scented with Green Tea Extract.
If your one of the few who notices a sour smell after a sunless session, it’s just the DHA processing, and it will be gone after your first shower. California Tan makes a great product called Neutralizer for those susceptible, that you spray directly on the skin 30 minutes after a sunless treatment to neutralize any odour.
It is unlikely you would get a reaction from our sunless solutions. If you have experienced, a reaction from any other sunless product before, or you want to be sure, we suggest you come in for a free patch test first.
Since the Versa Spa is a private session, most people tan naked, or wear a small bottom to create an appealing tan line. Another choice is an old bathing suit, or under garments. If you wear anything during your session, you will develop a tan line where any skin is covered.
The sunless solutions will easily wash out of cotton fabrics; however we do not recommend you wear your best light coloured lingerie, favourite bathing suit, or anything made with wool, nylon, or silk, as these fabrics can stain permanently.
Bring loose fitting, dark coloured clothing to wear, after your sunless treatment, and flip flops for the feet work well, weather permitting.
The same applies as with the Versa Spa. The only difference is that an airbrush tan is applied by a professional technician.
Yes, if you have a pacemaker, you can not use the Versa Spa. The electro-static technology omits a small electrical charge, not felt by the human body, but could interrupt the normal rhythm of a pacemaker device.
If you are pregnant, please consult your physician first.
I have eczema patches on my arms and hands; can I still get a sunless tan?
It’s not recommended if you have many infected areas that flake, or peel. Any dry patches tend to absorb more solution, and can come off blotchy after a couple of days. If you only have a few small areas, cover them with a bit of barrier cream during the session, and moisturize those areas frequently after your first shower.
Yes, it’s a great alternative before any vacation, or special event. It’s wonderful to feel comfortable in your summer clothing, immediately upon arrival, anywhere.
Please Note; a sunless tan does not provide any protection from UV exposure. Your tan may look very real, but it’s only cosmetic. Be sure to use proper sunscreen, as you would normally if you didn’t have a tan.
No, but any prolonged exposure to water can have an affect on how many days your tan will last. To extend the life of your colour, take shorter dips and moisturize afterwards.
PROBLEM AND CORRECTION QUESTIONS
It’s common for face colour to be the first to diminish. Check your facial cleanser and moisturizers to see if they contain AHA, BHA, or other exfoliating ingredients that could be stripping your tan.
We have great products to boost facial tans. Try Bronze Shimmer Powder, Face Perfector by CT, or Brown Sugar Sunless Airbrush Spray, for fast facial touch ups.
Use a soft sided nail buff or sponge file, and gently file off the excess, or a pumice stone works well too.
These stains can be difficult to remove safely, but here are a few suggestions, and tips:
If the stains haven’t completely set yet, use an antibacterial soap with a nail brush or any brush, and vigorously scrub your palms.
Once the stains are set, try a mechanic’s soap, or a paste made of water and baking soda, and wash palms several times.
Wet a cotton ball, or gauze, with hydrogen peroxide, and let it soak in your palms for a few minutes, then rinse off any residue. The hydrogen peroxide must be less than six months old, otherwise it won’t be effective, and sometimes it’s a delayed reaction.
Body Hair Bleach, found at any drug store works very well.
Do not try all these suggestions at the same time; as your palms will be raw.
Do not use household bleach on your skin. Some say that Windex works, but we don’t recommend using any household cleaners.
Next time you apply a sunless product at home, use rubber, or surgical gloves, or stop every five minutes during application, and scrub your palms with soap and hot water.
Or, if you just can’t get it right, try the Versa Spa or an airbrush tan, and leave it to the experts at Kix Tanning.
If your sunless tan is not coming off evenly it’s probably a result of poor exfoliation prior to your session, or a few other possibilities.
If you used sugar/oil or salt/oil exfoliates before your session, they can leave a residue that can cause spotting, if not completely removed before your sunless treatment.
Tight fitting clothes that cause friction, mixed with excess perspiration can cause rub off.
Spraying perfumes containing alcohol, directly on your skin can also cause spotting. Spray fragrances behind your neck or on clothing instead.
The products you use on your skin could also be the problem. Try changing what soap or moisturizer you use, and see if that helps. Some say Dove Body Wash can cause sunless tans to go spotty.
The best thing to do is gently exfoliate the tan and start fresh.
First, don’t panic, it’s easy to fix. Rub baby oil
evenly on your skin, let it soak in a bit, then have a long bath
or shower. Each time you do this you will loose a bit of colour.
You can also use a sunless primer, and gently, but evenly exfoliate with a wash cloth in the shower.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, EMAIL THEM DIRECTLY TO OUR IN-HOUSE SUNLESS EXPERT. ASK PAT @