Q. How does spray tanning actually work?

A. DHA (dihydroxyacetone) solution is sprayed directly on the client’s skin. It is derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane, and by the fermentation of glycerin. The DHA reacts with protein in the stratum corneum (the outermost surface of the skin). When these two oxidize together they create a brown color. Varying percents of DHA levels are present in different spray tanning solutions.

Q. Is spray tanning safe?

A. Spray tanning is one of the safest methods of tanning on the market today. DHA has been approved by the FDA for external use.

The FDA guidelines recommend:

Use of Protective Undergarments

Use of Nose Filters

Use of Lip Balm

Use of Protective Eyewear.

Raving Tans provides lip, eye, and nose protection and a well ventilated tanning area in order to limit any possible inhalation.

Currently, there are no studies on the inhalation of tanning solution having any effect.  Some health concerns with spray tanning solutions are the other 40 ingredients you can easily find in some of the solutions on the market. This is why Raving Tans has committed to only using all organic products.

Q. What type of solution is used for my tan?

A. There are a lot of different tanning solutions on the market for tanning technicians to choose from. Raving Tans ONLY uses a 100% organic, all natural, alcohol, paraben, odor and fragrance free, aloe based moisturizing formula that contains dihydroxyacetone (DHA), aloe vera, vegetable based glycerine, white tea extract, grapefruit seed extract, citric acid and the darkest bronzer available. Raving Tans also offers a clear solution for clients that prefer not to use bronzers.

Q. What do I wear to my tanning session?

A. You can tan however you are most comfortable. Bikini, only bottoms, or your birthday suit! It’s your choice! Men on the other hand must be covered.

Q. How long does the spray tanning process take?

A. The spray tanning process is very quick. There is little prep and the actual tanning takes about 5-10 min. Appointments take no longer than 30 min. start to finish.

Q. How long will my spray tan last?

A. The average spray tan lasts 7-10 days. Raving Tans will give you all the tips and tricks in order to extend the life of your tan.

Q. Will I turn ORANGE?!

A. NO! Tanning solutions have come a long way in the last decade. The solution Raving Tans uses is a mixture of dark and clear tanning product. As a certified spray tan technician, I will assess your skin tone and recommend a formula that will enhance your look rather than change your skin tone to something that is unnatural.

Q. How long after my spray tan do I wait before I can shower?

A. You must wait 6 hours. My recommendation is to wait 8-10 hours to even further decrease the chance of any streaking during your first shower.

Q. Is spray tanning safe while pregnant?

A. This will always be a question I leave up to the client and their doctor. Since Raving Tans only uses organic products, I would have to say that it is the safest way to give your baby bump a little color. The only thing you should remember is that DHA is approved by the FDA for external use only and although there are not any studies showing any reason for concern, it’s better to protect yourself as much as possible. I would suggest keeping panties on and applying the lip protection for extra security while pregnant.

Q. Where do I go for my tanning session?

A. Raving Tans is home based in North County, San Diego and is fully mobile for tanning parties, single tanning sessions and special events upon request.

Q. How do tanning parties work?

A. Get a group of people ready to be bronzed and Raving Tans will come to you! Raving Tans provides a pop up spray tanning tent and can easily set up in your home. There is a slightly different charge for spray tanning parties because it includes a travel fee. If the party consists of 6 or more the host(ess) will receive a free tan! Discounts are available for larger parties.