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Tanning for Special Events Guide

The holidays are here! During this time of year, the employees at the tanning salons are always getting last minute phone calls from clients asking how to get tan fast. Some of the most popular times for spray tans include Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day.  Here are some helpful tips to make sure you are glowing during this festive season.

Start tanning early:

If you plan on tanning in a tanning bed, to get your color this season, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to build your tan at a safe pace. You want at least two weeks to build your tan in a Level 1 or 2 bed and about a week in a Level 3 or 4 bed, getting in a minimum of 4 tanning sessions a week.

Use tanning lotion:

Did you know that when you tan without a lotion, it can take 5-7 minutes for the tanning process to start? Pairing your tanning with a great tanning lotion will accelerate the process, as well as supply your skin with the necessary skin care (anti-aging, firming, hydrating, etc.) to keep your skin looking youthful and your tan lasting longer.

Try a spray tan:

If you’re in a pinch, and need a quick tan, try a spray tan. Sunchain offers two spray tanning options: Mystic Booth Spray Tan and South Seas Custom Air Brush. Mystic Spray Tans can be done any time throughout the day and Custom Air Brush Spray Tans are by appointment only.

For both spray tans, you want to be sure to schedule all beauty appointments (hair cuts, manicures/pedicures, waxing, etc.) before you plan to spray. Also make sure that after you get your spray tan, you will not be doing anything with excessive movement, or water involved. Any type of moisture can stop the tanning process, potentially streaking your spray tan results.

It is best to arrive for your spray tan with clean, exfoliated skin, and loose clothing.  It can take up to 8 hours to fully process a spray tan, and if you’re still in a pinch for time, try one of our accelerator lotions, which can process your spray tan quicker, in 2-4 hours!

Holiday Gifts:

Don’t forget to get some presents while you’re in. Our salons offer great gifts throughout the year like teeth whitening kits, bronzing powders, and extender lotions, as well as gift cards!!

Hopefully we can help make your holiday season as great as it can be!!

Happy Holidays!

– Sunchain Staff

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