What are the primary components in the Mystic Tan® tanning solution?
The solution has three primary components: bronzer, DHA, and aloe vera.
The bronzer is a water-soluble cosmetic dye designed to produce an instant tan. The bronzer tan remains on the skin until it is washed off in a shower or bath. The brown bronzer color can be seen in the bath water but will not stain because it is completely water-soluble.
The DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is the component that creates the longer-term tanning effect. DHA is a safe, simple molecule that has been used in food and cosmetics for decades. When applied to the skin, DHA reacts with the proteins and amino acids in the skin’s superficial layer to form a golden brown color. It will begin to darken 2 to 3 hours after application, but it reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The DHA color and intensity will be very close to that produced initially by the bronzer. The DHA tan will begin to fade within 4 to 5 days. To maintain an optimal tan, an individual should tan every 4 to 5 days.
The aloe vera liquid is a natural moisturizer that comprises over 65% of the total solution.
What should I wear in the Mystic Tan® tanning booth?
Many people don’t wear anything. The room is completely private, and if you would like to tan in the nude, it is perfectly acceptable. However, if you do wear a bathing suit, underwear, or anything else, please be aware that whatever you wear may become stained. The bronzer used for your initial color is water-soluble and should wash out of anything you wear, but the DHA contained in the solution may cause permanent stains on any clothing you wear inside the booth.
If I tan in the Mystic Tan® tanning booth, can I also tan in tanning beds and in the sun?
Yes. There is nothing in the Mystic Tan® tanning solution that would prevent you from tanning in tanning beds or in the sun. In fact, a number of customers have found that tanning with UV rays and the Mystic Tan® tanning solution actually gives them a better overall tan. If you do plan to use a tanning bed and the Mystic Tan® booth in the same day, we recommend that you tan in the tanning bed first. Remember, however, that the Mystic Tan® tan does not provide any protection from UV rays.
Will I be wet when I step out of the Mystic Tan® tanning booth?
The mist applied in the Mystic Tan® tanning booth is very fine, much like the mist floating in the air on a foggy day. By the time you step out of the booth, most of the mist will have dried, but there may still be a few moist areas on the skin. You may see small droplets clinging to body hair on your arms or legs. This remaining moisture can be removed quite easily by toweling dry. Do not worry about wiping off the solution with the towel. Toweling does not streak the tan and any solution that comes off on the towel was excess and will not lessen or otherwise affect your tan. Just towel off the same way you do when you take a shower. Be sure you have toweled off all moist areas before dressing.
How long after a Mystic Tan® tanning session before I can put my clothes back on?
Once you have towel dried there is little chance of the bronzer or DHA getting on your clothes. If you pursue any strenuous physical activity after your Mystic Tan® tanning session, perspiration may cause some of the bronzer to transfer to your clothing. Since the bronzer is completely water-soluble, it will wash out.
How long do I have to wait after a Mystic Tan® tanning session before I can take a shower?
We recommend that you wait at least 4 hours after tanning to give the DHA enough time to fully set. If you shower earlier, you may diminish the intensity of the tan. When you do shower, the initial tan created by the water-soluble bronzer will wash off, but the DHA will remain and create your long-term tan.
Can I go swimming after tanning in the Mystic Tan® booth?
You should not swim or shower for a minimum of 4 hours after tanning in the Mystic Tan® booth. Swimming in chlorinated water at any time can bleach the Mystic Tan® and possible cause streaking.
Because of my fair skin, I have never been able to tan before. Will the Mystic Tan® tanning booth give me a tan?
Yes. The Mystic Tan® tanning booth was designed specifically for individuals who cannot or do not want to tan conventionally.
Will it turn me orange?
No! In the past, self-tanners gave many individuals an unnatural orange glow and caused streaking. Most of these undesirable results were caused by improper or ineffective application techniques. Applying cremes and lotions by hand usually results in excessive amounts being absorbed in the skin. Excessive amounts applied in a single application can give an orange glow to the skin. Unnatural dark spots may also appear in dry or thick skin areas such as elbows, knees, and knuckles because they have a tendency to absorb more of the creme or lotion. Hand held spray-on applicators tend to run and cause streaking. The misting technology used to apply the Mystic Tan® tanning solution assures that all areas of the body receive a uniform coating of the solution in the exact amount necessary to produce a golden brown tan.
Has anyone had an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the Mystic Tan® tanning solution?
All of the components of the Mystic Tan® tanning solution have been used in cosmetics and food products for decades and have been proven to be safe for use on the skin. If you have had previous allergic reactions to self-tanning lotions or cosmetics, you may want to do a “patch test” by putting a small amount of Mystic Tan® solution on a small area of skin to test for possible reactions.
Are there ways to enhance the Mystic Tan® results?
Yes. Applying a water-based moisturizer prior to tanning helps the skin absorb the Mystic Tan® tanning solution. Using a moisturizer frequently will help the tan last longer. You should not apply any moisturizers or lotions to the skin after tanning until the DMA has had time to set, usually 4 to 6 hours. Certain types of moisturizers or lotions applied during this period could cause streaking of the DHA.
Who should use the Mystic Tan® booth?
Everyone! Self-Tanners, Non-Tanners, ExTanners & Current Tanners