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Facts & Questions

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Sun FAQs

Do I need a tanning lotion?

Yes! Tanning lotion is a skin care product. Remember, our skin is the largest organ in our body and it is so important we take care of it properly. Not only do tanning skin care products add vitamins, nutrients and moisture for overall better color, but these products will actually increase your tanning potential 60-70%! Why tan more often when you can get better color, faster with the use of the right skin care products!

What bronzers & lotions do you carry at Totally Tan & Spa?

At Totally Tan & Spa, we only carry the highest quality name brand bronzers and lotions that offer the most benefits to beautify and enhance our guests’ skin and their tan. A product has to live up to our high standards before you will see it on our shelf.

Why doesn’t Totally Tan & Spa have any old high pressure “UVA” sunbeds?

Sun tanning uses two different UV rays – UVA and UVB. UVB is used to help stimulate melanin production for a base tan and increased Vitamin D production.  UVA does not help the skin produce Vitamin D. We feel UVB is more important for our overall wellness and getting a beautiful sun-kissed glow. You can trust our sunbeds for the most benefits and results.

Sunless FAQs

Why do some self tanners make me turn orange?

It can be a combination of the type of self-tanner used and the level of DHA (the active self-tanning ingredient). Self-Tanners have come a long way since their introduction. Another common reason we see this type of orange color is from pH imbalance in the skin. We always recommend using body washes and soaps that are sulfate and alcohol-free. This will not only help keep your pH level balanced but aid in longer lasting color too! At Totally Tan & Spa, we also offer a pH balancing product to be used before your airbrush tan to balance the protein level in your skin for the most natural looking results!

Will the solution from the Sunless come off on my clothes?

Some of the bronze “cosmetic tint” color may rub off on clothing or bed sheets. This is most likely to happen when you get dressed immediately after tanning. Our automated airbrush dries with every pass to ensure optimal application and to minimize the chance of the bronzers transferring to clothing. We also recommend that you wear loose-fitting, darker clothes after your Sunless session. The Cosmetic tint is water-soluble. Therefore, in most cases, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.

Why is keeping skin moisturized essential to maintain great Sunless results?

It is important to keep skin moisturized after your Sunless session as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and color will fade sooner. Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer helps hydrate skin and maintain even, natural looking color longer by providing subtle bronzers.

Should I moisturize before I do an Automated Airbrush session at Totally Tan & Spa?

You should use a moisturizer regularly to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, which will contribute to a more even, natural looking sunless tan. However, it is recommended NOT to apply moisturizers 2 hours prior to sunless tanning and 4 to 6 hours after.

How many days will a Sunless tan from Totally Tan & Spa last?

The longevity of a Sunless tan depends on the skin’s natural exfoliation process, and on the skin regimen followed before and after application. On average, a sunless tan will last 4-7 days. The “life span” of a Sunless tan also depends on your skin’s natural exfoliation. The faster your skin regenerates, the faster the sunless tan will fade. The tan created by the DHA and Erythrulose affects only the top layer of the skin and will begin to fade after 4 to 5 days as the skin naturally begins to exfoliate. Remember to moisturize for the longest lasting color!

How frequently do you recommend going in for a Sunless session? Can I do it for several days in a row?

The frequency of Sunless tanning application depends on your skin cell turn over and preference of color intensity. People with quick cell turn-overs may want to do a Sunless session every 3-4 days to keep color fresh, while others may need to apply only once every 7-10 days.

How do I prepare for my Automated Airbrush session at Totally Tan & Spa

Arrive at the Totally Tan & Spa near you showered, shaven, free of make-up, perfume, oil, body sprays, deodorant and moisturizer for optimal results. Some also prefer to exfoliate prior to their sunless session so solution has fresh, less-flaky skin during application. Bring loose, dark fitting clothing for after your session. You will be flaunting a gorgeous tan in minutes. About a total of 10 to 15 minutes with prep and post preparation.

How long should I wait after my Automated Airbrush session at Totally Tan & Spa before I shower or get wet?

It is best to wait at least 6 hours after the sunless tan application before you shower to give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins.

Can I do an Automated Airbrush session and a tanning session the same day at Totally Tan & Spa?

Yes, in fact, we recommend it! This is called a double dip! Since Sunless tanning is UV-Free, we recommend tanning prior to your automated airbrush session to help open pores for deeper, darker, longer lasting results from your airbrush tan! We highly recommend using one of our products that are made for tanning and a sunless session immediately after. Ask our Spa consultant for recommendations.

Can I work out after my Automated Airbrush session?

It is best to wait about 6 hours after your Sunless session before partaking in any strenuous activities that may cause perspiration. This will give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins as well as prevent streaking that could result from excessive perspiration.

How do I apply Barrier Cream correctly?

Barrier Cream is applied as a protective barrier to prevent unwanted color on the skin’s porous areas such as hands, feet, elbows, knees, nails and cuticles. Dispense a generous amount of Barrier Cream onto your hands and apply an even coating to the palms of the hands, in-between the fingers, tips of fingers, covering nails and around the cuticles. Also apply a generous layer of Barrier Cream to the bottom of feet, in-between the toes, covering toenails and cuticles and to the bending, rougher portions of elbows and knees.

Do I need to wear sunscreen if I have a Sunless Automated Airbrush tan?

Although you may feel and look like you have a real tan, a sunless tan is only the temporary appearance of a tan and therefore provides your skin with no real sunburn protection. It is still recommended to wear sunscreen when outdoors to protect your skin from overexposure.

Spa FAQs

What are the benefits of Infrared Wellness Therapy at Totally Tan & Spa?

Burn Fat • Detoxify • Feel Great
The infrared Wellness Therapy treatment at Totally Tan & Spa offers a myriad of physical and psychological benefits through heat and light therapy. Experience the tranquil infrared heat that purifies the body, boost energy and shrinks belly fat.
• Naturally Detoxify • Shrink Belly Fat • Boost Energy • Anti-Aging • Look & Feel Younger

What are the potential benefits of Red Light Therapy at Totally Tan & Spa?

Red Light Therapy accelerates the production of collagen and elastin proteins. This gentle, yet extremely effective treatment, is very beneficial as an anti-aging and skin rejuvenation tool when used with Red Light products.

Does Red Light Therapy or Infrared at Totally Tan & Spa have UV Rays?

Red Light Therapy and Infrared Therapy at Totally Tan & Spa are UV free services.

Float FAQs

How long should I wait to float after a spray tan?

Floats can strip color,  we recommend you waiting 5-7 days to float after your spray tan.

Can I tan and float in the same day?

Yes. You can tan and float in the same day! It is recommended to tan after your float session when using a bronzer. We have showers available, you must shower prior to floating.

If using multiple services in one visit, what order should I use them in?

You can not Spray Tan before floating . The services you can enjoy prior to your float are our Luxury Spa & Sun services.

I just got a tattoo and/or body piercing should I float?

Salt + open wound = ouch!  We do supply Petroleum Jelly for any minor scratches, hang nails, etc.  We recommend waiting until your tattoo/body piercings are fully healed before stepping into our floats.

What is the water like?

At body temperature and thousands of pounds of Epsom salt, the water you’ll find yourself reclined in will have you losing track of where it ends and your body begins.

How long do I float?

For an hour – or more if you’d like – your mind is free of distraction and your body is free of gravity. The nothingness of that experience, is everything and more.

What happens when I float?

The outside world is now non-existent. Your focus can turn inwards where amazing things will happen.  It is an experience you have to try to fully understand!

Should I eat before my float?

Absolutely up to you. We recommend eating a light meal 30 minutes before your float, you don’t want to hear your stomach growling while you’re trying to relax.

Are you in complete darkness?

You can be!  Some floaters like to be in total darkness while others like to have some light. Our floats are equipped with an incredible fiber optic system, so you can float underneath a star like surface. We also have a colored light that illuminates the entire float space. Everything can be toggled on or off depending on your preference.

Is there a ‘right way’ to float?

No. There’s no right or wrong way to float. Keep the lights and/or fiber optics on or off. Listen to music or float in complete silence the choice is yours.

How does floating affect my skin?

Thousands of pounds of rich Epsom salt cradling your body will leave your skin silky and your hair smooth when you emerge. Unlike what you experience after a long bath, your skin will not be pruney! Epsom salt has a long list of skin benefits.

Is it clean?

Extremely!  We are clean freaks at Totally Tan & Spa and we set out to find the float tank with the absolute best filtration system.  We have a 1 Micron Filtration System that is able to filter particles from the water 1 micron in size and FDA compliant for drinking water. Standard competitors use a 10-30 Micron filter system.  We have the first and only top rated filter made specifically for float tanks.

What can I expect?

Every float experience is different and unique to each user. But probably something you’ve never felt before.

What if I don’t know how to float?

No problem. The Epsom salt solution will make it impossible not to float. You couldn’t not float if you tried!

What should I do to prepare?

Nothing specific. Ideally avoid caffeine 60-90 minutes before you float. It also is recommended to not shave or wax right beforehand because the healing Espom salt might sting a bit.

What kind of tanks do you have?

We use the Superior Float Tank brand. The same brand trusted by celebrities, famous musicians and sporting teams like the New England Patriots, Ohio State Buckeyes and other major professional & collegiate level universities. It delivers an unparalleled floating experience like none other, it also is made right here in the USA.

What do I need to bring?

Nothing. Just bring yourself and be ready to escape reality, if you would like to bring personal care items you are more than welcome but everything you need will be provided.

Age requirement for floating?

12 and older. People ages 12 and older may float, however we ask that all people younger than 16 have a parental guardian on site at all times. Ages 12-17 need parental consent.

What do I need to bring?

Nothing. Just bring yourself and be ready to escape reality, if you would like to bring personal care items you are more than welcome but everything you need will be provided.

What do I need to bring?

Nothing. Just bring yourself and be ready to escape reality, if you would like to bring personal care items you are more than welcome but everything you need will be provided.

Are our Float Tanks Wheelchair-Accessible?

Totally Tan & Spa is wheelchair-accessible, including our float room, which is ADA Compliant. If you have the upper body strength to lift yourself out of your chair and into bed, for example, you will likely be able to lift yourself out of your chair and into (a) a chair in the shower, and (b) over the float tank door threshold, which is 18 inches off the floor and approximately three feet wide.

If you do not have good upper body mobility/strength, you are, of course, more than welcome to have helpers come in with you and help you in and out of the shower and float tank. We have a comfortable lounge area for assistants to hang out in while you float. This would likely be best with two helpers, one who steps into the float tank with you (there’s lots of room), holding your upper body, and a second person helping guide your legs through the door. Unfortunately our staff are not allowed to assist in this process.

Another area worth mentioning is that in order to use our float tanks, you must have full control over bodily function. Unfortunately, those with unpredictable intestinal or urinary function should not float, as this poses a risk to the quality of the water, and therefore safety of others. Any damage to the water in our float tanks from using them with a known incontinence issue will unfortunately result in a rather large bill for 2,000+ lbs of Epsom salts

Should I wear a swimsuit?

No, you float naked because you don’t want anything touching you. A swimsuit touching your skin is sensory input that can take away from the experience. You are more aware of everything in the tank, so any straps or elastics will be distracting. The tank rooms are private.

Can I float if I’m menstruating?

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.

Can I drown if I fall asleep while I’m floating?

You will not drown in a float tank if you fall asleep. The density caused by the Epsom salt water makes you buoyant and difficult to turn over. If you do turn over, you will get salt water in your eyes and mouth which will wake you up.

Can I float if I am pregnant?

Yes. With the okay from your physician or midwife, you may float into your second or third trimester. Many pregnant women find floating very beneficial, helping to relieve the joint pain and inflammation associated with carrying additional baby weight. Floating has been shown to reduce cortisol (stress) levels and boost endorphins which may help counteract the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy which can result in insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Many mothers-to-be in the tank experience an amazing bonding experience with their unborn baby this is known as the “mirror effect” where the baby rests peacefully in the womb while the mother rest in a similar womb-like environment.

Can 2 (or more) people float in the same tank at once?

No. Our tanks are large enough but we believe floating is deeply personal and should be experienced alone.  Additionally MN regulations prohibit more than one person in a tank.

What if I wear contacts?

You will most likely prefer to float without them, so be sure to bring your case and solution.

Is it weird?

It is different. Your body is in an environment it probably hasn’t been in since birth. So yes. It will take some getting used to. But what worth doing doesn’t.

Is floating ‘Legit’?

Yes! Floating has existed for over 50 years with numerous published studies and media coverage that has dived deep into the physical, spiritual, and intellectual benefits that you will experience. Floating is proven and you will be amazed how many benefits are linked to float therapy.

What do I need to bring?

Nothing. Just bring yourself and be ready to escape reality, if you would like to bring personal care items you are more than welcome but everything you need will be provided.