How does spray tanning work?
Spray tanning uses a safe, FDA approved solution that contains an active ingredient known as dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is a simple, non-toxic sugar. It is often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane. DHA works by interacting with the dead surface cells found in the epidermis, or the outermost layer of the skin, producing a color change that appears very natural and complimentary to your skin tone. Erythrulose, also a sugar, is another important substance in the sunless tanning solution. When used in combination with DHA, it provides a longer lasting and more natural looking tan than DHA alone. As the dead skin cells are naturally shed through the process of exfoliation, the color gradually fades - typically within 6-10 days of the initial application.

Will I turn orange?
No, you will not turn orange. The orange color some people have experienced after a spray tan is due to improper application and too high a percentage of DHA applied. For this reason, you should always let a professional apply your spray tan.

Is spray tanning safe?
Yes. DHA, when applied safely, has been approved for cosmetic use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Canadian Health Ministry and most of the EU member nations. It is considered non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. DHA based sunless tanning has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Organization, American Academy of Dermatology, Canadian Dermatology Association, The American Cancer Society, and the American Medical Association. If you have any health conditions or concerns, you should consult with your physician prior to your first appointment.

Is it okay to get a tan if pregnant or nursing?
Yes. It is safe to use tanning lotion or to be spray tanned while you are pregnant and nursing when applied safely. DHA does not go beyond the stop layer of skin cells and is not absorbed into the body; therefore, it does not affect your baby. However, if you are pregnant, you are required to get a note from your doctor prior to your tanning appointment. If you are nursing, we suggest wearing a bra or bathing suit top for your session.

How long should my tan last?
The average result is 6 to 10 days of color. Factors such as skin type, activities, and maintenance can cause your results to vary. Ask your spray technician for more information on how to maintain your tan.

How long does a tanning session take?
On average, a full body session takes about 15 minutes (not including setup time).

Can anyone get a spray tan?
Spray tanning is a great option for most people. We suggest that those with severe asthma or with very sensitive skin refrain from spray tanning or consult a physician before spray tanning. We cannot tan someone that is peeling from sunburn as the skin will not tan properly. Wait until you are finished peeling completely to be tanned.

How old do you have to be to tan?
You must be 16 to get a spray tan. We require the signature of the parent or guardian for those under the age of 18. Also, for those under the age of 18, we require that they are clothed in either swim trunks for males for bikinis for females (or equivalent clothing) and parents must be in the room for the session.

Can I still go out in the sun or tan in a tanning bed?
Yes, however, be very careful not to burn your skin. The spray tan does not protect your skin from the sun, so you should apply sun block or take other preventative measures to avoid burning your skin. If you do burn and peel, it could make the spray tan look uneven, so be cautious.

Where will I be sprayed in my home?
Your spray tan technician will bring a pop up tent with a filtration fan into your home to safely spray you, keeping the tan on you and not your house.

Will it ruin my clothes?
The sunless tanning solution is sprayed onto you in a fine mist, making most contact with clothing minimal. Envious Bronze solution is water based and almost always washes out of clothing that it does come into contact with. Contact Envious Bronze if you want more information on what is acceptable clothing to tan in. Once your tan is fully developed and you have showered, your tan is set and will not rub off on your clothes.

Have additional questions? Send us an email via our Contact Us page or call Jessie at
207-332-7063.