Yesterday I got a spray-on tan. It took longer to get ready and step into the booth than it did for the spray part. I had to watch an instructional video first. I thought of Ross Gellar from Friends the whole time. The video demonstrated how to use the barrier cream (provided), footies (provided), hair net (provided), eye protection (not provided) and optional nose plugs (available for purchase). Then showed where to stand, how to position arms, how to start the sprayer (push glowing green button) and when to turn around.
This was a lot of information. It was fine until I was standing in the room naked and trying to remember exactly where to put the barrier cream. They stressed to be generous on finger nails and cuticles. I made sure to put extra on my palms.
The spray was cold and seemed to last longer than 14 seconds. As I turned around in the ten seconds between sprays I had plenty of time to get situated, but had visions of Ross's super-sprayed face got me turned around faster than I needed to move. Then it was over. There was a thick cloud of mist in the booth and it followed me out. I'm sure this is the point I got spray all over my hands. The instructions said to use a paper towel to remove booties and hair net, but I forgot at first.
They said not to shower for at least four hours afterward. I intended to shower at 11:30, but decided it would be better to obey my bedtime. Besides, I didn't want to stop the potential tan too early. So my white sheets are tan in the middle. I hope it comes out.
The smell is pretty much the same as with self-tan creams. I had heard it wasn't as strong, but I think it is. My legs aren't as tan as I had hoped and there is a definite line on my right foot where the bootie was. I may do a bit of touch up tonight with some cream. I scrubbed throughly this morning, but I still smell that weird smell. This could be because I got a big noseful of the spray. Does the interior of ones nose contain the pigment that causes tans? Or I'm a walking stench bomb today. I don't think I want to know.
So, the tan is as advertised but expensive. Thirty USD to stand in a booth for 38 seconds in a cold mist. I'm not sure I'll ever do it again.