My review of the Mystic Tan booth

Hi! So… I’m in a wedding today! My dress color is Bahama Breeze, which is a light but bright blue color. Very pretty and very beachy. But as you can see from this recent picture, my tone does not scream “bahama breeze”

I needed some quick color and I needed it fast. I am an avid opponent of tanning beds, so I knew that wasn’t an option, BUT, I was up for the spray tan! I did a trial run a few weeks ago on the light setting and it turned out well, so I decided to go up a notch to medium today.

This was before I left for my appointment.

I had just taken a shower where I exfoliated myself and did not use moisturizer, which killed me. I wanted the tanning solution to really sink in. I did moisturize my face, though.

I went to Spa Ni’Joli in Methuen for this. I’ve been to this salon for other things and I really like it there. From my experiences I would say that it is very well run and a nice relaxing atmosphere.

I went into the tanning room and was given my table of tools.

The only thing I used before the process was the shower cap. The pink things in that jar in the back are nose plugs if you’re worried about breathing in the solution, but I don’t use them.

I put my hair up and put the cap on, slightly above my hairline so there’s no awkward tan line, and tucked it behind my ears. Then I turned to the machine.

There are foot pads in the floor that “ground” you, so that the spray is attracted to you. You can actually see the spray swirling around you and coming toward your body.

There are four spray cycles, and the machine talks to you and tells you when to rotate and which number to put each foot on. Its like a high tech game of Naked Showercap Twister.

When I came out, I scrubbed my palms and bottoms of my feet and between my fingers and toes and gently dabbed the tops of my hands and feet. The solution processes faster on the hands and feet and the salon decided that this method worked better than the barrier cream for preventing Oompah Loompah hands and feet.

The solution is clear takes 4-6 hours to fully develop. When I came out of the machine the first time, I thought I was being ripped off, since there was no change at all to my pasty-ness.

You have to wait the 4-6 hours to shower or work out. Its definitely sticky for a bit afterwards, even though they claim its not. I wouldn’t say its a deal breaker, though. And after I was completely dry, it didn’t bother me at all. 6 hours later, I noticed a difference, and I woke up this morning with more color, but I still look like myself, which was the goal. I do not have crazy orange/tan hands and feet, either!

And here is a before and after. On the left was the day before my spray tan, on the right is the day after.

I would highly recommend the Mystic Tan if you need some quick color! Safer than a tanning bed with speedy results! Bring on the Bahama Breeze!

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9 Responses to My review of the Mystic Tan booth

  1. Michelle says:

    I’ve never tried spray tanning but the results look great! Hope you have a blast at the wedding!

  2. Elizabeth K. says:

    Well, this process is a definite improvement over what I tried 3 years ago. You look great and no rub-off on your clothes, obviously. Thanks for the tip!

  3. megabrooke says:

    nice! it looks really natural on you… and i didn’t know you could get “light” and “medium”- i like that. how’s the price range, if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks! There is also a “dark” option, but they said that people only get that if they already have dark skin… which I do not 😉 It was $32 for the tan, but I’m not sure if its the same at every salon. I don’t know that I’d do it on a weekly basis, but its great for special events!

  4. I did Mystic Tan many years ago and when I started to sweat the color started to form little balls all over my skin. I should definitely give it a try again though. Your color is just right with no orangey. I’m so impressed!Right now I’m digging the whole Neutrogena Express tan lotion stuff.

    • Michelle says:

      I did a trial run to make sure it wasn’t going to be orangey! I also love the Jergens moisturizer with the self-tanner in it!

  5. Kelseu says:

    Never got a spray tan but considering it for an out oftown wedding. A few questions hopefully you can answer? How long did it last before it wore off? Did it come off on any of your clothes and when it wears off is it noticeable?


    • Michelle says:

      Thanks for your comment! I’d say it lasted about a week, five days at full strength. And it did not come off on my clothes at all. Also, it faded/wore off very naturally! Hope that helps!

  6. Stacy says:

    Thanks for posting your spray tan experience! I’m leaving for Jamaica on Sunday and am getting a Mystic spray tan on Saturday for the first time. I was really nervous, but feel a lot better after reading about your experience and seeing your pictures.

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