Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately for us, Spray Tanning has a bad rap. Thankfully, solutions have come a long way – especially the solution we custom created and designed so that you walk away with a natural glow.
Why switch to UV Free Tanning?
Tanning, in its most unglamorous form, is simply the body's response to skin cell damage caused by ultraviolet light. Through a chain of cause-and-effect, exposure to UVA and UVB radiation stimulates the production of melanin, the skin's pigment, in a desperate attempt to protect the skin from further damage.
Unfortunately, as each layer of skin sheds every 2 to 3, newer cells will revert to their usual level of melanin, leaving the skin once again vulnerable to ultraviolet light. The cycle repeats itself, resulting in damaged skin that has lost its elasticity (i.e. tough, leathery, and prematurely wrinkled), 'liver spots', and a range of skin cancer conditions from basal cell to carcinoma, to melanoma. The reality is alarming - one out of every five North Americans will develop skin cancer.
But to the frequent tanner, the choice is simple....to go through life looking pasty-white, or to wear an enviable radiant brown coat of skin.
What is the active ingredient that turns you brown?
Our main ingredient is Beet Sugar which is a dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which reacts with the amino acids in the top layers of your skin turning it brown. DHA has been used in cosmetics for over 40 years and has been approved by FDA as a safe coloring ingredient.
Why not use Tanning Beds?
For a while, tanning beds, though expensive and time-consuming, seemed like an attractive alternative, and were touted as the healthy alternative to sun tanning. Unfortunately however, serious questions have now been raised as to the health risks associated with this method.
There are two types of ultraviolet rays that burn the skin - UVA and UVB. Of the two, UVB is the more harmful. Tanning beds claim to screen ultraviolet light. However this claim only applies to UVA.
The Skin Cancer Foundation states that more than 23 minutes per year in a tanning bed does irreparable harm. The radiation from tanning beds is 5 times the intensity of the noontime sun at the equator. One of the common side effects of 'bed tanning' is the development of spider veins: as the blood in your veins actually boils, it damages vascular structure, and results in unsightly discolouration.
A serious study of the hazards of ultraviolet light would lead you to be extremely cautious regarding exposure to ultraviolet light.
Will colour rub off on my clothes?
Until you shower, you may see a little of the bronzer come off on your clothes. The solution is water soluble, so washes out nicely. We recommend bringing dark, loose fitting clothing to wear after your session. Important: the bronzer has been known to stain leather, suede, silk, linen or fine materials.
Am I safe to go out in the sun with my spray tan?
No! You will still need to use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.
How can I make my tan last longer without going out in the sun?
For longer lasting results, follow the post-tanning instructions. We also suggest Tan On The Run’s Face & Body sprays that are designed for touch ups in between your tanning sessions. Make sure to use a quality moisturizer or a body butter to keep your skin nourished.