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Frequently Asked Questions

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Tanning Tips

How do I prepare for my tan?

Appointment Preparation:
Shower, exfoliate & shave

Complete all other beauty services first (nails, waxing, facials, massages, etc.)

Come fresh with no lotions, oils, makeup or beauty products on your skin

Bring long, loose fitted clothing to change into immediately after your tan is applied (no jeans or yoga pants). Maxi dresses, loose pants & over-sized shirts work great!

Flip flops recommended

Women are welcome to go nude; men are required to wear something minimal for the tan process (boxers, briefs, or a professional tanning garment provided here in store)

How long will my tan last?

An airbrush tan should last 7-10 days depending on how often you exfoliate and how well you care for your tan.

I’m really pale. Will an airbrush tan look natural on me?

Absolutely! Our solution is made with the highest quality DHA which guarantees your tan will be golden brown. In addition, our heather® artists are personally trained by Heather and are highly experienced and trained to avoid streaks and unevenness.

How do I make my tan last longer?

SHOWER, EXFOLIATE & SHAVE 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR AIRBRUSH

You should shower/exfoliate/shave with 24 hours of your appointment. If you have sensitive pores that are easily irritated by this preparation, do this prep earlier. Otherwise, right before the appointment or the morning of works.

Exfoliate like a pro:

  • Use a gentle, non-abrasive body scrub
  • Apply your body scrub with exfoliating gloves, a washcloth or a loofa
  • Apply with circular movements and light pressure
AVOID WEARING LOTION, MAKEUP & DEODORANT BEFORE YOUR AIRBRUSH

When preparing for your airbrush appointment, avoid wearing lotion, makeup or deodorant. These products make it difficult for your skin to absorb the airbrush tanning solution.

WEAR DARK, LOOSE FITTING CLOTHES TO YOUR AIRBRUSH APPOINTMENT

Wearing dark, loose fitting clothes to your appointment is crucial for your tan’s survival. You want your tan to breathe and develop properly without being smothered by tight jeans, yoga pants, or tight shirts. An oversized t-shirt and dark sweat pants work best.

Wearing dark, loose fitting clothing also prevents:

  • The possibility of your tan smudging, resulting in uneven or unatural results
  • The bronzing make-up from the solution rubbing off all over your clothes

Women, wait a minimum of 30 minutes after your appointment before wearing a bra.

DO NOT SHOWER, WORKOUT OR SWEAT FOR 10-12 HOURS AFTER YOUR AIRBRUSH

Top Tips For Showering

  • When you shower, keep the water at a medium temperature
  • Shower FIRST before working out or sweating for the first time after your airbrush
  • When showering, use a moisturizing bar soap or body gel
  • Limit your exposure to bar soaps that will dry out your skin, because that will accelerate the

fading of your tan. Moisturizing soaps are non-detergent based, and most contain vitamin E to help skin conditioning.

MOISTURIZE 3x A DAY WITH HYPOALLERGENIC BODY LOTION

After you have showered for the first time after your airbrush appointment, start moisturizing your entire body two to three times daily. Hypoallergenic cream lowers the pH of your skin after water exposure, which keeps skin healthy and sustains your tan.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!

Drinking lots of water is one way to prevent dry skin. This will keep your skin hydrated and enhance the appearance of your tan. Most importantly, it will prevent the “Cracking Alligator Skin” look that can develop if your skin gets too dry while you are enjoying your airbrush tan.

EXFOLIATE YOUR AIRBRUSH TAN OFF COMPLETELY BEFORE YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT

After you have enjoyed your airbrush tan for twice as long this time, make sure you exfoliate whatever is left of your airbrush tan completely off before your next airbrush tanning appointment.

Do you customize the solution?

Yes! I take into account many factors before I mix the tanning solution and place it on your body. The main factors are your features, skin sensitivity, and purpose of tan (i.e. are you getting tan for a wedding, red carpet, photo shoot or just for fun).

Do I tan naked?

LADIES

Most girls tan nude because they want to get rid of tan lines (and look skinnier). For those that prefer a tan line, I suggest a solid string thong. If you wear hanky panky lace bottoms, be sure to fold the material in half so the tanning solution doesn’t penetrate through the lace and give you a lacey tan line that looks like a skin disease. (Yes, it has happened.) It ruins any illusion of the airbrush tan looking natural.

I’m not a fan of disposable underwear. They’re so thin and flimsy, and the tampon string size bikini line they create looks cheesy and un-natural to me. I’d suggest going nude over wearing them.

MEN

Industry standard is that men wear something minimal for the tanning process. Boxers, briefs, speedos, or a professional tanning garment for the “no tan line” effect—it’s basically, a sock with a drawstring.

I have seen it all. Whether you are stark white, ghostly pale, freckly, red-headed, light skinned, dark skinned, or already tan to begin with — I will make you look like a million bucks regardless! I always airbrush tan my clients so that they look natural.

How long does the appointment take?

The appointment is set for exactly 30 minutes, so it is very important to be punctual. If you are a first time client, we recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so that you can fill out a waiver and receive a consultation from your airbrush tanning artist.

FACE REFRESHER

The appointment is set for exactly 10 minutes. This is a quick in-and-out service without the need to undress. For chest, neck, and face color and touchups.

How long should I wait to shower/swim after my tan?

I would wait a minimum of 2-3 hours for water contact, but the most common suggested time for a client that wants more developed color would be about 6-8 hours.

I wouldn’t wait longer than 24 hours to shower.

Take quicker showers, and avoid steam rooms, saunas, and long visits in the hot tub [while you have the tan]. Most clients get away with swimming in pools and the ocean on vacation, but chlorine is a strong chemical that can make the tan fade sooner than expected if you have prolonged exposure.

Can I wear makeup after my tan?

You can wear powders and eye makeup right away, but I don’t suggest using any face lotions, creams or sunblock until the product has had a little time to develop. You chance kaleidoscoping the tan before it’s had time to develop. The face usually develops quickly, so for some clients, they wash their face after 1-2 hours, then apply a full face of makeup for going out.

Can I workout the morning after my tan?

Yes! But shower FIRST. Don’t go to SoulCycle wearing bronzer sweating from head to toe (not a good look).

Also, don’t wear the tightest sports bras that pull and tug and take the tan off with it. Wear bralettes or more breathable activewear.

Can you still get tanned by the sun with a spraytan?

Yes! Tanning products don’t protect from UV exposure, so maintain sunscreen applications. Using a natural, oil-free SPF is best.

Why does my face fade faster?

First, facial skin is thinner than skin found on other parts of the body. Your face is also more exposed to the environment and endures more frequent washing. In addition, makeup, anti-aging creams, astringents, etc. tend to break down the tan more quickly.

Does dry skin really affect tans?

Dry skin may cause the tan to fade unevenly. If you have dry skin, we recommend that you moisturize twice a day for a week leading up to your tanning session. We suggest that you also apply lotion to dry areas on your skin before your session.

Is it safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

The active ingredient, DHA, has never been tested extensively on pregnant or breastfeeding women. We simply request that clients ask their doctor for an approval before they book a session.

Can I get a spray tan if I'm sunburned?

We wouldn’t suggest it. Let your skin heal first and wear sunscreen next time!

Which heather® Rx is right for me?

Fill out our mandatory client form and check *unsure* when you get to the tanning strength question. One of our tanning experts will let you know based off your preferences and skin type.

Bride + Goom

How many days before my wedding should I get a tan?

Our best suggestion is 2-3 days prior, but this can be case by case. If your wedding is destination, you may come in 4-5 days prior to your wedding date and we’ll make sure to pamper you with all the tips, tricks, and product goodies necessary to maintain your glow so it makes it to the alter.

Do you offer bridal discounts?

Most definitely. I won’t allow a pale bridal party to ruin your stunning photos.

I know how much wedding photographers cost & these memories are forever, so there’s no room for lack of attention to detail here! Book your wedding party of 5+ and get the special heather® bridal treatment. Think: champagne, freebies, discounts, and the most amazing tan you will ever experience.

How should I reach out for bridal treatments?

Email:  admin@honeybunstanning.com  and I will walk you through everything you need to know. Don’t let the bridal party have all the fun, grooms and groomsmen are more than welcome to join.

In your email please specify:

  1. Name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Size of  Party
  4. Wedding Date

Do you tan grooms & groomsmen?

Of course! Don’t let the bridal party have all the fun, grooms and groomsmen are more than welcome to book an appointment and get party discounts with a group of 5 or more.

Email: admin@honeybunstanning.com and please specify:

  1. Name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Size of  Party
  4. Wedding Date

How many days before a wedding should I get a tan?

Our best suggestion is 2-3 days prior, but this can be case by case. If your wedding is destination, you may come in even 4-5 days prior to your wedding date and we’ll make sure to pamper you with all the tips, tricks, and product goodies necessary to maintain your glow so it makes it to the alter.

Why 2-3 days prior?

We you to take enough showers before wearing your very pretty very expensive WHITE dress to minimize the risk of sweating any bronzer make-up from the tanning solution.

Bride suggestion: REQUEST CLEAR

Appointments

I'm running early, can you fit me in?

No. Maybe. We are a punctual company, so we can provide the best possible experience and customer service for every client with a confirmed appointment. Unless someone forfeited their appointment by showing up late or cancelled within the acceptable 12-hour window, we cannot take you early. Why? We are in the room tanning the client that was scheduled before you.

I missed my appointment but still need a tan?

Back to square one. Check for our next available appointment opening at Honey Buns Tanning in Clearwater by booking online and paying in full for your newly confirmed appointment. Oh, and don’t be late!

Something came up & I need to change my appointment time

No problem. Check real time availability for Clearwater and if your newly desired appointment time is available online AND RESCHEDULED WITHIN THE MANDATORY 12 HOUR NOTICE REQUIRED TO CHANGE YOUR APPOINTMENT, feel free to switch to your desired appointment time by accessing the account where you booked your originally confirmed appointment. Please call or text (727)241-3363 or email info@honeybunstanning.com to reschedule.

If booked WITHIN THE REQUIRED 12 HOURS AND 0 SECONDS OF YOUR ORIGINAL PAID CONFIRMATION, you still get tan and you still keep your $.

Do I have to fill out a client form?

Even if you’re a Honey Buns Club client (love ya!), you MUST fill out a mandatory client form. We’ve updated our policies and you need to agree to them before we tan you. Please note: if you show up to your appointment without first completing the form you will forfeit your appointment. So please, fill it out!

DISCLAIMER: Everyone’s skin responds to tanning products differently.

The active ingredient in tanning solution is derived from sugar and is clear. It develops by science of oxidation (just like when you cut open an apple and leave it out, it turns brown). Some people are more sensitive to tanning products, and some are more resistant.

Your sensitivity to the product can vary based on the food you eat, products you use, medications you’re on, and the condition of your skin, etc.

Filling out the mandatory client form helps us understand your individual needs & preferences so your tan turns out how you want — natural looking and fit for a celebrity.

Can I text to book appointment?

Yes, but please understand we are very busy and are tanning other buns. It may take a bit to get back to you and send you a confirmation to book. It’s best to BOOK ONLINE for the quickest way to get your time and date locked in.

What's your cancellation policy?

To Start: Honey Buns Tanning requires a credit card to hold all appointments.

Your card information is securely stored with BOOKER/MINDBODY® and is ONLY charged in the event of a late cancel or no show. Please bring your form of payment to your appointment, as we do not process payment through our booking system unless required by violation of this policy.

Why do we do this? Because spray tanning requires preparation prior to the service, any cancellations less than 24 hours prior to the service drastically impair our ability to re-book your time slot. Most of our appointments are booked anywhere from 3-30 days in advance and when you book, your time is held just for you.

Respectfully: Spray tanning is not our hobby or side gig…it is our full-time profession and our livelihood. Therefore, we sadly will not make any exceptions to this policy. If your schedule regularly changes or effects your ability to keep appointments, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (727)241-3363 within a day or two (or even day of) your preferred date to see if we can get you in. If we have a spot…we will happily put you in there!

The Policy Any cancellation less than 24 hours in advance of appointment time will be charged $25 of the scheduled service price. No call, no shows will be charged 100% of the scheduled service price. Honey Buns Members will forfeit one membership session for late cancellations.

You may cancel via your confirmation email, by emailing admin@honeybunstanning.com or by texting (727)241-3363 anytime.

Who do I contact to ask appointment-related questions?

We understand the urgency for a response which is why 99.99% of the most common questions ever asked in this company’s history have been listed and answered here on this site by Heather herself to make it easier on everyone.

Check the FAQs (why are you here if you have?) and get your answers OR fill out our contact us form and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience (allow up to 48 hours for a response). The contact form requires your cell phone number and we will personally call back if your inquiry is unique and not already answered here on this website located in on our FAQ answered by a Honey Buns Administrator.

I didn't receive a confirmation email

First, check your spam folder to be on the safe side. If the email is still not in your inbox, then you do not have an appointment with us. Double-check that your email is spelled correctly on our booking portal and try again.

Shipping

How long will it take to ship?

For orders to the US, your order will arrive approximately 7-10 business days from date of purchase. Please allow up to 3 business days for your order to ship.

I haven't received my order. What do I do?

Please send an email to admin@honeybunstanning.com with your order number and preferably the order confirmation email and we will get back to you ASAP.

How do I check the status of my order?

Email to admin@honeybunstanning.com with your order number and preferably the order confirmation email and we will get back to you ASAP.

What's your return policy?

If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, we will gladly accept returns on orders. Please see our returns & exchanges page for complete information.

How will my order be shipped?

For orders to the US, standard shipping is FedEx Ground and/or FedEx Smartpost (the package will ship via FedEx and be delivered by your local USPS) and your order will arrive approximately 7-10 business days from date of purchase. You may pay extra for expedited shipping.

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