Single Tan- $7
3 Tans- $18
7 Tans- $ 44
10 Tans- $48 Great Value
1 MonthUnlimited- $50 Best Value
Spray Tan- $25
When should I get my spray tan and how long will it last?
Your darkest tan will show on the third day. For example, if you get a tan on Wednesday, your darkest tan
day will be Friday. You can get a spray tan just one time for a special event or you can visit us once a
week to maintain a year-round glow. Your tan can last up to a week depending on: how much time you
spend in the shower or bath, what products you use and how often you exercise and sweat.
How can I prepare for my spray tan?
It is best to shower and exfoliate skin with an oil-free exfoliant. Do any waxing, shaving, manicures or
pedicures at least 24 hours before your spray tan. Thick hair will act as a barrier so trim areas where
there is a lot of hair. If possible, come with clean skin and do not apply moisturizers, make-up, perfumes,
colognes or deodorant (although you may shower once you reach the salon, if you prefer). Bring
something loose and dark to wear after your spray tan, avoiding tight undergarments. Also, try to avoid
sweating and the rain immediately after being sprayed.
What can I expect when I visit Island Salon to get my tan?
You will get ready for your spray tan in a private room at our salon by getting undressed. You may
choose to wear your own underwear, a pair of our discreet paper panties, or nothing at all - whatever is
most comfortable for you. If you don't want tan lines you should skip undergarments. If you prefer to wear
your own undies or swim wear choose something dark colored - although the tinted self tanner washes
out of most fabrics it can stain silk, nylon and leather. If you have on nail polish or a light color on your
fingers and toes we will gently cover your nails with a thin coat of barrier cream to prevent discoloration.
We do encourage you to wear one of our shower caps to help protect your hair as well. We will then
discuss your preferred shade of skin color. The actual spray tan process only takes a few minutes. The
technician will show you step by step all the different positions to stand in as your body is coated in a
glorious new bronze. The tinted spray tan feels like a cool mist and you will immediately see color appear
on your skin. This initial color is attractive, and gets a little darker when you leave and the actual self
tanning product starts to work on your skin. After being sprayed you may notice that you feel a tiny bit
sticky. This very moisturized feeling goes away after about an hour. Don't worry if when you get home you
notice a little smudge where an item of clothing scuffed your spray tan; when you shower the sheeting
action of the water will even out the tan. You can choose anything from a healthy glowing tan to a deep
tan; although there is no 'color chart'. We will help guide you toward a choice that will work well with your
own natural skin color. Because the spray tan product works with your skin's natural chemistry, no two
people will have the exact same result. Our spray tan product is known for giving a natural, warm color -
not orange, yellow or ashy like some other self tanning products on the market.
After Care Instructions
For best results, wait at least 8-12 hours to shower after your spray tan session. Before you shower you
may look quite dark - after you shower, the tan will look quite natural. When showering, only use gels free
of mineral oil or alcohol. Do not scrub skin and pat gently to dry. During your shower you will see a tea
color rinsing off of your skin. Don't worry, your tan is still intact! This is just the color guide rinsing off and
is meant to happen. When you jump out of the shower take a look at yourself while you are still wet - if
any area looks uneven just blend it with your fingers then jump back in the shower for a second to allow it
to even out. Try to avoid touching your skin until after your shower. Also, avoid contact with pets because
the solution is made of sugar. Avoid hot tubs, swimming pools or soaking in water because this will make
your tan fade faster. To ensure the quality of your tan, we highly recommend using after care products
designed for sunless tans. Avoid moisturizers or sunscreens that contain mineral oil or petroleum. These
ingredients will cause your tan to turn orange. If you will be sleeping before your initial shower, place an
old towel over your pillow and old sheets on your bed to prevent any staining.
What if I think my hands and feet look lighter than the rest of my body?
We usually prefer to go a little lighter on the hands and feet, elbows and knees. These areas look better
with a lighter touch as the skin absorbs self tanner differently than the rest of your body. In our
experience, if your spray tan has been applied properly - your friends will simply notice that you look
great! However, if too much self tanner settles in your knuckles and between the fingers it can look
glaringly fake. For this reason, our technicians prefer to spray your hands and feet a little lighter than the
rest of your body and treat these areas with a whitening toothpaste.
My spray tan is starting to fade, how do I get it off?
Contrary to popular belief you can't just scrub off the spray tan. The spray tan is attached to the upper
layers of your skin and gently fades as your skin exfoliates. If you go into the shower with a grainy scrub
you will have very little success removing the tan. The thing to do is to take a long soak in a tub (saunas
and Jacuzzis are also great) the idea is to soften the skin and get it steamy. Then is the time to work with
a scrub, wash cloth, loofah or scrubbing mitt. We recommend sitting in bath-water with household baking
soda or using it as a gentle exfoliater in the shower after your skin has become very moist and soft.
How does a spray tan work?
Spray tan, or self tanner, DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is not a cosmetic. The active ingredient (DHA) occurs
naturally in sugar beets and has been approved for application to the skin since the 1950s. It is
considered a non-toxic and non-carcinogenic product. Most dermatologists highly recommend self
tanning as an easy alternative to the sun's harmful rays. The active ingredient soaks into the upper
layers of your skin and causes the superficial layers of the epidermis to oxidize. It is similar to the reaction
that occurs when you cut an apple and it turns brown.