Uv-Free Tanning Information & Preparation

UV-Free Tanning

The New HD booth by Mystic Tan is the latest in UV-free tanning technology. It uses Mystic Tan’s patented MagnaTan technology and sweeping airbrush motion to give each client a perfectly uniform tan in just 90 seconds. The booth works with individual single-use tanning cartridges giving our clients the freedom to choose from a Clear or Dark Bronzing Solution. There is a heater in the unit to keep you warm and comfortable during the session as well as assist in drying the solution.

Tanning cartridges are available in Clear or Dark Bronzing Solution, for lighter or darker results. The Clear solutions goes on clear and has 9% DHA and the Dark Bronzing Solution has 9.5% DHA plus has an added cosmetic bronzer for instant results.

Because the treatment takes only 90 seconds it is especially convenient for people that don’t have time to spend hours tanning and who want instant results or those people who are cautious of UV rays but want a nice, natural looking glow. UV-free tanning is great for people who have events, parties, photo shoots, upcoming vacations or who just want to maintain the perfect glow year round.

MagnaTan Technology

MagnaTan technology is an electro static system developed and patented by Mystic Tan. How it works is quite simple. As the My Myst booth is mysting and the tanning solution is passing through the mysting nozzle, the nozzle is giving the tanning solution particles a negative charge. Your body has a natural positive charge that is intensified by the four MagnaTan positioning plates that guests stand on during the My Myst tanning session. As opposites attract, the solution is naturally attracted to any areas of exposed skin, resulting in a completely beautiful uniform sunless tan.

Mystic Tan Preparation

Before a Mystic Tan session clients should follow a few simple guidelines to get the best Mystic Tan results possible. An instructional DVD may be viewed in the lobby prior to your session. A staff member will run you through it prior to your session and give you tips on how to receive the best Mystic Tan possible.

Exfoliate / Prep

The day before receiving a Mystic Tan clients are encouraged to exfoliate in the shower. Immediately prior to your Mystic session it is recommended to spray yourself with the pH Balancing Prep Spray ($3 extra). It is also available for purchase so you can use it at home before and after your Mystic Tan to help maintain your gorgeous colour. It is the most effective skin pH balancer for faster, longer-lasting, deeper brown and consistent sunless tanning results.

XL-A-TAN pH Balancing Prep Spray boost self-tanning results! XL-A-TAN speeds the reaction time of DHA within the skin cutting down color development time.

  • Mild Exfoliation: Glycolic spray gently exfoliates and cleanses skin for optimum, long-lasting DHA results.
  • Enhances DHA Results: Fruit Prime Extract helps to adjust the skin’s pH level to enhance the DHA reaction, resulting in a deeper, more golden brown tan.
  • Browner, Golden Color: Lower skin pH results in a browner – not “orange” more realistic, natural looking tan.
  • Adds Moisture: pH Balancing Spray is designed to add additional moisture to the skin combating the drying effects of DHA.

Shaving / Waxing

Any shaving or waxing should be done 24 hours prior to a Mystic Tan. Also be sure to wash off any residue from wax or shaving creams from all shaved areas before doing a Mystic Tan session. Be sure not to apply ANY moisturizers, make-up or deodorants before a Mystic Tan session, as they will interfere with the development of the Mystic Tan.


The solution will come out of most clothing. Elastic waistbands, silk, spandex and rayon are fabrics that the solution will not come out of. We recommend that you bring a change of clothes or that you wear loose fitting, older clothing the day you come in to do a Mystic Tan. Also pay close attention to things like bra straps; the solution will not come out of elastic banding in clothes so wear older or dark colored undergarments to the salon before a Mystic Tan. Wearing clothing such as bathing suits or undergarments inside the booth during your Mystic Tan session is not recommended.

Combining Mystic with the Suncapsule 220

Using the Stand Up for 4 minutes after your Mystic session will accelerate the absorption of the solution as well as help boost your colour with natural UV rays. It is not recommended to tan for more than 4 minutes in the Stand Up after your Mystic session due to the possibility of sweat affecting the Mystic tan. For your convenience a clean robe will be supplied so you won’t need to dress between your sessions. This option is available for an additional $5.

Important Points

  • Avoid using any kind of moisturizer that is oil based for the 24-hour period prior to your session.
  • Dry skin absorbs more solution but can appear blotchy and uneven. Beware of dry winter skin!
  • It’s very important to use Blending Cream on the bottom of your feet as most of the solution drops to the ground and ends up on the bottom of your feet.
  • Solution will rub off on your clothes for the first 24 hours or until your first shower.
  • Solution won’t stain most types of clothing or material, but will stain elastic waistbands, silk, spandex and rayon.
  • The Dark Bronzing Solution will rinse off in the shower for the first 24 hours but you will not lose your tan.
  • If you’re not completely dry after your session pat yourself dry starting with your feet.
  • Wash your hands immediately to avoid discolouration on your hands and in the creases.

Mystic Tan Recommendations

  • Use pH Balancing Spray (additional $3) prior to your session especially for those of you with dry skin.
  • The use of Blending Cream (no charge) on your hands and feet. (Between fingers and toes, on your nails, palms and soles of your feet).
  • Wear a hair net with your hairline exposed.
  • Remove make up before your session.
  • Wear dark colour clothing for the first 24 hours.
  • Use the supplied wipes to wipe down your feet and hands.
  • Wait a minimum of 4 hours before showering or bathing. Avoid Chlorine and pools, as it will affect your colour.
  • Maintain your colour with the Pro-long Colour Extending Moisturizer that is available for purchase.

Solution Options

Choose from a Clear or Dark Bronze Solution

Clear Solution : Will result in a natural looking glow that develops over a 24-hour period. Recommended for light-medium skin tones.

Dark Bronze Solution : Will result in a medium-to-dark tan that resembles how you would appear after weeks of tanning or “off the beach colour” that appears instantly. Recommended for medium-dark skin tones.

UV-Free Tanning and DHA

UV-fee tanning isn’t what it use to be. With technological advances to the spray tan machines and a wide array of solutions, one can now get a beautiful and natural looking tan if done properly.

DHA was first recognized as a skin-coloring agent by German scientists in the 1920s. It was noted as causing the skin surface to turn brown when spilled.

The first consumer sunless tanning lotion was introduced into the marketplace in the 1960s. This product was called “Quick Tan” or “QT”. It was sold as an overnight tanning agent, and other companies followed with similar products. Consumers soon tired of this product due to unattractive results such as orange palms, streaking and poor coloration. Unfortunately, because of the QT experience, many people today still associate sunless tanning with fake-looking orange tans.

In the 1970s the United States Food and Drug Administration added DHA permanently to their list of approved cosmetic ingredients. Today, DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is the main active ingredient in all sunless tanning skincare preparations. It may be used alone or combined with other tanning components such as erythrulose. DHA is considered the most effective sun-free tanning additive.

Sunless tanning products contain DHA in concentrations ranging from 1% to 15%. Most drugstore products range from 3% to 5%, with professional products ranging from 5% to 15%. The percentages correspond with the product coloration levels from light to dark. Lighter products are more beginner-friendly, but may require multiple coats to produce the desired color depth. Darker products produce a dark tan in one coat, but are also more prone to streaking, unevenness, or off-color tones if not applied correctly. The sunless tan takes 2 to 4 hours to begin appearing on the skin surface, and will continue to darken for 24 to 72 hours, depending on formulation type.

Once the darkening effect has occurred, the tan will not sweat off or wash away with soap or water. It will fade gradually over 3 to 10 days, in conjunction with the skin’s normal exfoliation process. Exfoliation, prolonged water submersion, or heavy sweating can lighten the tan, as these all contribute to rapid dead skin cell exfoliation (the dead skin cells are the tinted portion of the sunless tan).

DHA does not damage the skin, and is considered a safe skin-coloring agent and nutritional supplement. Most cases of sensitivity are due to other ingredients in the skin product preparation, such as preservatives, plant extracts, dyes or fragrances. DHA has been approved for cosmetic use by the FDA, the Canadian Health Ministry and most of the EU member nations.