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At DarQest Tan, we welcome your questions and enjoy helping you achieve your ultimate tan.  We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to aid in your understanding of tanning and the tanning process. Please feel free to ask any of our certified staff any other questions you may have during your next visit.


I think I tan better without a lotion. So why should I use one?
This erroneous belief can be easily rectified once you actually understand the tanning process. For example, indoor tanning and UV exposure can be dehydrating to the skin. Professional tanning lotions will help to replenish any moisture that has been depleted during the tanning session, thereby improving your results. Not only will you get a darker tan, you will tan more quickly and it will last longer. In addition, professional lotions contain specific ingredients that promote tanning and melanin synthesis. It has also been proven that moist skin will absorb more UV light to maximize the value you receive from your session. Not using a lotion is like sitting on the chair, outside the bed, the first 5 minutes of your tanning session.

How are Professional lotions better than what I can purchase at the drugstore or supermarket?
Over-the-counter lotions do not contain the necessary ingredients that will maximize your tanning results and extend the life of your tan. Moreover, mass market products do not replenish as effectively any lost moisturization that occurs during the tanning process. Professional indoor lotions are also “bio-engineered” specifically for indoor tanning.

Which lotion is best for me?
There is an enormous variety in lotion choices today. The proper lotion is based on your skin type and tanning desires. We invite you to come in and talk to any of our experienced staff to discus your needs and requirements in a lotion. They will help match you to the best lotion for your skin type and tanning tendencies.

Why do some lotions cost so much? Are they worth it? How much should I spend?
There is a great disparity in the cost of some of the lotions we carry. We have affordable bottles that start at $20. We also carry cosmetic quality bottles that sell for as much as $90. Just like most consumer products the ingredients that go into the bottle determine its price. It’s pretty simple the better quality the ingredients, the higher the price. Also remember that you are typically splitting the cost of the bottle over 10-12 sessions. So a $35 bottle of lotion is going to cost you $3 to $3.50 a session.

The elite quality lotions, typically $50 and above, are on the cutting edge of skin nourishment and moisturization. They glide on silky smooth and provide the optimum conditions for you skin to tan. With this level of lotion you will notice a difference the first time you tan.

Excellent quality lotions have a price point of about $30-$50. These are the workhorses of the industry. These lotions provide excellent results without the sticker shock. However they are not as advanced as there more expensive cousins. They typically will not have such expensive ingredients as DHA, an extremely powerful bronzer, or Silicone, the latest engineering advancement in moisturization. However results are still attained with regular use and provide the best bang for your buck.

We also have a variety of affordable lotions that start at $20. While these lotions still provide good results you may not tan as fast, or quite as deep, as more expensive lotions. You are still however much better off using a salon quality professional lotion than supermarket brands, or even none at all.

As to what you should spend, that depends on you. Spend to the level you are comfortable. Also we have sample packets of nearly all lotions we sell. This gives you a chance to “try before you buy” and personally see the results you get from the different lotion before you buy a bottle.

How does a dual bronzer work?
Dual bronzers provide bronze gratification from immediate cosmetic bronzers such as caramel and walnut extract as well as from DHA sunless tanning agents, which oxidize over a few hours with the natural proteins in the skin to develop even deeper, darker results. It recommended waiting at least 4 hours after tanning with any bronzer to ensure results

Will bronzers turn me “orange”?
There are some bronzers in the marketplace that contain too high a percentage of DHA, or even contain low quality bronzing agents that produce unnatural and unattractive tanning results. However we only stock bronzers that are “low-maintenance”, meaning they utilize the purest quality of DHA in conjunction with the perfect amount of bronzing agents to enhance the natural level of tan without staining or streaking or developing into an “unnatural” orange color. This is another difference between professional and supermarket tanning lotion.

How does tingle work? What does it do?
Tingle products deliver a warming, reddening effect on the skin. Tingle products increase the blood circulation at the surface of the skin. This also brings more oxygen to the skin to produce deep, dark tanning results. Tingles are for advanced tanners and are not recommend for beginning tanners or individuals with sensitive skin. Tingle products are also effective on hard-to-tan areas such as the legs and arms.

I can’t feel the “tingle” anymore from my lotion. Why is that?
If you are an avid tingle tanner, oftentimes your skin acclimates to the tingle and you won’t feel the sensation anymore. Despite this fact, the tingle is still working even if you are not feeling the heat. As with hair care products, we recommend switching products from time to time to “jump start” your skin.

Tingle Advisory When Handling Infants: As with all tingle products, extra care should be taken when handling children as the reddening effect could be transferred to skin even hours after use.

Can I use indoor lotions outdoors?
It is not recommended to use indoor lotion outdoors simply because they do not contain an SPF. Indoor tanning is a controlled environment unlike outdoor exposure.

What is the benefit of using a lotion that contains Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp Seed Oil is a humectant that pulls moisture from the air to the surface of the skin. It is a skin care ingredient that provides powerful hydration. This is a wonderful ingredient in a tanning lotion because UV exposure can be dehydrating to the skin. In addition, Hemp Seed Oil contains essential fatty acids which help ingredients penetrate into the lipid layers of the skin for increased efficacy.

Will I fail a drug test using a lotion that contains Hemp Seed Oil?
No. The Hemp Seed Oil used in lotions are THC / drug-free. The Hemp Seed Oil used in indoor tanning lotions is a non-psychoactive industrial hemp variety of the cannabis sativa plant. There are no known cases of a positive drug test from the topical application of Hemp Seed Oil tanning lotions.

Can I use an “outdoor” tanning lotion/baby oil in the bed?
No. Outdoor lotions and all oil based lotions prohibited in the salon due to the damage they cause to the tanning equipment. In addition to giving inferior tanning results, outdoor tanning lotions contain ingredients such as mineral oil that actually restrict the transfer of light in the bed by damaging the acrylics.

Can I use the lotion on my face?
The facial area is much more delicate and more likely to have allergic reactions in comparison to the rest of the body. In fact, fragrance is one of the most common reasons for cosmetic allergic reactions on the face. That is why there are products specifically designed for the delicate facial area.

However, using a regular professional tanning lotion is ok and is not going to damage the skin on your face. You will just not get the best result possible, as you would with a lotion designed for the face.


Why do I have these circles on my shoulders, buttocks, and/or lower waist that won’t tan?
These are called “pressure points”, where the most amount of pressure is on your body when reclining in the bed. The blood flow is constricted in those areas and that is why they don’t seem to tan at all. Your best bet is to alternate your positions when tanning by periodically lifting each side of your body off the acrylic for 5-10 seconds 2 to 3 times during your session.

Why are there two long lines that are just under my buttocks?
These are caused by the natural way the skin lays while tanning. The pressure on your bottom creates a natural overlapping of the skin just below the buttocks. To correct this we recommend two different options. During your session after laying down you can shift your body weight down towards the foot of the bed. This will cause the skin to stretch and open up, it may feel a little weird but it will do the trick. Another option is during the last 3-5 minutes of your session open the canopy of the bed, get out, and sit back down on the bed like a chair. This will allow the skin under the buttocks to stretch naturally and provide a seamless all around tan.

I get white lines around my neck, why?
Similar to above, when you lay with your chin down you create natural folds in the skin. To eliminate these periodically during the session tilt your head as far back as you can to expose all the skin on your neck, also turn your head from side to side to expose the side of the neck. These will not be the most comfortable positions but you only need to hold them for maybe 30-45 seconds 2 or 3 times during the session as needed.

What is that “burnt skin” smell from tanning? What causes it?
Foremost, it is not “burnt skin”. That smell is known as the “after tan odor” and it is caused by friendly bacteria on the surface of the skin. The smell is the result from the bacteria when your body/skin gets hot from a tanning bed. Professional lotions contain specific antibacterial ingredients to eliminate that “after tan odor”. Moreover, lotions contain wonderful fragrances that further mitigate the after tan odor and enhance your tanning session.

Does Showering Affect A Tan?
Some clients have been misinformed about taking a shower after tanning. They were led to believe that, somehow, their tan would get washed down the drain. A shower, like a tanning session, may tend to dry out the skin. While you can't necessarily wash your tan off, moist skin tans and retains a tan better than dry skin. On the pH scale of 0-14, the skin registers slightly acidic (about 5.6). Most soaps are well above the neutral pH, or about 7 on the scale. Using a typical over-the-counter soap with this higher alkaline pH can strip your skin of its essential acidic oils. Those oils lock in your skin's moisture. Shower gels are usually less harsh than regular bar soap. Always apply a good quality moisturizer after a shower to help preserve your tan. Showering after a session tends to dry out the skin, but there is evidence that showering before a tanning session may actually enhance tanning results. First, the heat from a shower opens your pores, enabling the skin to breathe and take in oxygen vital to the tanning process. Second, a shower will wash away dirt and dead skin cells that may impede ultraviolet penetration when you tan. Removing those dead cells also allows the active ingredients in lotions to work there way into the live skin cells more easily.

What Causes An Itch After Tanning?
A number of skin irritations may accompany indoor tanning at one time or another. Among these are rashes, itches, dry skin or white spots. An itch may occur from a reduced rate of melanin production in a particular area of the body, usually the stomach, chest, or other areas that have had minimal exposure to sunlight or tanning for a prolonged period. This may occur between the 3rd and 5th tanning session for most people, is normally temporary, and more of a nuisance than a real problem. This is usually a result of over stimulation of the nerve endings.

How Do I Protect A Fresh Tattoo?
It is important not to expose a fresh tattoo to sunlight or indoor tanning equipment, while the tattoo is still healing, since chemicals sensitive to UV exposure have been injected into the skin. Cover the tattooed area completely. After the skin has healed the chemicals have lost their sensitivity to UV, but continue to take moderate protective measures. Tattoos will continue to lose their brilliancy with exposure to UV light, whether it comes from indoors or from outdoors. Use a good lip balm to protect and preserve the brilliancy of your tattoo.

Can I Take Medications While Tanning?
Certain drugs, foods, perfumes, and cosmetics may contain ingredients that could make your skin super-sensitive when exposed to ultraviolet light, whether tanning indoors or outdoors in the sun. It is usually best to remove cosmetics and perfumes before tanning. Before starting a new medication or changing a prescription, it is always best to refer to the guidelines or consult with your physician or pharmacist regarding potential effects of the medication when exposed to sunlight or tanning lamps. Some medications may contain "photosensitizing" agents that, when exposed to ultraviolet light, could cause a skin irritation or rash. Tetracycline and Retin-A, drugs widely used for the treatment of acne and some birth control pills are a few of the medications known to have the potential to be photosensitive. While you may not necessarily experience a reaction from the medication, it is always best to be aware that a reaction could exist.


How does the California Spray Tan sunless tanning process happen?
Our California Spraytan works by creating a response with the top layers of skin. Specially formulated Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) sugars, bronzer blend, aloe and moisturizers are finely misted on to the skin, which then reacts naturally with the protein in the top layers of the skin creating a golden bronze, healthy and soft, streak-free color.

What is DHA?
Dihydroxyacetone is derived from a vegetable source, most likely sugar beets. Some German scientists in the 1920’s were experimenting with DHA [it's used in the X-ray process] and noticed that it turned the skin brown. In 1960, Coppertone introduced QT or Quick Tanning, a product that almost single-handedly destroyed the market for decades. In the 1970’s the Food and Drug Administration added DHA to their list of approved cosmetic ingredients. Then, sometime in the 1980’s, the cosmetic companies found a way to produce better results [browner, less orange] with DHA. The secret: better refining processes now produce higher quality, more predictable DHA.

How long does it last?
Your spray tan will last about 7-10 days depending on how well moisturized and hydrated your skin is. You will lose the spray tan just as you lose all tans when the top layer of skin cells naturally flakes off or exfoliates. Keeping the skin hydrated will reduce the amount of skin that naturally exfoliates and therefore extend the life of your tan. Exposure to chlorine in pools or salt water from the ocean will shorten the amount of time your California Spray Tan will last.

How dark will I get?
Everyone’s skin is different, and just with traditional tanning, 2 sessions on one person may not be equal to 2 sessions on another. You will notice a difference after your first spray tan visit. While the first visit will take off the edge, we have found a good rule of thumb for most people is 2 sessions over a 2 to 3 day period will deliver a tan equivalent to 10-12 traditional sessions and produce what most people would call a beautiful natural looking tan.

Does the California Spray Tan turn the skin orange?
No! In the past, self-tanners gave many individuals an unnatural orange glow and caused streaking. Most of these undesirable results were caused by improper or ineffective application techniques. Applying creams and lotions by hand usually results in excessive amounts being absorbed in the skin. Excessive amounts applied in a single application can give an orange glow to the skin. Unnatural dark spots may also appear in dry or thick-skinned areas such as elbows, knees, and knuckles because these areas have a tendency to absorb more of the creams. The California Spray Tan System assures that all areas of the body get a uniform coating of the solution in the exact quantity required in producing a golden brown tan.

What about people with fair skin that has never been able to tan?
Our sunless spray was designed specifically for individuals who can't or don't want to tan conventionally.

Will it make the user feel sticky like lotions do?
No. Once the user has left the booth and dries off, their skin will feel soft and pliable because of the moisturizing components. It will not feel sticky.

Does this system cause freckles in people who usually freckle when tanning?
No. There is nothing in the solution that will cause more freckles to break out. In fact, in most cases, freckles and blemishes become less pronounced because the lighter skin areas will darken and reduce the color differentiation between the blemishes and the rest of the skin.

Will the user get a better tan if they mist twice in the same day?
Yes. Tanning twice in the same day will create a darker tan, but we do not recommend back-to-back sessions. Tanning back to back does not give the DHA a chance to set between tans, and increases the chance that your tan may have an orange glow. Waiting 12 to 24 hours between tans will eliminate this potential problem.

Can I tan traditionally either outside or in a bed after using the California Spray Tan?
Yes! You can tan in a traditional bed or outside while using the spray tan. Combining the spray tan and traditional beds will speed the tanning process and get your desired look faster. If you are using a tanning bed you have to tan in the beds first then do the spray tan.

Many people use the spray tan just before leaving on vacations. This gives them instant color so they are tan when they arrive at the beach. Then over the course of there vacation there natural tan will develop to enhance and replace what they received from the mist without ever appearing to lose color.

Does the California Spray Tan provide sunburn protection from the sun?
No! Your body physiologically does not know it is tanned as the sunless process does not use melanin to produce the tan. Therefore you must either limit exposure or use sunscreens with the appropriate SPF just as if you did not have a tan.

How soon after misting can I the user shower?
We recommend you wait at least 6 hours after misting to give the DHA enough time to fully set. If you shower earlier, you may diminish the intensity of the tan. When you do shower the initial tan created by the bronzer will wash off, but the DHA will remain and create a long-term tan.