Sunless Tanning Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Mystic Tan™ booth?

The Mystic Tan™ booth is a private, self-contained unit that, in just seconds, employs a revolutionary spray process to apply a uniform amount of Tanning Myst to the entire body in just seconds. When the tanning session is complete, the tanner simply steps out of the booth, towels off any excess Tanning Myst, dresses and exits. The result is an even, natural-looking tan.

What is MagneTan™ technology?

MagneTan™ technology is our patented process that uses the human body's own magnetic properties to attract Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst to every exposed surface of the skin.

When authentic Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst passes through the spray nozzles in a Mystic Tan™ booth, the micro-particles of Tanning Myst become polarized, taking on the characteristics of "tiny magnets." These particles adhere evenly to the skin to create an even, natural-looking tan.

What's in Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst?

All Mystic Tan™ tanning mysts contain the following natural ingredients:

DHA - This is what produces a long-term tan. The use of DHA has been FDA-approved for decades as an external tanning agent. When applied, DHA reacts with proteins in the skin's superficial layer to form a golden brown color. Your skin begins to darken two to three hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The color will gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun. To maintain optimal color, you'll want to tan every four to five days.

Moisturizers - These help carry the DHA deeper into the skin and promote a softer, smoother finish. Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst contains 65 percent Aloe Vera, a natural moisturizer that helps skin draw moisture to the surface. Aloe Vera also softens the skin and helps smooth wrinkles.

What is the difference between all of the Tanning Mysts?

Mystic Tan™ is designed for customization according to your preferences and tanning needs. That's why we've created multiple formulas, so you can select the one that fits you best.

Mystic Tan™'s BronzMyst™ formula contains Insta-Color Bronzer™, a water-soluble, brown-tinted dye that produces an instant tan. The bronzer washes off in the shower or bath, without affecting your overall tan.

Mystic Tan™'s ClearMyst™ formula contains no bronzer at all, so it goes on clear, yet, darkens within hours and results in an even, dark, natural-looking tan.

Premium with NutraMist™ Plus, in BronzMyst™ and ClearMyst™ formulas, hydrate skin and balance your moisture level for a deep, dark sunless tan, with minimal tanning odor.

Do you have any tanning tips?

Use these simple tips to make the most out of your Mystic Tan™ experience:

Before Tanning:

  • For best results, avoid oil-based products or products with emollients or emulsifiers;
  • Exfoliate with MysticReady™ Exfoliating Body Wash in Desert Bloom;
  • Moisturize with HyperMoist™ Instant Moisturizing Lotion in Green Tea;
  • To accelerate your tan and get an even deeper, darker result, apply HyperTan™ Sunless Tan Accelerator

During Your Session:

  • Make sure you use an adequate amount of Mystic Tan™ Blending Cream on your fingernails, toenails, tops of your feet and any other areas of your skin that tend to be dry

After Tanning:

  • For maximum results, wait at least 4-6 hours before showering or swimming
  • To eliminate the odor from the developing tan, use MysticFresh™ Post-Sunless Body Freshening Spray. Wait one hour after your Mystic Tan™ Tanning Session, then use as often as you like;
  • Moisturize daily, after showering. Use MysticLife™ Tan Extending Lotion in Desert Bloom;
  • Avoid exfoliating until you're ready to Mystic Tan™ again;
  • Limit exposure to salt water and chlorine, which can affect the life of your tan;

What should I wear in the Mystic Tan™ Booth?

Most people wear nothing. However, if you'd be more comfortable wearing a bathing suit or underwear, be aware that the Tanning Myst may stain it. The Insta-Color Bronzer™ we use in our BronzMyst™ is water-soluble and should wash out.

Will my skin look orange?

20 million tans can't be wrong. That's how many successful Mystic Tan™s there have been in just a few years. Before Mystic Tan™, most self-tanners were creams and lotions applied by hand. That meant inconsistent coverage. Too much lotion applied in one place left the skin looking orange. Not enough lotion left unattractive streaks. Hand held spray-on applicators tend to run and also cause streaking.

Our MagneTan technology ensures that a uniform micro-spray of Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst covers the entire body in the exact amount required to produce a natural-looking tan.

Still not sure? Ask any of the 20 million people who have tried and love it.

How many Mystic Tan™ tanning sessions will I need to achieve the color I want?

You'll be tan after one session, but it may take additional sessions to achieve your desired color. Once you reach your ideal color, you should be able to maintain it by tanning every four to five days.

What happens if the Mystic Tan™ Myst gets in my eyes?

Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst has been thoroughly tested by a third-party lab, and the results showed no eye or skin irritation. Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst has been used in over 20 million tanning sessions with no adverse reactions.

What happens if I inhale any of the Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst?

While no one should purposely inhale or ingest the Mystic Tan™ Myst, it is known that DHA (the active tanning ingredient) is a non-hazardous compound that causes no adverse reaction in moderate quantities when applied topically or even ingested. DHA has been used as a diet supplement in sports nutrition and is non-carcinogenic. Testing has further shown that DHA is less toxic than aspirin, caffeine and even common table salt. Based on our research, the maximum amount of DHA that could accidentally be ingested or breathed during a one minute Mystic Tan™ sunless tanning session would be .05 milligrams (equivalent to less than one grain of common table salt). Ingesting this minimal amount of DHA should pose no health risk to the consumer.

Should I cover my hair while tanning in the Mystic Tan™ tanning booth?

Many customers wear a disposable shower cap, provided by the salon, to keep Tanning Myst from getting into their hair. Other customers tan without covering their hair. The Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst does not penetrate the hair follicle. The Insta-Color Bronzer we use in our BronzMyst™ is water-soluble and will easily wash out.

Are there any optional precautions I can use with the Mystic Tan™ booth?

When applying DHA sunless products in a spray or mist, it may be difficult to avoid exposure to eyes and lips or guard against accidental inhalation of the Tanning Myst. Mystic Tan™, Inc. and the FDA recommend that users cover the area of the eyes with standard UV tanning eyewear, protect the lips with lip balm, and use a nose filter to protect membranes in the nasal passages, as well as avoid inhaling or ingesting the product.

How do I towel off after my Mystic Tan™ session?

The Tanning Myst applied in the Mystic Tan™ tanning booth is moist and very fine. Your skin will feel hydrated and nourished. Tiny droplets remaining on your arms or legs after the session are easily removed by toweling dry. Toweling won't streak your tan, and any Tanning Myst that wipes onto the towel is excess and will not affect your tan. Just towel off the same way you do when you take a shower and then get dressed.

How quickly can I get dressed after a Mystic Tan™ tanning session?

Once you've towel dried, there's little chance of any bronzer or DHA getting on your clothes. If you perspire soon after your Mystic Tan™ tanning session, some of the bronzer may transfer to your clothing. Since the bronzer is completely water-soluble, it will wash out.

How long should I wait after a tanning session before showering?

To give the DHA enough time to fully set, we recommend waiting a minimum of 4 hours after tanning. Showering sooner may diminish the intensity of the tan. If you tanned using BronzMyst, the Insta-Color Bronzer will wash off in the shower, but the DHA that creates your longer-lasting tan will remain.

Does Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst have any smell after contact with my skin?

Some people notice a slight starchy smell on their skin a few hours after a tanning session. This is simply the DHA reacting to proteins in your skin and it fades away fairly quickly.

Will swimming affect my tan?

Swimming in chlorinated water or salt water can fade the Mystic Tan™ results, cause possible streaking and will diminish the length of your tan. However, normal activities such as bathing, showering or physical activities will not affect the quality of the tan.

If I tan in the Mystic Tan™ tanning booth, can I also tan in tanning beds and in the sun?

Yes. There is nothing in the Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst that would prevent you from tanning in tanning beds or the sun. In fact, a number of customers have found that tanning with UV rays and the Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst actually gives them a better overall tan. If you plan to use a tanning bed and the Mystic Tan™ booth in the same day, we recommend that you use the tanning bed first. Remember, however, that the Mystic Tan™ tan does not give you any protection from UV rays.

I have fair skin and have never been able to tan. Will I look tan after a Mystic Tan™ tanning session?

A great benefit of Mystic Tan™ is that it is perfect for individuals who can't or prefer not to tan conventionally.

Can I use the Mystic Tan™ booth if I am pregnant?

We recommend consulting with your doctor before proceeding with a Mystic Tan™ tanning session.

Has anyone had an allergic reaction to Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst?

The components we use in our Tanning Myst have been successfully used in cosmetics and food products for decades, and are proven safe for use on the skin. If you've had previous allergic reactions to self-tanning lotions or cosmetics, you may want to do a "patch test" first. Put a small amount of Mystic Tan™ Tanning Myst on a small area of your skin to test for possible reactions.

What Are People Saying?

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