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In-Salon Automated Sunless Spray Tan

Will my skin look orange?
No. The advanced technology currently used in sunless tanning solutions is designed to ensure a natural, bronze tan. The salon staffer can help you select the proper level of tanning solution to best match your skin tone.
What is Sunless Spray Tanning?
Sunless spray tanning is the spray/mist application of Sunless tanning solution to your body. When applied, DHA (the active ingredient in Sunless tanning solution) reacts with the proteins in the skin’s superficial layer to form a golden brown color. Your skin begins to darken two to three hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The color will gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun.
Are any sunless tanning products on the market 100% organic?
No. It is not unusual for Sunless tanning products to contain over 20 ingredients, yet only one is authorized by the FDA to provide a sunless tanning effect on the skin – DHA (Dihydroxyacetone). Although DHA is naturally derived, to date there is No 100% certified organic DHA ingredient on the market. You may see products with claims such as, “includes natural/organic ingredients”, which may be an accurate claim, but that does not mean the entire product nor the tanning agent is 100% Certified Organic. For Ecocert’s official statement regarding organic DHA please visit
How should I prepare for my Sunless Spray Tanning Session?
Exfoliate and shave the day before or the day of the sunless spray tanning session (day before is preferred). The day of the Sunless spray tanning session refrain from using moisturizers, perfumes, lotions, oils or deodorants that may create a barrier between the skin and the Sunless tanning solution. You may resume using these after your first shower or bath. Get Tips & Tricks to ensure flawless results
How long should I wait after a session before showering?
To give the DHA enough time to fully set, it is recommended to wait a minimum of 4 hours after a sunless spray tanning session or 8 hours for optimal results. Showering sooner may diminish the intensity of the tan. If you tan using an Instant Cosmetic Bronzer, the Instant Cosmetic Color will wash off in the shower, but the color produced by the DHA will remain.
Will swimming affect my tan?
Swimming in chlorinated water or salt water can fade the Sunless Spray Tanning results, cause possible streaking and will diminish the length of your tan. However, normal activities such as bathing, showering or physical activities will not affect the quality of the tan.
Does Sunless Spray Tanning Solution have any smell after contact with my skin?
Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless spray tanning solution use a breakthrough odor control technology designed to virtually eliminate the odor that may be present when the solution interacts with the skin.
Will the bronzing formula stain my clothing?
No, the sunless spray tanning solution which includes a cosmetic bronzer is water soluble and will be removed after the next wash in cold water. However, in some instances, the DHA in the tanning solution may permanently stain undergarments worn during the spray session.
How long does Sunless Spray Tanning last?
A Sunless Spray Tan can last up to 7 days depending on the formulation you choose and the condition of your skin.
Are there ways to enhance the Sunless Spray Tanning results?
Yes, all Mystic Tan in-home products are created to enhance and extend Professional Sunless Spray Tanning results. Over the counter products are not formulated for Sunless Tanning. They may block the tan’s application, impede the development process, and create uneven post-tan fading. Ask your Salon Professional about MysticTan’s complete line of in-home Sunless Products to enhance and extend the life of your Professional Sunless Spray Tan.
What ingredients are in your spray tan solutions?
Click here for a full list of ingredients.

DHA, the Key Ingredient in Sunless Tan Products

What is DHA?
The active ingredient most often used in all sunless tanners including tinted moisturizers, self-tanners, and spray tan solution is called Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA. DHA is a carbohydrate (monosaccharide sugar) compound approved by the FDA for use in externally applied sunless tanning solutions. For misting applications, the FDA recommends protective measures to prevent eye contact, inhalation or ingestion. DHA is often derived from a vegetable source like beets or sugar cane. The FDA added DHA to the list of approved colors for cosmetic products in the 1970s.
Is the DHA in Sunless Spray Tanning solution safe to use?
The FDA has approved DHA for external application to the skin. For misting applications, the FDA recommends protective measures to prevent eye contact, inhalation or ingestion. To ensure complete protection, the FDA suggests wearing protective eyewear, nose filters, ear plugs, lip balm, and undergarments.
Is Sunless Spray Tanning Solution recommended for people with skin sensitivities or allergies?
This product is safe, however, for those with skin sensitivities or allergies, it is recommended to consult a health care professional before using the product.
What happens if Sunless Spray Tanning solution gets in the eyes?
FDA recommends that DHA not be used in the eyes or surrounding area. Protective eyewear is recommended and can be supplied by the salon. If eyes feel irritated, gently splash with water. For additional questions or if irritation persists, consult a health care professional.
What happens if Sunless Spray Tanning solution is inhaled?
FDA recommends that DHA not be inhaled. Nose filters are recommended, which can be supplied by the salon. For additional questions or if irritation persists, consult a health care professional.
What is the Sunless Spray Tan (FDA) advisory?
The FDA advises that users avoid inhaling or ingesting DHA or letting the spray get into the eyes. When using DHA-containing products as an all-over spray or mist, it may be difficult to avoid exposure in a manner for which DHA is not approved, including the area of the eyes, lips, or mucous membrane, or internally. The FDA recommends protective measures to eliminate eye contact, inhalation or ingestion during a spray tan session, such as: Eye protection Nose filters Ear plugs Lip balm Undergarments For additional questions or concerns regarding DHA, consult a health care professional To understand the complete FDA position on DHA, visit the FDA website

At-Home Sunless Tan Products

What is the scent in the Mystic Tan at-home product line?
Fresh Scent, the most popular Myxer scent among our everyday scents. The scent is a mixture of leafy-greens with Mediterranean citruses, raspberry, plums and pears combined with exotic woods and further enhanced with vanilla and musk.
What is the duration of the tan for each product?
The duration of the tan depends on frequency of product use as well as how the tan is maintained. The gradual tan lotions should be used on a daily basis (even AM and PM), to build the tan to optimal color and also to maintain a tan. The spray bronzers are formulated for a darker, extended tan that can last up to a week.
What does non-comedogenic mean?
Is skin-care product or cosmetic that is specially formulated so as not to cause blocked pores
What is the difference in the Bronzer Spray tan compared to the Lotion tan?
The Bronzer Spray gives a double punch of instant cosmetic color plus a dark extended tan that can last up to a week. The Bronzer Lotion give a double punch of instant cosmetic color plus gradually builds a tan when used daily. The Gradual Tan Lotion builds natural color day-by-day when used daily.
How do you increase/decrease the intensity of the Sun-Kyssed and Mocha-Kyssed Bronzer Spray?
To increase the intensity of the bronzer, spray multiple layers until desired depth of color. To decrease the intensity, spray the bronzer further away than the recommended 6-8 inches.
What’s the difference in the tone of the bronzers?
The Sun-Kyssed Bronzer has a warm, red undertone and the Mocha-Kyssed Bronzer has a warm, brown undertone.
How do I know what skin type to recommend the different bronzer tones?
This chart may help the tan, however feel free to experiment. Find the perfect product for your skin type
How long does the Mystic Tan Sun-Kyssed and Mocha-Kyssed Bronzer Spray last?
The length of the tan can last up to one week depending on the maintenance of the tan. The more moisturized the skin is, the longer the tan can last.
How many (full body) applications from Bronzing Mist or Spa Butter?
It really depends on the size of the person and how much product is used.
Will the Mitt really improve the quality of the tan?
The Applicator Mitt assures an easy, even and mess-free application for a perfect sunless tan. The risk for user error of streaking is much less with the Applicator Mitt.
Will Sparx be popular year-round or just during Holidays?
Absolutely not! Women like to be glam all year round, adding a finished look to their style, anytime of year.
Is the stick the exact same thing as a Contouring stick?
Not exactly; there are many Contouring Sticks in the market. What is unique to our Bronzer Stick is that it not only accentuates the tan it also has a creamy formula that blends easily for fail-proof application.
Does the Bronzer Stick have DHA in the formula?
No. The Bronzer Stick is a cosmetic bronzer that will wash off and not leave behind an extended tan.
Does the cosmetic color of the bronzers in Sun-Kyssed and Mocha-Kyssed match the Myxers used with the spray tan cartridges?
What ingredients are used in other products that may clog pores that we do not use in our products?
Although we do use some oils in our products, all of our products are non-comedogenic, they do not clog pores. Popular ingredients in other product that can clog pores are petrolatum, mineral oil and lanolin.
If there is alcohol in Sparx, will it dry out your skin?
No. The alcohol is atomized into a very light spray. Most of the alcohol will evaporate before reaching the skin.

Product Orders/Returns/Shipping

How do I know my order was processed?
You will receive an order confirmation via email once your payment has been processed.
When will my order ship?
Orders will be processed and shipped out the following business day. Orders placed Friday-Sunday will ship out Monday morning.
What shipping services do you offer?
We offer FedEx Ground shipping for all orders.
How much do you charge for shipping?
All orders over $50 will ship free. Orders under $50 will be charged a $5 flat rate fee.
When can I expect my product(s) to arrive?
Orders should arrive within 2-5 business days, however this is not guaranteed. Please check with your local FedEx for shipping estimates.
My product arrived damaged/defective. What is your return policy?
Please email and include the name the order was placed under, address, order number and a detailed reason for return. Customer Service will respond within 1-2 business days with further instructions.
Do you offer a product warranty?
Please email and include the name the order was placed under, address, order number and a detailed reason for return. Customer Service will respond within 1-2 business days with further instructions.