Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What preparation do I need to carry out for my spray tan?
A. You should shower and exfoliate your skin well prior to receiving a spray tan (For best results exfoliate the skin 2-3 days consecutively prior to receiving your spray tan)
Do not apply any moisturiser, deodorant or perfume before your spray tan session as these can interfere with the tanning solution on the skin.
Preferably shave or wax 8 hours prior to spray tan session.
Bring dark loose clothing and flip flops to wear afterwards.
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Q. What should I wear for my spray tan?
A. You can wear as much or as little as you like. For men we would suggest dark swim trunks or boxer shorts. For women, a dark bikini or dark bra and g-string. However, you are perfectly welcome to have your tan topless or nude and many people do.
Q. Will I go orange or streaky with a spray tan?
A. No. Orangeness is the result of tanning pills, and older tanning agents. A professional spray tan with modern tanning agents avoids this, and streakiness is caused by improper application of home tanning creams and sprays - which is why you should always let a professional apply your tan.
Q. Is spray tanning safe?
A. Yes! DHA has been approved for cosmetic use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Canadian Health Ministry and most of the EU member nations. It is considered nontoxic and noncarcinogenic. When applied to the skin, DHA penetrates only the top layer of skin — it does not absorb into the body or bloodstream DHA based Sunless tanning has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Organization, American Academy of Dermatology, Canadian Dermatology Association, The American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association.
Q. How long does a spray tan last?
A. Your body constantly 'sloughs off' dead skin cells. This is why natural sun tans fade over a few days. Spray tanning only affects the outer skin layer, so again, as your skin cells are naturally shed, the spray tan will fade. Your tan should last 5-10 days, typically 7 days, but longer if you look after your skin by moisturising every day. However, we cannot offer a guarantee as everyone is different.
Q. Why is Aloe Vera not a good ingredient in sunless tanning products?
A. We all know Aloe Vera is a good ingredient in many skincare products. It has great moisturizing properties. And since the DHA in sunless tanners tends to dry out the skin, most sunless solutions contain Aloe Vera. But don't be fooled into thinking that it's good in sunless tanners. It's not.
Fact is, Aloe Vera is an oil-based ingredient. Such solutions are thick, sticky, and can take up to 20 minutes to dry-even in front of a fan.
In addition to slow drying times, Aloe Vera can clog pores, causing acne breakouts. Because of its very thick and sticky consistency.
Brilliant Tan has taken a very different approach. To counter the drying effect of DHA, we use special emollients that leave the skin feeling nicely moisturized, without adding any Aloe Vera. Brilliant Tan sunless solutions are oil-free and dries in seconds-not minutes.
Q. I am diabetic, is spray tanning safe for me?
A. DHA is a chemical derived from glycerin and was first used in the treatment of diabetes, as some diabetics are better able to tolerate DHA than glucose in their treatment! So basically, yes you can have a sunless spray tan.
Q. Is a spray tan safe for pregnant woman?
A. Sunless tanning solutions have not been tested on pregnant women. If you think you might be pregnant and you want to use this product, consult your physician first to get written permission prior to application to allow use of our sunless tanning products.