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Cocktail Tanning Goes for Gold

Posted on 19/02/2014

Cocktail tanning, the latest innovation in self-tanning, is proving exceptionally popular with Sunseeker’s customers who love the darker, long-lasting tan it achieves.

With the UK experiencing the wettest winter in over a century, your summer tan probably feels like a distant memory!  Fear not.  Whilst the Winter Olympic athletes are topping up their tans thanks to unprecedented warm weather at the Olympic park in Sochi, back home it’s our new cocktail tanning service that’s going for gold.

Cocktail tanning, the latest innovation in self-tanning, is proving exceptionally popular with Sunseeker’s customers who love the darker, long-lasting tan it achieves.

What is cocktail tanning?

Cocktail tanning uses a unique combination of sunbed sessions and spray tan to create a darker tan that lasts for longer.

When skin is exposed to UV light it naturally produces melanin, which reacts with DHA (dihydroxiacetone), the tanning ingredient in spray tan solution, to create a beautifully deep tan.

A cocktail tan at Sunseekers begins with a short session of up to six minutes (dependent on skin type), on one of our state-of-the-art sunbeds.  The sunbed session prepares your skin by opening up the pores so that the spray tan solution can better penetrate your skin for a longer lasting colour.

You’ll then step into one of our automated, private booths for a full UV-free VersaSpa spray tan that takes just two minutes.  The result is a darker yet natural looking tan that lasts 8 – 10 days, even longer than a standard spray tan!

Cocktail tans at Sunseekers are always carried out by trained staff who have completed one-on-one training specific to cocktail tanning.

Top tips for cocktail tanning

  • Exfoliate a few hours before your tanning session.
  • Avoid using moisturisers before your cocktail tan as this will block your pores - you will receive a moisturizing prep spray in the VersaSpa Spray tan booth.
  • Avoid exercise immediately after your session as perspiration can affect the tan.
  • Keep skin hydrated as much as possible by moisturising daily, particularly after your first bath or shower following your cocktail tan.
  • You must be over 18 to have a cocktail tan as under 19s are not permitted to use our sunbeds.  Customers under 18 can use the VersaSpa spray tan on its own.

Cocktail tanning is currently available in five of our tanning salons in the North West for just £16:

Atherton - tel 01942 895 111

Blackpool - tel 01253 627 159

Leyland - tel 01772 905 100

Maghull - tel 0151 222 4253

Preston - tel 01772 558 151

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