National Sunless Tanning Day

There is no such thing as a safe tan if it involves UV radiation. We all know that tanning beds cause skin cancer. So does sun bathing—prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But, truth be told, there’s a hole in the ozone layer. The ozone layer, protects life on earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. The depletion of ozone means less protection, and thus more skin cancer.

Tanning beds use UVB radiation to darken the skin. Recently, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, labeled tanning beds “high risk” and carcinogenic to humans. In fact 20 minutes on a tanning bed is equivalent to spending one day at the beach! There’s nothing healthy about tanning indoors or outdoors these days.

To drive the point home I’m going to list the following risk factors involved with using tanning beds:

Skin Cancer: You face a 75% increased risk of getting skin cancer, including malignant melanoma when you frequent tanning beds.

Wrinkles: Tanning beds, like sun bathing, cause premature aging and wrinkles. Who wants to look older than their time? Don’t you want people to say, “She looks good for her age.”

Rough Skin Texture: Do you want soft and supple or rough and leathery skin? If you selected the latter, continue using tanning beds. If you select the former, practice safe sun and get a spray tan.

Broken Blood Vessels: The cumulative affect of sun bathing or tanning beds causes sun damage and broken blood vessels. Who wants that? Bottom line.

Practice safe sun! Ditch the tanning beds and get a spray tan. Our spray tan solutions are natural and enriched with vitamins that feed your skin.

No orange, no risk of skin cancer and a beautiful off the beach glow. Take advantage of our $35 National Sunless Tanning Day Special and experience the difference.

How Long will your custom airbrush tan last?

Clients always ask us “how long will my airbrush spray tan last?”so lets take a minute to talk about it. We always tell our clients that your spray tan will last between 5 and 8  days, but some clients can get their tan to last longer. How do they do that? With our “prep and maintenance” tips! These tips are some things that you can do before you tan to prep your skin, as well as some thing you can do after to extend the life of your tan.

Lets talk about prepping your skin for the spray tan, the first thing you want to do is wax. If you do wax you will want to do this about 2 days prior to your airbrush spray tan treatment. The reason for this is that left over wax residue will block the absorption the spray tanning solution, which you don’t want. It’s also important to note is that you will not want to wax after you tan because you will actually wax off your tan. If you shave you can do this the night before or the same day as you airbrush treatment, whichever you prefer. The next and most important thing you can do to prep is to exfoliate your skin. Most people don’t know that humans are actually like snakes, we shed our skin every 28 days. So when you exfoliate your skin you are getting rid of the dead and dying skin that is ready to fall off any ways, that way the tanning solution will adhere to your soft, fresh, new skin. You can use a wash cloth, body brush, or a scrub to exfoliate your skin, they will all work well.

Immediately after you tan, wear LOOSE dark clothing. Remember that the color you are seeing is just the spray tanning bronzer and it takes about four hours for the solution to absorb into your skin and give you that natural and healthy glow. So if you put on something tight, like a bra, it will rub the solution off of your skin before it has a chance to absorb and it will look like you wore that bra when you were tanning. Also don’t wash your hands for at least eight hours. This is important as well because if you get wet at all or get any splash marks it will wash away the solution and you will be left with what ever water spots you see. And finally don’t put on any lotion until after you take your fist shower and wash off all the bronzer.

To prolong the life of your tan we recommend that you wait at least 8-10 hours before you take your first shower, preferable the next day. If you do decide to sleep on your tan remember that the bronzer has a tendency to rub off; lay some towels out on your bed so it doesn’t get on your sheets, but if the bronzer does rub off it will come out very easily. Whenever you decide to take your first shower remember that you will see some color running off and going into the drain. DO NOT PANIC, this is just the bronzer and its completely normal. When you do shower remember that the solution is sugar based and when sugar gets warm it melts, so do not take long hot showers, quick and cool. After your shower pat yourself dry with a towel, do not rub. Then apply a generous amount of lotion. The best advice we can give you is to put on as much lotion as you possible can, remember we are like snakes so the more moisturized your skin is the longer your tan will last.

For more tanning tips check out our “Prep and Maintenance” page.

Tanning Tips for the Bride-to-be

Wedding season is fast approaching and at Superior Spray Tanning we’re busy gearing up for the influx of brides and bridesmaids who grace our tent this time of year. Want to spray tan for your wedding without looking like a carrot walking down the aisle? Well you’ve come to the right place.

Many of our brides have never tried spray tanning, and their number one fear is obviously looking orange–followed closely by fear #2. Will the spray tan run off on my white dress? When applied properly and with these pre and post spray tanning tips you can prevent the orange and achieve that sun-kissed look you crave without the harmful effects of the sun.

I have sprayed many of brides for their big day. In fact, bridal sprays are our specialty. Our solution evens out the skin tone and adds the perfect touch of color — just enough to take a bride out of her winter slump and into the gorgeous glow that she needs. Not to mention that her photos will look incredible!

Here are  a few spray tanning tips and trade secrets exclusively for our brides- to- be.

1. Shave.

The day before your spray tan session yields the best results.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.

Exfoliate 12-24 hours prior with a sea-salt scrub (or other body exfoliating scrub). This removes loose, dead skin cells, which prevent the application of color. Exfoliating will improve and extend your tanning results.

3. Skip the oils, gels, lotions and perfumes.

Prior to tanning, your skin should be clean and dry with no product residue.  All makeup should also be removed before your spray tan session and don’t forget to take off your jewelry! You definitely don’t want a white necklace line with your strapless dress!

4. Tan in dark undergarments.

Bring dark, loose fitting clothing to wear after your tan (no skinny jeans or stretch pants). At bedtime, wear an over-sized T- shirt (I steal my hubby’s) and loose pants

5. Avoid bathing + workouts for 24 hours.

Avoid hitting the shower, pool, or other source of water for 8-12 hours (18-24 hours preferred). I also recommend using shower gel or body wash instead of bar soap (and do not exfoliate or use a shower puff – hands only).

Also, avoid any products that contain alcohol, alpha hydroxy acid, retin-a, beta hydroxy and any other peeling agents. You should moisturize twice daily with a basic product– nothing with perfumes or mineral oil

6. Trial Run

I always suggest a practice session about a month prior to an event. This way, we can perfect the look we are going for before the big day. Do you want to go darker? Would you rather a lighter sun- kissed effect?  Either way, you be glowing all the way to the honeymoon suite!

** Ask about our special discounts and incentives for bridal parties of six or more

Get a Spray Tan for Your Weekend Get-A-Way!

You’ve been busy working hard indoors most of the spring. Looking in the mirror you’re pale, your skin could use a little color before that getaway vacation. Weekend getaways are a lot fun and have the time of your life. So don’t spend your entire vacation time sun tanning, before you go you should consider toning your skin before you leave. This way, you can use the time you would spend lying around on the beach having more fun or worrying about dangerous UV rays!

Lots of people really want to get a beautiful tan without having to worry about getting skin cancer or painful sunburns. Today you can find a variety of products and methods which claim to give you a good-looking tan without worry. The best method is, Airbrush Tanning or Spray Tanning with Superior Spray Tanning. You will get the most amazing healthy looking tan without any harmful effects that you have ever had in your life.

Spray Tan My Face?

Some of our clients get really scared when we ask them if they want to tan their face, so lets take a minute to talk about it.

There are clients that are skeptical when we ask then if they want to tan their face, but there is no reason to worry, either way you will look sun-kissed and natural. About 90% of our clients opt for their face to be sprayed.

I’ll tell you what I tell every client that asks me what I think: When my face is tan I love it; I feel like I look younger, my skin tone is more even, my teeth look whiter, and I feel like I don’t have to wear as much make-up. However if you do decide to tan your face, you should know that you face will fade quicker then the rest of your body, but not to worry it will fade naturally and the color difference can be corrected with just a little bit of makeup.

Here is an opinion from a professional make-up artist Amie Decker, owner of Amie Decker Beauty…..

Yes! I really do not have many pet peeves when it comes to makeup, but my biggest pet peeve by far is what I like to call the “floating head.” You all know what I am talking about, when the color of someone’s face clearly does not match the rest of their body. This look may occur when gals go a little crazy with the face bronzer and fail to blend it into their neck and chest. However, I find the biggest offence is the pale head floating on a tan body.

Which leads me to answer the question, “should I tan my face?”Answer: YES!!! A customized organic spray tan is much different than a machine conducted mystic tan. A trained spray tan artist has the ability to adjust the solution so that your face does not look orange or too dark, but instead nice and even with the rest of your skin. When brides choose not to tan their face, I end up having to apply much more foundation than I normally would just to ensure their face matches the rest of their body. I find that most women prefer natural looking skin to heavy face makeup but when face and body are vastly different the heavy foundation cannot be avoided. As a makeup artist, I much prefer for women to get a nice even spray tan on their face and body instead of relying on makeup to even everything out.

I recommend exfoliating and cleansing your face before the organic spray tan to avoid clogged pores caused by makeup worn earlier in the day. I also recommend applying a lip balm as a barrier so you can avoid tan lips. 

Amie Decker

If you decide not to tan you face, that is okay to. We will blend up form your chest into your neck to create a nice fade. You can choose to wear darker makeup or not, either way you will still look natural. A number of people don’t tan there face when they tan naturally and for good reason, the sun causes wrinkles and dark pigmentation, remember thats why you are getting a spray tan to stay away form the harsh sun.

The choice is yours!

Custom Airbrush Tan vs Mystic Tan

There are a few differences but the biggest one is that the tan is totally custom to you.

To start, we customize the color to your skin tone and color you desire. Together with your tanning technician you will decide on which shade is the best fit for you. This process is different form the Mystic tan because they only use one color. That’s right, weather you are as white as Casper the ghost or a beautiful dark chocolate like Michelle Obama you get the same color.

Airbrush is also different from the Mystic in its application process. With Mystic you stand in front of a machine and get sprayed, with a Airbrush Tan your tan is hand applied by a professional spray tanning technician. When your tan is hand applied your tanning tech will have you turn in different directions or have you hold different poses to make sure that you tan is 100% even all over.

With a Airbrush hand application you can also blend already existing tan lines, contour the body by shrinking the waist or making the legs appear slimmer, and if that doesn’t make you choose Airbrush over Mystic then nothing will.


Get your Spray Tan On!

There are several urban legends regarding spray tanning. Trust me, I’ve been in the business for some time now and no matter how hard I try to educate my clients and the general twenty- something single girl population, the questions (the SAME questions) force me to repeat myself on a daily basis.

Now that the warm weather has arrived, everyone is planning an escape to the beach. Everyone has also learned that spray tanning is the way to seamlessly slip into the bikini hiding flaws and cellulite that would otherwise force their way through pale scaly skin. Totally not beach worthy.

So why do I have clients calling about tanning beds? Aren’t we over this by now?

Myth #1. I must have a real base tan before spray tanning.

WRONG! I admit that I spent some of my 20’s hanging out in a UV bed. I have the freckles on my nose to show for it. However, not anymore! Why lay there every week for hours on end if you can spray for 5 minutes, come out perfectly and evenly tanned and stay that way for a week?

Using tanning beds before you spray tan is wrong on all accounts. First of all, this obviously defeats the purpose of going UV- free. Also, when we tan in the sun or in a bed, we significantly dry out the top layer of the skin. A sun tan is basically a full body scab which leads to flaking, peeling, and a dehydrated epidermal layer. If you then spray tan over that layer, the solution will not adhere well and you will experience a flaky fade off. Isn’t that what you want to avoid?

TRUTH: Always spray tan on pasty hydrated skin and use a light exfoliate or scrubby glove before you come in for your session. I promise, you will look flawless and radiant for your vacation. Don’t forget to pack your sunblock!

Don’t Ignore the risk of Indoor Tanning

The number of skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking.

In the US alone, 419,254 cases of skin cancer can be attributed to indoor tanning. Out of this number, 6,199 are melanoma cases.

Just one indoor tanning session per year in high school or college boosts the risk of developing potentially deadly melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year raises this risk almost another two percent.

The risk soars to 73 percent after six or more sessions.

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A New Year, A New You!

Are you looking for a New Year’s resolution that will better YOU?  Look no farther!

You know they say that half of the new years resolutions don’t last the month.  But then again, the other half usually make it at least 6 months.  Well, with it being about 50/50 I say give yourself the benefit of the doubt that you’re going to go the distance.  

However, lets also try something new.  

How about a new new years resolution that is so easy you’ll never want to stop.  One where you do something that is healthy and relaxing.  Start  2014 with a natural healthy glow!

Spray Tanning for the Holidays

Spray tanning is great for holiday parties! Everyone looks gorgeous with glowing skin, and a spray tan can make you the bell of the ball!  No one will be able to ignore your beautiful glowing skin!

If you’ve never had a sunless spray tan before, this is the perfect excuse to get one! Get it a day or so before your big event, that way you still have that fresh glow, but have time to wash off the bronzer.  Get noticed this holiday season with a gorgeous, natural looking spray tan!