How To

Achieve that perfect glow.

  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Use an exfoliating mitt, loofah or washcloth 24-48 hours before appointment.
  • Shave or wax at least 8 hours before appointment.
  • Refrain from moisturizing with any oils or using any oil based exfoliating scrubs on your body. Oils will create a barrier between the skin and tan application. Make sure to scrub all dry areas as well; elbows, ankles, knees, feet, underarms, neck and face!
  • Make sure all manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials and massages are done at least the day before your appt.
    The oils used in these services act as a barrier to the sunless solution and may result in an uneven tan.
  • Pack appropriate clothing! If it’s raining or elements are wet, make sure you have proper attire that covers you from head to toe. You don’t want one drop of rain or snow hitting your new GLOW. You will need to put on loose, dark cotton clothing after your glow – aka NO DENIM, tight waist bands, etc.
  • Take a shower – but just a warm water rinse. Any soaps, shampoos or conditioners that get on your skin the day of your tan may leave a residue and impede the sunless tanning process. Make sure not to use any “moisturizing soaps” – these will leave a film on your skin that will result in a blotchy tan. Stay far away from Dove, Dial, Ivory and similar products!
  • Skip the lotions, oils, perfume and deodorant OR plan on using an exfoliating mitt ($5) to take this all off!
  • WOMEN – Plan on wearing dark colored underwear or swimsuit bottoms. This will be your tan line. We have a female-only, professional and discreet staff, so you may wear whatever you’d like during your session.
    MEN – plan on wearing dark boxers or undergarments. We require male clients to wear bottoms. *We have disposable spa undergarments available upon request.
  • Change into a loose fitting top and bottom, no bras or tight clothing. Sweatpants, robes, pajamas, flip flops and/or loose t-shirts are best!
  • Leave solution on your skin for 16 hours unless instructed otherwise by your goGLOW specialist. CLEANSE + HYDRATE  anytime after 24 hours.
  • Rapid rinse solution must be rinsed off at the time your specialist suggests.
  • In the first warm water rinse, completely remove all cosmetic bronzers with water and hands only. Make sure the water rinses clear.
  • Do not use any products on your skin for 24 hours after your tan. All goGLOW solutions will reach final development at 24 hours.
  • Keep your skin hydrated and moisturized daily with HYDRATE. Stay away from mineral oil, AHAs, petroleum, ethanol, exfoliating and alcohol based products as these will strip your tan faster. Your goGLOW specialist will have a variety of safe, non-toxic products to preserve your goGLOW tan and promote healthy and hydrated skin, to keep your tan lasting!
  • Avoid over showering, long hot showers and baths, loofahs and exfoliants of any kind for 5-7 days. Keep in mind, the act of soaking and scrubbing during any nail treatments will remove the tan on the legs and feet.
  • Apply sunscreen, safe sun care is as equally important to us!
FAQ

goGLOW has locations in Minnesota and Illinois. goGLOW On the Go serves clients in the Twin Cities and immediate suburbs (within 15 miles of 55408). 

Alongside the industries experts in sunless tanning, goGLOW has created its own sunless solution. We source organic ingredients when possible. All solutions are custom mixed to the individual’s skin tone and are paraben-free and sulfate-free for optimal results.

 

If you are having “orange” results with other spray tans, it can be due to the variations in quality in sunless solutions. Low grade DHA and low quality (cheap) products have a tendency to react with skin poorly, causing it to look “orange.” Over exposure and over-darkening of the skin, or using expired products can also have this effect. If you are having “orange” results with high-quality solutions (like goGLOW), this could be due to your skin’s chemistry. A pH imbalance or improperly prepared skin can impact how your goGLOW tan looks. We start each service with a pH balancing solution that coats your skin and balances any overly-dry areas to create the most even and natural looking glow possible. Traditional soaps (think Dove, Dial, Caress etc.) strip the skin’s acid mantle of it’s natural repairing oils, which leads to an unbalanced pH – which creates uneven fading, rapid fading, orange tans and dry skin. We recommend our pH balancing sulfate-free CLEANSE body wash for all showers before and after your goGLOW.

 

Our team has been extensively trained on the goGLOW superior sunless tanning technique, one that cannot be replicated anywhere else. We are truly passionate about our craft and are always looking to perfect it. Simply put, it’s not a spray tan it’s a goGLOW.

If you are having “orange” results with high-quality solutions, this could be due to your skin’s chemistry. A pH imbalance or improperly prepared skin can impact how your goGLOW tan looks. We start each service with a pH balancing solution that coats your skin and balances any overly-dry skin to create the most even and natural looking glow possible. Traditional soaps strip the skins acid mantle of its natural repairing oils, which results in an unbalanced pH – which leads to uneven fading, rapid fading, orange tans and dry skin. We recommend our pH balancing sulfate-free soap-free cleanser for all of your postGLOW showers.

Our team has been extensively trained on the goGLOW superior sunless tanning technique, one that cannot be replicated anywhere else. We are truly passionate about our craft and are always looking to perfect it. Simply put, it’s not a spray tan it’s a goGLOW.

To extend your goGLOW sunless tan:

  • For your first shower, we recommend just a warm water rinse. This means no soaps! To dry, pat your skin lightly with a towel.
  • After 24 hours, shower with CLEANSE, a sulfate-free body wash. This is available to purchase at the time of your service if you so choose!
  • Avoid long hot showers, baths, loofahs and exfoliants for 5–7 days.
  • Avoid excessive sweating.
  • Apply HYDRATE twice daily 24 hours after your goGLOW. Avoid moisturizers with the following ingredients—alpha hydroxy acids, alcohol, ethanol, mineral oil and parabens. These products promote your skin’s natural exfoliation, dry skin and strip your skin of its gorgeous glow!
  • Drink plenty of water before and after your goGLOW, as it keeps your skin hydrated.
  • Minimize the time you spend in chlorinated water. Swimming in lakes, though, is A-O.K!

Your first visit includes a custom color consultation, plus service. It will last approximately 20–30 minutes for a single person session.

Our specialists arrive with a collapsible tent that is approximately 4.5 x 4.5 x 6.5 that contains our tools and protects your surroundings. We can set up anywhere you would like!

During your goGLOW session, we recommend wearing dark undergarments or swimwear. Remember, what you wear during your session will be your “tan line”!

For our male clients, undergarments are required.

For our female clients, this is up to you and your level of comfort.

After your goGLOW session, it is best to wear a robe, or loose-fitting dark cotton clothing. You should avoid wearing any denim, or tight sports wear within the first few hours, so plan accordingly.

We suggest getting a manicure and pedicure service a few days before your goGLOW tan. Getting a  full manicure and pedicure AFTER your goGLOW would involve soaking and scrubbing, which would remove the goGLOW from your hands, arms, feet, and legs.

If you need to get your nail services done AFTER the goGLOW, we recommend a “polish change only”.

Our solutions do not stain nail polish colors, and can easily be wiped off the nails.

 

Nope. The solution goGLOW employs is water-soluble and will not stain. We recommend that you wear loose-fitting dark cotton clothing right after your goGLOW session, and avoid wearing anything “dry clean only” until after your first warm water rinse.

To get the deepest and darkest results, we suggest waiting 16-24 hours before sweating, rinsing off in the shower or using any products. We use the highest grade solutions on the market today. Your tan will not feel sticky or have a strong odor before your first rinse.

Your goGLOW specialist can discuss other options with you, like our Rapid Tan formula, which allows you to rinse off in 1–4 hours. Your goGLOW specialist will give you an exact time to rinse, which depends on your skin’s complexion and your desired results. The Rapid Tan formula is best for those who are very active and would like to exercise or sweat in the first 24 hours of their goGLOW.

On average, 5–10 days. Factors such as skin type, activities and maintenance can cause your results to vary. Ask your goGLOW specialist for information about a healthy skin regimen and additional products to extend your glow.

Spray tanning on top of any layer of sunburned skin is at risk for peeling. Exfoliating aggressively prior to the spray tan may irritate the burnt area which can trigger peeling skin. Once the tan is applied, the affected area may become dry and begin the peeling process. When the tan developed and the peel occurs, it begins to look very patchy and uneven. The areas that are most at risk for peeling are the décolletage, shoulders and upper back. Even if the sunburn was mild, a few weeks ago and appears to be healed, damaged skin cells may still be under the surface and affect how your goGLOW develops. Stay protected with generous amounts of sunscreen when you have skin exposed to the sun!

24 hours after your goGLOW, you’re ready to CLEANSE and HYDRATE!

 

CLEANSE is our pH balancing and hydrating body wash, safe for daily use and perfect for using with your goGLOW custom sunless tan. We love this formula as it is sulfate-free, paraben-free, and boosts skin’s elasticity while keeping you smooth and hydrated. Hyaluronic acid, organic Calendula extract, and organic Meadowsweet extract are the all-stars in this product as they are full of antioxidants.

 

HYDRATE is our argan-oil infused whipped body butter. Apply 2 times daily post-goGLOW to increase the durability and maintain vibrancy of your goGLOW tan. This antioxidant packed hydrating body butter improves skin tone, texture and pigmentation. Lock in moisture with HYDRATE for natural, youthful looking skin everyday, but especially with your goGLOW. HYDRATE is gluten-free, vegan, paraben + sulfate-free lotion made with argan oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf juice, organic hemp seed oil and other yummy plant-based oils and hydrators.

 

 

If you do not own CLEANSE or HYDRATE yet, we suggest you AVOID soaps—and anything that contains sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate (SLS). Bar soaps and Dove body products are especially harsh to the skin, as they have the most SLS and highest pH, so those are a no-go for most skin types. SLS is an additive and an emulsifier that allows cleansing products to foam. This ingredient strips your skin of its natural oils and fatty acids—which will take your tan with it! Instead, try a soap-free & sulfate-free cleanser (like CLEANSE) in all of your showers, which will gently lift any dirt and impurities off your skin while leaving your goGLOW perfectly intact!

 

When you’re ready to moisturize and hydrate, generic drugstore lotions are not your spray tan friends! Common lotions have parabens (preservatives) to lengthen the product’s shelf life. Four different types of parabens can be found in cosmetics: ethyl paraben, butyl paraben, methyl paraben, and propyl paraben. Instead, look for lotions and products that are paraben-free and use them within 6 months to a year. Mineral oil is in most lotions and cosmetics, and works by forming an oily layer on top of the skin and trapping water in your skin. Using mineral oil based lotions will cause your tan to fade quicker because mineral oil is made from petroleum, and breaks down the spray tan on the top layer of your skin. Instead, try a natural oil that is good for your skin and spray tan—like argan-oil and coconut-oil based hydrating lotions, like HYDRATE.

 

Alpha hydroxy acids, lactic acids, citric acids and glycolic acids help your dead skin cells fall off—great for exfoliating a few days before your goGLOW but not so great to make your tan last! Skip these ingredients until your goGLOW has faded.

 

If you like to maintain a healthy anti-aging regimen on your face (toners, exfoliators, retinoids, brightening masks etc.), please continue to do so! Keep in mind, the facial skin layers will shed faster, and will lose the goGLOW color a bit faster. goGLOW TOUCH UP is an at-home aerosol sunless solution formula you can use anytime to refresh the areas that fade faster (think face, decolletage and hands!)

 

For longer vacations, or when you just want your goGLOW to last a little bit longer, you can incorporate goGLOW EXTEND into your at-home routine! EXTEND is our gradual self tanning moisturiser to extend the life of your natural and sunless glow, while illuminating and tightening the skin. This moisturizer is jam-packed with plant-based oils and antioxidants, like coconut oil,sunflower seed oil, hyaluronic acid, black tea extract, caffeine, and so many more!

Yes! But first, we’ll need a signed waiver from your parent/guardian. https://www.smartwaiver.com/v/goglowrelease/

Congratulations! We will not provide services to those in their first trimester. After your first trimester you are ready to get glowing after completion of our consent form (this can be signed when you arrive to your appointment).

Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA is primarily used as an ingredient in sunless tanning products. It is often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane, and by the fermentation of glycerin. DHA has long been FDA approved. The amino acids on your skin’s surface respond naturally to the DHA and other complementing ingredients in the tanning formula. The same process occurs when an apple is left out and it “browns.” The result? The most beautiful sunless tan you’ve ever seen.

With our training in color contouring and airbrush techniques, goGLOW specialists can subtly shift the tanning palette to respond to your body’s contours, minimizing “trouble” areas while highlighting your natural assets.

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