Spray tanning simulates two favorite pastimes: sunbathing at the beach, and sticking your head under the mist sprayers in the produce section. Get a healthy sheen with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $19 for one in-salon full-body airbrush tan ($39 value)
- $24 for one mobile full-body airbrush tan ($49 value)
In the salon, a 14-inch duct fan ensures proper ventilation while techs spend 15 minutes creating custom bronze glows. Mobile tanning sessions yield the same look in the comfort of your home.
Sunless Tanning: Give Your Skin Some Sugar
A spray tan is obviously different from sunbathing, but it's also more complex than simply painting over the skin. Check out our explanation to learn the science behind sunless tanning.
Besides covering your body in beige post-its, there are two primary ways to get a rich, deep tan without exposure to UV rays: bronzers and self-tanners. Based on a combination of moisturizers and tinted powders, bronzers stain the skin to darken it temporarily, resulting in a synthetic tan that can easily be scrubbed off with soap and water. Self-tanners, meanwhile, actually affect the skin on a cellular level, emulating the natural effects of sunlight to create a lasting color. Available in forms ranging from lotions to airbrush sprays, self-tanners make use of a colorless sugar compound called dihydroxyacetone, more commonly known as DHA.
When applied to the skin, DHA triggers a safe chemical reaction—similar to the browning effect on bread's outer crust—in amino acids on the skin's surface, producing complex polymers called melanoidins. These polymers exhibit a darkened appearance virtually identical to the natural pigmentation caused by melanin during UV exposure. Unlike sun tanning, however, this process only affects the cells in the outermost layer of the epidermis, and since the body sloughs off millions of surface-level skin cells everyday—billions when we wear our trendiest sandpaper suits—sunless tans tend to fade significantly after about two days.
EO Tan's technicians—or Tantresses, as the company calls them—bring a lot of flexibility to their work. Wielding high-volume, low-pressure air brushes, they can apply tans just about anywhere, whether stopping by someone's home or beating the sun to the punch at the beach. They also work out of various salon locations, where they cater to customers who prefer a more spa-like experience. They use a proprietary formula also called Tantress to bronze skin, specifically formulated to avoid producing the orange tint caused by some sunless tanning formulas.