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When should I tan? The ideal time to get a spray tan is 24-48 hours prior to your event. Some clients prefer to tan during the day so they can shower solution off before going to bed and they feel most comfortable this way. Other clients like to tan in the evening so they can just go home afterwards without concern of messing anything up. This way you just wear it to bed and wake up to a gorgeous tan. Each client has their own preference. Either way, choose a time when you are able to wait 8-12 hours before you shower, swim, excercise and sweat so that the tanning solution can work its magic. If you cannot wait 8+ hours, there is a quick process formula that is available for a $10 additional charge (see "Upgrades" tab for further info).
Prior to your spray tan, you should shower, exfoliate, and refrain from applying deodorant, lotions, cosmetics and perfume to your skin before your appointment. Make sure that if you are planning on doing a facial, pedicure or waxing, it is done prior to getting tanned. You should have loose, dark clothing and sandals to wear after your tan. Flips flops ($5) and loose clothing are available for purchase ($10-25) if you prefer to have something easier to slip on, appropriate to wear afterwards, or to simply not worry about bronzer transfer to the clothing you wore to appointment.
Upon your arrival, a consultation will be given to see what you are looking for in a spray tan and what your skin is like. A fully customized spray tan formula is then created for your preferences and skin type. I will provide you with all the info you need to know in addition to the do's and don'ts and tips and tricks. You will then be directed to the spray room to undress and prepare your skin. Depending on your preference, you may wear your swimsuit, your own undergarments, purchase disposable undergarments from the studio for $1/each, or if you prefer, you may also go 'tan line free' during your spray tan session. Each client has their own preference and comfort level. Phoenix Glow offers a complimentary upgrade that most of the competition charges $5-$15 for. This ph balancing skin prep is to ensure the tan is even and beautifully bronzed. This skin prep removes any remaining oils or cosmetic products that linger on the skin and gives the ideal, clean slate scientifically to produce the best results. The tanning agent (DHA) works best when skin is at a certain ph level to allow proteins in the skin to interact with the DHA to create the bronze color on the skin. This is merely one of the ways that Phoenix Glow focuses on the science behind spray tanning and skincare to deliver highest quality tans each and every time.
During the session, you will be sprayed by a technician with the customized solution (see "Upgrades" tab for more info on how to customize). The equipment I use utilizes the newest technology and I spare no cost for finding the perfect applicating gun with the best atomization of the spray solution to provide a seamlessly smooth and well applied spray tan on your skin. This is the best spraying tool on the market and the application gun is considered one of the most influencial roles in creating the perfect spray tan. The actual spraying is the quickest part of your appointment.
After your tan, you will thoroughly dry and then dress. The Phoenix Glow technician will review after care instructions with you and you will be provided with more information than you may want or need, but successful spray tans are a result of educated technicians and clients, high end products and equipment, and proper aftercare expectations, instructions and skincare products. The tech will make tan care and skin care product recommendations based on your consultation and desired results. This concludes the session. From start to finish the appointment takes 20 minutes. I advise you not to use lotion, deodorant, makeup, or wear tight clothing until you shower off the solution. If you will be sleeping with the solution on, wear a lightweight, long sleeve shirt and pants to prevent the solution from being rubbed around while you sleep. Also, you may choose to use dark colored towels and sheets the day of your session in order to avoid any bronzer transfer. Although, the bronzer will wash right out of most materials, no problem.