Bella Beach Tan

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In a Nutshell

Mystic tanning system helps clients achieve a streak-free tan in minutes, providing them with a golden glow lasting 5–7 days

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Promotional value expires Nov 15, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for clients active within the past 6 months. Must be 14 or older. Clients younger than 17 must be accompanied by guardian. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $20 for one Mystic spray tan ($35 value)
  • $50 for three Mystic spray tans ($95 value)

The Science of Spray Tanning: Sugar-Based Bronzing

When you step into a spray-tan booth, you set off a chemical reaction in your skin. Groupon explores this feat of chemistry.

A spray tan isn’t paint or makeup; it goes on clear. And it doesn’t affect melanin, the stuff that darkens skin exposed to sun. How does a spray tan work, then? It all comes down to a chemical called dihydroxyacetone—or DHA, as its friends call it.

DHA is a kind of sugar; like food sugars, it can even be derived from sugar cane or beets. When applied, it begins to interact with amino acids in the skin’s outer layer and turn it darker. But it’s not living tissue that it’s after: DHA associates mostly with the dead skin cells that cover your body. As these cells naturally fall off over time—which they do so frequently that after about a month, you have an entirely new epidermis—the color fades gradually until it’s back to its original state, usually after a week or so. That’s why salons recommend exfoliating before getting a spray tan: if you remove the skin cells that will be first to fall off anyway, your tan will last longer.

If spray-tan formulas all start out colorless, how can tanning salons offer different darkness levels? They simply up the concentration of DHA for clients who want to go darker. Those new to spray tanning should be careful, however. A higher concentration of DHA could mean a more orange tint, so starting at a light concentration and working your way up—or spacing out multiple applications at the same concentration—is wise. To counteract any tangerine tendencies, some formulas add a second chemical known as erythrulose. Derived from the sugars found in raspberries, erythrulose produces a reddish tint that complements the orange tones in DHA to create a more natural-looking color.

Bella Beach Tan

Customization is key at Bella Beach Tan. The studio offers multiple levels of UV tanning in standard and upright beds—such as the Elite 756v—so customers can build a base tan and work up from there. For those who prefer to bronze sans rays, airbrush technicians use Norvell tanning solutions to bestow each client with a tan that matches their skin type and desired shade, and the formula dries quickly.

Customer Reviews

Alyssa was great! Very professional and made you feel comfortable while airbrushing. The tan lasted approx. 5 full days, and may have lasted a bit longer if I didn't spend 6 hours in a wave pool with my little son. I definetly recommend Bella and Alyssa, and have plans to go back for my next 2 vacations in a few weeks!
Michele T. · August 9, 2015
Friendly and helpful staff. Clean place! Definitely recommend
Gemma L. · January 14, 2015
Merchant Location Map
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    Bella Beach Tan

    2101 Rt. 35 N. Holmdel next to Marshalls and A & P

    Holmdel, NJ 08750

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  2. 2

    Half Baked Tan

    385 Hwy. 36 Port Monmouth On the corner of 36 and Main

    Port Monmouth, NJ 07758

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