Spray Tanning


Please note: these are general guidelines only. Speak to your Spray Tan Technician for more details.


• Exfoliation is one of the most important factors in preparing your skin for a spray tan. Thoroughly exfoliate before your tan is to be applied. This is to remove dead skin and provide a smooth, new surface for your tan. Exfoliating helps to promote an even coverage and lengthens the duration of the tan. Make sure you pay particular attention to elbows, ankles, and knees.
• Shave or wax (to allow pores time to close) the night before your application.
• Remove make-up, moisturizer, perfume, and deodorant before your application as these can act as a barrier.
• Do not use highly moisturized soap.
• Do not have a spray tan if you are pregnant or breast feeding (as a precaution).
• It is recommended that you wear dark loose fitting clothing.
• Solution washes out of most clothing very easily but may stain nylon and lycra materials therefore dark colored underwear is recommended.
• Avoid having hand contact with skin as color develops, to prevent color from developing on palms or fingers.


• Leave your tan for at least 12 hours and overnight if possible, before showering or taking a bath. This allows your tan to develop.
• Avoid wearing socks or shoes after your tanning session as sweating can inhibit the development of your tan. Sandals are a good choice.
• Avoid applying moisturizers or deodorants until after your first shower or bath.
• Avoid wearing tight clothing for at least 8 hours, as these will cause the tan to rub off during the developing stage.
• All swimming, showering and vigorous exercise must be avoided for at least 12 hours as this can inhibit the development of your tan.
• Do not shave until 12 hours after your treatment.
• Do not sit on light colored fabrics until you have showered or have taken a bath.

Remember - When you take a shower or a bath you will see the color guide wash off that was used when the tan was applied. Pat dry, do not rub your skin, and you will be left with a gorgeous tan.

Maintaining Your Tan

It is recommended you follow these general guidelines to maintain your tan:

• Moisturize daily to extend the tan (use oil-free moisturizer). Tan extender is recommended after 3 days of having your tan.
• Avoid long hot baths and showers as this speeds up exfoliation, which will fade the tan.
• Avoid using soaps, shower gels or bubbles baths that contain parabens or sodium lauryl sulphates, as these will fade your tan more quickly.
• Pat your skin dry after a bath or shower.
• Avoid swimming pools or salt water, as these can reduce your tan.
• Use touch up spray (ask your technician) for your hands and feet since these areas fade quicker than the rest of your body.
• Remember that the tan does not have any SPF factor, so wear sun protection as usual.

Seasons Tanning Co. proudly uses Norvell.This award winning product can be customized for your skin tones to produce colors so natural; for that “just off the beach look!

Approved by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Safe for all skin types. Maintain the health of your skin and the beauty of a luscious summer glow.

Sunless Spray Solution by Norvell is guaranteed to be the most natural, golden brown spray-on color solution you can use. This low tack, non-sticky, fast dry formula incorporates premium instant cosmetic bronzer for an immediate, natural "just off the beach" look. This solution contains the latest technology in sunless tanning and 4 Seasons Tanning Co. is proud to bring it to you. Containing high levels of DHA for long term golden bronzing with no orange color. Norvell's exclusive odor control agent virtually eliminates unpleasant DHA odor.

Amber Sun's streak-free formula has built-in sheeting action to eliminate spotting and streaking. It also contains Erythrulose - an additional bronzer for extending your color days longer making two applications a month economical and feasible.

Norvell's micro-emulsion technology provides an even, effective mist application and a pleasant Raspberry Almond fragrance. Amber Sun is a Aloe Vera based product.

The airbrush solution used by 4 Seasons Tanning Co, utilizes skin firming Copper "Firm-a-derm" technology for younger, youthful looking skin and Caffeine which is proven to reduce the risk from over exposure to the sun.


What is DHA?

Skin is made up of two main layers: the epidermis on the outside and the dermis on the inside. Whether you are talking about sun tanning or self-tanning, the epidermis is where the action occurs. The epidermis is also made up of layers. The deepest layer of the epidermis, called the stratum basale (basal layer), is affected during sun tanning via harmful UV rays.
The stratum corneum (horny layer) is the outermost layer of the epidermis -- it is this layer that is affected by most sunless-tanning products containing DHA.

There are several different kinds of sunless-tanning products available today. People have been able to pour on a tan since 1960, when Coppertone® came out with the first sunless-tanning product -- QT® or Quick Tanning Lotion.

If you are old enough to remember this, then you are probably thinking of the incredibly orange hue this lotion produced. Since then, there have been several advancements made on the sunless-tanning front. These days, you can find tanning pills, sunless- or self-tanners and bronzers. You can smooth, swipe or spray on a light bronze glow or a deep, dark tan.

Many of these products take 45 minutes to one hour to start taking effect, and once you factor in drying time, you could be looking at about three hours spent achieving that sun-free tan. And not to mention the sticky mess, the offensive odor and the staining of hands and clothing and you often end up with a streaky, uneven orangy tan. But not anymore, thanks to 4 SeasonsTanning Co.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless- or self-tanning lotions that contain dihydroxyacetone(DHA) as the active ingredient.

DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application. Sugar, what can be safer.

Every day, millions of dead skin cells are sloughed off or worn away from the surface of your skin. In fact, every 35 to 45 days, you have an entirely new epidermis. This is why tans from sunless- or self-tanning lotions will gradually fade -- as the dead cells are worn away, so is your tan. For this reason, 4 Seasons Tanning Co suggest that you get at least two sessions per month to maintain your "tan."

Although gels, lotions or sprays that contain DHA are said to be the most reliable and useful, there are dozens of other types of products on the market. Tanning accelerators -- lotions or pills that usually contain the amino acid tyrosine -- claim that they stimulate and increase melanin formation, thereby accelerating the tanning process. At this time, there is no scientific data available to support these claims. Another sunless-tanning product is a tanning pill that contains canthaxanthin, which is most commonly used as a color additive in certain foods. Although the FDA has approved the use of canthaxanthin in food, it does not approve its use as a tanning agent. When used as a color additive, only very small amounts of canthaxanthin are necessary. As a tanning agent, however, much larger quantities are used. After canthaxanthin is consumed, it is deposited all over your body, including in your skin, which turns an orange-brown color.

These types of tanning pills have been linked to various side effects, including hepatitis and canthaxanthin retinopathy, a condition in which yellow deposits form in the retina of the eye. Another popular form of sunless tanning is the bronzer. These po wders and moisturizers, once applied, create a tan that can easily be removed with soap and water. More like make-up, these products tint or stain your skin only until they are washed off. It's important to remember that most of these products, unless they contain an added sunscreen, will not protect you from the sun's UVA and UVB rays.
Even products that do contain a sunscreen won't be of much help, since they lose their efficacy within hours of application. So, if you're planning to head outside to show off your new glow that you obtained using 4 Seasons Tanning Co, be sure to apply some extra sunscreen.


Using DHA, the FDA-approved ingredient in our Norvell sunless tanning solution, a cool, fine mist is gently sprayed over your face and body by our certified technician, using our latest technology in airbrush application. This solution blends in and works with the amino acids and proteins in the top layer of your skin, which produces the bronzed effect. Our superior formula delivers better, longer-lasting results, typically 5-10 days, and even longer when our moisturizing extending lotion is used (up to 14 days!) Remember the depth of tan achieved is unique and dependent upon an individual's skin type, tone, and activity level. By following our before and after tan instructions, you can ensure enjoyment and satisfaction from your airbrushed tan.

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