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St Tropez "Airport" Spray Tanning System.

Please note: The "Airport" spray tan is only available at our Edenbridge Salon.

St Tropez Airport Tanning System

How spray tan works - The specially made "airport" chamber and spray applicator extracts the excess and atomises the tanning formula into a cooling vapour. As it is applied to your skin ensuring an even application in a pleasant environment. Active ingredients in the St Tropez formula, cause a chemical reaction with the amino acids on the outermost top layer of skin to produce a bronzed tan - much like the sun does but without UVA and UVB damage to the skin. With absolutely no sun exposure at all, the tan usually lasts between 4 - 10 days. The way the tan fades and the length of time it lasts is dependent on how each person naturally loses his or her skin. Regular moisturising is essential to prolong the duration of the tan, especially during hotter months or in dry climates. Booking for a "double application" ensures an even longer lasting and more natural looking tan.

Prior to and on the day of your tan - In the morning of your tanning appointment (or the night before) you should exfoliate your entire body. Exfoliation will remove dead skin that would otherwise flake off and helps to promote even coverage and lengthen the duration of your tan. When you exfoliate, pay particular attention to the lower half of your legs, knees, ankles, top of feet, toes, elbows and knuckles. You may use an exfoliating lotion, face cloth, scrubbing mitt or loofah. Use a pumice stone on feet if necessary.

Shaving or waxing - It is best to shave or wax at least 12 hours before your tanning appointment. We are unable to offer any waxing treatments on the same day of your tan. Waxing during the life of your tan will remove it - therefore we recommend that you do not wax for at least 7 days after the application.

Cremes and lotions - Do not apply moisturisers or use any roll-on deodorants until after your post-tanning shower (see below), lotions can act as a barrier and prevent the Sun Spray from contacting with the skin. The same applies to your face and the wearing of make-up.

What to wear - Wear loose fitting clothing, preferably a sundress, along with flip-flop style shoes to your tanning appointment. Plan to spend about 30 to 40 minutes at the salon. The actual tanning takes about 15 minutes but you will need to allow about 10 minutes for drying time. Wear a dark coloured costume or garment of your preference. The Tanning System solution washes out of most clothing very easily, but tends to stain light nylon materials.

Following the application - St Tropez have solved most issues associated with self-tanners, however, a few challenges remain. Following your tanning application, for at least 5 hours, you should:

  • Not wash your hands or wear tight clothing.
  • Not exercise. Perspiring immediately after tanning alters the chemical reaction of the sun spray.
  • Not swim or immerse yourself in water.
  • Not apply moisturiser.
  • Not wear shoes or socks after your tanning session if your feet sweat. The sweat can turn your feet yellow or orange - filp-flops or saddles the best choice.

Due to the reaction of the active ingredients with the amino acids of the skin, some clients, based on their particular body chemistry, will notice a "starch" smell on their skin shortly after their tanning application. This will disappear after your post-tan shower.

Post-Tan Shower - Wait at least 8 hours after your St tropez tan application before showering or bathing. You need to allow enough time for the reaction to take place - the longer the better. Do not be alarmed if you see colour washing off the first time you shower as this is just the excess surface colour. Your skin will continue to tan as the self-tan reaction works on your skin.

Maintenance of you Tan - Apply moisturiser, morning and evening, after your post-tan shower. A well hydrated skin is essential in maintaining a longer life to your tan.

Note: Caution - Lotions containing Alpha Hydroxyl Acids are used to increase exfoliation, therefore their use will accelerate the fading process of your tan.

Side effects - There are no known harmful side effects reported from the use of the St Tropez Spray Tan, and it is a safe alternative to the harmful effects of tanning in the sun or on a sun bed. In fact all the active ingredients have been FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA) approved. A very small percentage of people are allergic to the St Tropez formula. If you have reacted badly to sunless tanning lotions before, please advise us prior to your tanning session, and advise us upon your return. We always recommend that you have a trial run 4-6 weeks before any important occasion, in the rare case of allergies or unexpected results.