Does the 1-hour tan work? Yes, rapid tans work well and sometimes too well, depending on the brand.

The ‘Express’, ‘Rapid’ or the ‘1 Hour’ tan is the latest tanning technology. The following guide will advise you on the ‘Rapid Tan’ aspects.

Rapid spray tans were introduced for clients who don’t have time to wait for the 8-hour development of regular spray tans. This could benefit a client who can’t enter a beauty salon on weekdays due to a full-time job or children to look after.

Spray tan derives from organic plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar canes, and this is what reacts with the amino acids in the skin, turning them brown.

Fast tans work quicker than ordinary tanning products because they have a higher amount of sugars (DHA) inside them, meaning they turn the surface layer of the skin brown in just one hour, getting darker as time goes on.

A rundown of the quick tan

This tan is great for:

General wash-off times for express spray tans 

Instructions for washing your quick developing spray tan after:

The general idea is that the longer you leave your rapid spray tan on, the darker it will get. It will not, however, gain any darker after 8-9 hours.

Are they as good?

Absolutely! Express tans are just as good, if not better, than everyday tanning products.

Fast tans have the potential to be better than long-developing tans because you have them on for less time. Therefore there will be less chance of damaging it.

Help, my tans disappeared!

Don’t worry; fast tans can be washed off sooner, but reaching your expected result can take a while.

It’s a bit confusing. So let’s picture a scenario.

Lauren gets an express spray tan at 9 am and wants a medium shade. Her therapist advises her to wash it off between noon (3 hours). Lauren washes the tan off at 12 and notices a change in skin colour but hasn’t reached her desired shade. The more then hours go by, the darker she gets. Therefore, depending on the brand, she calls her desired skin shade by around 9 pm or the next day.

So what does this all mean?

Well, it means that express tans are more about the convenience of washing your tan off earlier so you aren’t stuck in it all day. It can be helpful for those:

So does this mean I would be better off getting a fast tan the day before my event? Yes, you will reach the shade you initially desired with more time. That doesn’t mean if you didn’t have the chance to tan the night before, you won’t get at least a glow from your express tan on the same day.

This is why it’s best not to spray tan nude with rapid tans, so you or your client can see the difference in the tan line from underwear.

Oops, I forgot to shower!

There is not much you can do now, I’m afraid. However, most tanning brands don’t go too dark, so don’t worry.

Whatever you do, don’t try to scrub it off; you will leave your tan looking patchy.

Most effective rapid spray tans

Nouvatan’s ‘It’s About Time (20% DHA spray tan solution)

but I also love St.Tropez’s fast tan, Vita Liberata and Sienna-X’s ‘Tonight’s The Night’. However, I need to review

I love this 1-hour tan, and I can guarantee it will work well on any client. If your client likes it dark, get them to wear it for as long as possible, and they will be tanned on the same night.

Even after 30 mins with this accelerated spray tan, you will have a tan line after washing it off. Superb! FYI, Nouvatan’s products can only be purchased on their website, but they do great deals on bulk buys. So when riding retail products, it’s great that your clients can only buy them from you instead of just picking them up at their local drugstore.

I also love this tan because Nouvatan gives you a fragrance-free option; this means less alcohol in the product and no overpowering fragrance.

I’ve only tried this spray tan a few times, but I was impressed because it worked well and went dark. I found it was similar to the darkness level in Nouvatan but just differed in hue. You can buy this product in-salon services online or in their shop.

St. Tropez Express
This tan has a fresh citrus smell which makes your client feel fantastic! It works well but takes longer to develop compared to Nouvatan and Sienna-X. It’s an excellent rapid tan for people who love a natural-looking glow. I would wear it for 6 hours minimum if I went out that night. 

After you wash your rapid spray tan colour guide off after the desired hours, your tan will continue to develop even though it’s been washed off.

What our clients say:

“Always get the rapid rinse spray tan, it works so well, and it’s great that I can run errands after without damaging it”. Sandra T – Mindbody app, United Kingdom

“I tried the 2-hour spray tan this time, and it turns out the same shade as the usual shade I pick at the salon. Great even coverage as usual”. Petra L – Mindbody app, United Kingdom

“I recommend all my friends to Tropicoco – I swear by the 3-hour spray tan as I’ve got kids to tend to! I don’t mind getting either of the tans, to be honest, but bathing the kids and going to the gym is easier when I can wash the tan off first” Angela R – Mindbody app, United Kingdom.