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What is Spray Tanning? How does it work?

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a colourless sugar and the active ingredient in the guide colour that will be sprayed onto your skin. Applied by using a specialist low pressure spraying machine, the DHA in the solution interacts with the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of your skin to produce a golden brown colour. The colour you see at the time of your treatment is purely a guide colour for your therapist to see that your skin is evenly covered. In eight hours your actual tan will have developed and will be revealed after you shower

Is it safe?

Yes, very safe. At Vanity we only use Sienna X and Beach Brown Professional Sunless Spray Tan Solutions that can give you the same results as spending 10-14 days in the sun, but without the harmful effects of the sun's rays. DHA has been approved by the FDA for use in the personal care industry for over 30 years and no adverse effects have been reported other than minor skin irritations. Allergic reactions are extremely rare however if you have experienced allergic reactions to self-tanning or other beauty products please arrange a skin patch test first with your therapist.

What will happen before, during and after my treatment?
  • On your first tanning treatment, your therapist will ask you a number of questions and a consultation card will be completed.

  • You will then undress to your chosen dark underwear (you can wear your own or we can provide you with disposable thongs) and remove jewellery.

  • Barrier Cream will be applied to your hands, elbows, knees feet and other dry areas to reduce tan absorption.

  • Simply follow your therapist's instructions; spraying will take 5-10 minutes.

  • The guide colour you see will be showered off after your development time of 8 hours to reveal your natural looking tan.

How dark will I get?

The professional spray tan we use have a range of solutions and your therapist will help you bespoke your ideal tan. Your tan results will depend on how well you tan in the sun naturally. The darker you tan in the sun, the darker you tan with a spray tan. Many people bespoke their tan, so it's lighter in the winter months and darker in the summer. A double exposure treatment (i.e. if you have a second tanning treatment within 48 hours of your first appointment) will help you go darker with superior results.

How long will my tan last?

Your tan will last approximately 5 to 7 days depending on your daily skincare regime, lifestyle and if you have exfoliated well prior to your tan. A sunless tan fades just like a tan from the sun - so as your skin sheds dead cells, your tan will fade, it is really important to moisturise daily, also using a gradual tan after day three will prolong and top up your tan, ask your therapist to order Sienna X Gradual Glowing Self-Tan and Sienna X Radiance Body Balm which is specifically designed to moisturise tanned skin.

Will I still need to use sun protection with a spray tan?

Yes, we recommend you use a sunscreen with an SPF of 20 or more.

Consult your therapist if you...
  • are in your first trimester of pregnancy

  • have had an allergic reaction to tanning or any other skin care products

  • are asthmatic or if you have breathing difficulties

Any further questions, please speak to your therapist before your appointment - Call Vanity on 0207 998 1595

For Your Perfect Spray Tan...

Before your spray tan

  • Exfoliate regularly especially the night before your tan, ask your therapist to order you Sienna X Polishing Body Scrub (Many exfloiators on the high street contain too much oil and can create a skin barrier when tanning)
  • Paint nails and toenails, especially if you have acrylics on or something similar (if you have white tip acrylics the therapist will apply Vaseline to your nails before your tan)
  • We advise you to wax/shave or have eyelash/eyebrow tinting 24/48 hours prior to treatment.
  • Moisturise the night before your Spray Tan.
  • DO NOT moisturise or use deodorant and perfume on the day of your tan as they can act as a barrier (deodorant can actually cause your underarms to go green!) - If you must apply deodorant please tell your therapist so they know to remove it properly.
  • Wear/bring loose dark clothing and flipflops or loose fitted shoes. Tight clothing will cause the tan to rub off during the developing state.
  • If you have sensitive skin or have had any previous allergic reaction to tanning or beauty products please tell your therapist to arrange a patch test 24-48 hours prior to your tanning appointment.
  • It is advisable to remove contact lenses before the tan to avoid contamination.
  • Remove all jewllery.
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After your spray tan

  • Avoid excessive exercise, perspiring or getting wet during your development time, sip drinks or use a straw.
  • Leave the tan on atleast 8-10 hours, then shower until the guide colour runs clear and gently pat dry.
  • Long baths or going swimming will fade your developed tan quicker.
  • Moisturise daily, ask your therapist to order you Sienna X Radiance Body Balm to enhance your tan and prolong your colour.
  • Hands and face may fade sooner, simply ask your therapist to order Sienna X express taning mist to keep your tan topped up.
  • Exfoliate after 4-5 days, ask your therapist to order you Sienna X Polishing Body Scrub, to encourage even fading.
How can I prolong my sunless tan?

To get the most from your gorgeous sunless tan, we recommend the following, prepare, tan and prolong method to ensure skin looks sunkissed and hydrated for longer.


Sienna X Polishing Body Scrub 

It's all in the preperation. Sienna X scrub removes impurities with the finest pumice, for a gentle yet effective exfoliation leaving you with super soft skin. The perfect base for your tan and a great way to reveal a radient new you..

  • with lemongrass to naturally soften and improve skin tone

  • gingerto increase skin radiance

  • finest pumice, for gentle yet effective exfoliation

  • pH balanced

  • paraben and cruelty free

- 15ml Sachet £1.20


 Sienna X Balance Body Wash

Wouldn't it be great to prolong your tan? This wash is so mild and gentle that it won't strip your colour and is kind enough to use on your face. The perfect base for your tan and a daily treat for your skin...

  • with silk protein to help retain moisture

  • anti-oxidant ginger extract to protect against skin damage

  • delicately fragranced with lemongrass and ginger

  • gentle enough for facial use

  • paraben and cruelty free


- 15ml Sachet £1.20


Sienna X Radiance Body Balm

We want you to make the most of your beautiful tan, Subtle gold flecks are suspended in the luxurious, non-greasy balm, which glides on easily leaving you with radiant and ready for anything...

  • shea butter and coconut oil, excellent moisturiser and emollient

  • anti-oxidant vitamin E to help protect against premature aging

  • fine gold mica, suble flecks enhance tanned skin with a luminescent sheen

  • sweet almond oil restores elasticity and smoothness

  • new refreshing lemon grass and ginger fragrance

  • paraben and cruetly free

- 15ml sachet £1.20