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It's a private, self-contained system that employs a revolutionary spray-on process to apply uniform amounts of Mystic Tan HD Tanning Solution to the entire body in just seconds. The Mystic Tan system utilizes personal single use cartridges and additives that can be blended to create the perfect combination for all skin types and desired results.

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The Mystic Tan HD booth will spray you from head to toe with an exclusive solution containing Erythrulose and DHA, which work together to provide a tan that is long-lasting and even. The solution is fragrance-free, bronzer-free and color-free, which allows you to customize your Mystic Tan HD results.

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Your Total Tan Tanning Consultant will give you a very detailed walk though on how the Mystic Tan HD Booth works. They will give you step-by-step instructions on the before and after aspects of your Mystic session. While the actual time in the booth only takes one minute, you will need to allow yourself 10-15 minutes to complete the entire process.

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To give the DHA enough time to fully set, we recommend waiting a minimum of 4 hours after a Mystic Tan HD session. Showering sooner may diminish the intensity of the tan. If you tanned using a bronzer additive, the insta-color bronzer™ will wash off in the shower, but the DHA that creates your longer-lasting tan will remain.


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Yes. There is nothing in the HD Mystic Tan Tanning Solution that would prevent you from tanning in a UV unit or in the sun. In fact, a number of customers have found that tanning with UV rays and the Mystic Tan HD actually gives them a better overall tan. If you do plan to use a UV unit and the Mystic Tan HD Booth in the same day, we recommend that you use the UV unit first. 

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Not at all! 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. The Mystic process ensures that a uniform micro-spray of Mystic Tan tanning Myst covers the entire body in the exact amount required to produce a smooth, even, and natural-looking tan.

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Typically your Mystic Tan will last between 5-7 days depending on your post-session care. We offer several products that will maximize your results and help you maintain your golden color for the longest possible time.

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Many people do not wear anything. The room is completely private 
and if you would like, tanning  nude is perfectly acceptable. 
If you choose to wear a bathing suit, underwear, or anything else, please be aware that whatever you wear may be stained. 
The bronzer we use for your initial color is water-soluble and should 
wash out of clothing, but the DHA applied may cause 
permanent stains on any clothing worn inside the booth.

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If any excess moisture remains on your skin's surface after a session, simply use a towel to remove it- it is OK to towel off completely just as you do when you shower. This will not cause your tan to streak.


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• FDA recommends that DHA not be used in the eyes or surrounding area. Protective eyewear is recommended and can be supplied by the salon. If eyes feel irritated, gently splash with water. For additional questions or if irritation persists, consult a health care professional. 

• FDA recommends that DHA not be inhaled. Nose filters are recommended, which can be supplied by the salon. For additional questions or if irritation persists, consult a health care professional.

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Many people wear disposable shower caps (provided by Total Tan) to 
keep the solution from getting in their hair. Others Mystic without 
covering their hair. The solution will not penetrate the hair follicles.

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Tingles increase microcirculation and oxygenation to the skin, allowing you to produce a darker tanning result.  Tingles can also make you feel hot, itchy, and make you sweat, which may alter your skin's pH levels and result in a higher chance of developing an uneven spray tan.
Also, some clients prefer to shower immediately after using a Tingle product  to alleviate the uncomfortable sensation but since you must delay showering for 4-6 hours after a Mystic you wouldn't be able to wash off the tingle (without streaking).


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

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Every tanner should wear an indoor tanning lotion while tanning to
maximize the results of your visit. Moist skin tans at least 40% faster than
when dry. Therefore you receive a better tan for your money while using an
indoor lotion. 

 

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Outdoor lotion is not permitted in indoor tanning units. They contain oils which will harm the acrylics on our equipment.

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Proper eye protection must be worn when tanning indoors. Your eye is very delicate & vulnerable to serious damage from UVA & UVB light. Your eyelid is too thin to protect your eye from UV light, so simply closing your eyes is not an effective alternative.

Afraid of "Raccoon Eyes"?  Slightly adjust your eyewear while tanning, without removing it. We also recommend makeup or self-tanner to help blend in any white areas.

You must show FDA approved eyewear before tanning. It's the law!

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  We carry $13 nail savers that you can purchase to protect your nails. Nail savers are reusable and will protect your nails from stains and discoloration while in tanning units or spray booths.

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Cover tattoos when tanning to prevent discoloration. Protect those beautiful works of art with Australian Gold's SPF 60 Tattoo Stick with Ultimate Fade Protection. It helps prevent ink discoloration while providing intense moisture to brighten tattoo colors and it's only $6!

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It is impossible to make a simple comparison between tanning equipment and the sun. Combinations of tanning lamps and electrical equipment can result in varying levels of UV light output.

Factors such as proximity to the equator, air pollution levels, time of day,  month of the year, cloud coverage, altitude, reflective surfaces, and more will all determine how much UV light one can get at any given time or place.

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You should wait at least 24 hours between tanning sessions. Following the FDA approved schedule is the best recommendation. Absolutely no one should tan more than once every 24 hours.

 

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That's up to you! You may wear swimwear, underwear, or tan nude. All beds & booths have locked dressing rooms for your privacy and all units are sanitized between each client.

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MOISTURIZE! Your skin is constantly renewing itself. The drier your skin is, the faster it wants to shed its top layers and bring new skin to the surface. However, most over-the-counter moisturizers contain mineral oil, which actually strips your tan. A specialized tan extender will help extend the life of your tan.

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In an effort to simplify our pricing structure we have grouped similarly priced equipment into "Levels".

Level One -  Regular Bed/Booth, Light Stream Booth, 48-Bulb VHR Booth
Level Two - Facial Bed, SunDome Booth
Level Three - Ultra 10 Booth
Level Four -Icon Bed, Orbit Bed, Eclipse Booth
Level Five - Sungate Bed, SunScape Bed
Level Six - MegaSun Bed, Future Sun Bed

More information about our equipment can be found here.

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Use a Tannie! Tannies are washable & reusable caps that help prevent UVA and UVB rays from fading hair color and are available to purchase for $12.

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In an effort to simplify our pricing structure we have grouped similarly priced equipment into "Levels".

Level One -  Regular Bed/Booth, Light Stream Booth, 48-Bulb VHR Booth
Level Two - Facial Bed, SunDome Booth
Level Three - Ultra 10 Booth
Level Four -Icon Bed, Orbit Bed, Eclipse Booth
Level Five - Sungate Bed, SunScape Bed
Level Six - MegaSun Bed, Future Sun Bed

More information about our equipment can be found here.

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Even if you're clearly over 18 or we know who you are we must verify your age every time you tan—it's a NY state law. Other tanning regulations can be found here.

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Most of our salons now use finger scanning technology to verify a client's identity. We don't store your actual fingerprint, and we can't use it to access any of your personal or confidential information.  We only store an average directional pattern, not the entire print.

This is the best way to ensure that you (and only you) are using your package, as no one can share the average direction of your fingerprints. This technology doesn't have the capability to keep an exact image of your fingerprint. The image is also not retrievable by anyone. As a company we have decided to move in this direction to ensure the integrity of your purchases made here.

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Even if you're clearly over 18 or we know who you are we must verify your age every time you tan—it's a NY state law. Other tanning regulations can be found here.

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It's a NY State law and Total Tan Policy that you must show FDA approved eyewear each time you tan. Other tanning regulations can be found here.

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 Who Can Tan?

Total Tan operates in NY and PA and complies with the laws of those states. There can be no exceptions to the below policy under any circumstances.

Remember: 

  • Eyewear and ID (or finger scan) required at every visit
  • All members limited to one (1) session each day per FDA approved schedule

Clients Over 18: 

  • All clients will be required to show FDA approved eyewear at each visit. 
  • Persons eighteen (18) years of age or older must provide a driver's license or other photo identification, issued by a government entity or educational institution, before using UV radiation devices.
  • All clients will be required to sign The Tanning Facility Statement of Acknowledgement every 12 months.

Clients Under 18: 

  • No person under the age of 17 may tan in UV tanning devices.
  • Clients 15, 16, and 17 years old may use our UV-Free Mystic Tan HD Spray unit. Parent or guardian must be present.
  • All clients between the ages of 17 and 18 will be required to have the Tanning Facility Parental Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian, in the presence of a Total Tan employee, every 12 months.
 Parent or guardian must be present. Notes from parent or guardian will not be accepted.

If you have a question that isn't answered here, please contact us via e-mail or call your local Total Tan salon.