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Spray tanning has become one of the most popular ways to get gorgeously bronzed skin. And why wouldn’t it be? At Tan Unqiue, our VersaSpa Pro tanning booth offers ten-minute gentle misting sessions in an air conditioned booth with customizable color options and simple voice commands. Spray tanning is a great alternative to sunbathing in the harsh summer weather, or even finding the time to use a tanning bed multiple sessions a week. 

However, the last days of summer are upon us and it won’t be long before we’ll be exchanging shorts and tank tops for sweaters and scarves. If you wanted to take advantage of the milder weather of early Fall, and soak up some sunshine while you still can, spray tanners may be asking themselves this question: Can I still tan through a spray tan? The answer is yes! Don’t worry, you don’t have to wait for your spray tan to fade or remove it altogether to transition into a natural tan.

Here’s how it works:

How Faux Tanning Solution Works

The active ingredient in most spray tan solutions is dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, which reacts with the top layer of your skin to deepen your color to a darker shade. Exfoliation usually takes off the top layer of dead skin cells, which is why spray tans need to be renewed every week or so. 

A really good faux tan can be tough to find. Cheap chemicals are usually to blame for the orange-tinged color that has given spray tanning a bad rep in the past. Tan Unique’s VersaSpa Pro uses strictly organic-based ingredients designed to work with the natural amino acids in your skin. This produces a bronzing effect that causes your natural skin tone to deepen into a darker shade.

Blending Faux Tan with a Real Tan

Getting a spray tan prior to going out sunbathing is an excellent idea. Starting out your new tanning routine with already beautiful bronzed skin is an easy confidence builder. It’ll also help you pace yourself, so you won’t feel the need to tan quite as fast and potentially harm your skin in the process. 

Just remember, your spray tan does not act as a barrier between your skin and overexposure from the sun. Make sure to use plenty of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or 30 when trying to attain a natural golden glow. We recommend waiting to properly exfoliate until three days after your spray tan to encourage an even fade of your old spray tan into your newer, natural glow.

Pro Tip: Bottled faux tan can be especially useful for getting rid of unsightly tan lines. Just coat the pale lines with self-tanning product and make sure to blend it into the surrounding tanned area. Make sure to use the product very sparingly at first, and wait a few hours for the color to deepen before applying any more color.


Remember, our highly trained staff is here to help you achieve your perfect tan safely. Feel free to ask us about any aspect of your tanning routine! Call us at (479) 785-1185 or stop by our salon today at 4500 Rogers Ave. Walk-ins are welcome!

4516 Rogers Avenue Suite B1 & B2
Fort Smith, AR


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday: CLOSED