If you're looking for a quick whole-body tan without much risk of streaking or orange color, then Mystic Tan UV-Free Spray-On Tanning is the right product, reviewers say. Though application from is quick and easy, the color takes about four to six hours to show up, so it is not best for those who need an immediate tan. It's important to take the recommended precautions on joints and hands to avoid excessive darkening.
Fast, full-body tan. We found many users who say they rely on Mystic Tan UV-Free Spray-On Tanning when they need fast, full-body results. Most reviewers are pleased with their results, but some say they have had terrible experiences. The trick is to pick the right shade -- don't go too much darker than your natural skin tone -- and you must follow Mystic Tan instructions. Guidelines also recommend using a barrier cream (like Vaseline) on your hands, feet, elbows and knees. Use more of the gooey stuff than you think you need in order to avoid orange palms and uneven coloring on your joints, users say.
Removes the application work for the user. Consumers at MakeupAlley.com say Mystic Tan UV-Free Spray-On Tanning provides an easy and goof-proof tan. As with all sunless tanners, it's important to exfoliate beforehand for even results. Manufacturers say you can get dressed immediately after your session, but some reviewers say it takes a few minutes longer before you are completely dry. Because the product smells strongly and you can't sweat for several hours, using Mystic Tan is a big time commitment.
Cold and sticky. Many reviewers say they were unprepared to stand in an enclosed space with cold tanning solution spraying around them, including their faces. Several comment on how cold Mystic Tan UV-Free Spray-On Tanning spray is. The latest Mystic Tan model aims to make spray tanning a more comfortable experience. Mystic Tan booths are now equipped with a heater and warm air is continuously blown in order to keep users comfortable and dry. Although the automated booth dries the skin almost completely, some users say that the formula still feels a bit sticky until it is fully absorbed.
Consumers posting to MakeupAlley.com give Mystic Tan 3.6 out of 5 stars, saying the booth spray-on tan provides good color at a relatively low price. One reviewer, a salon employee, shares helpful tips to get the best results.
Review: Mystic Tan, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of June 2013
After trying a handful of sunless-tanning methods, writer Kim Forrest says Mystic Tan is the easiest. She details the process of getting the salon booth tan and recommends exfoliating before tanning for the best results.
Review: Sunless Tanning, Kim Forrest, July 1, 2006
About.com's skin-care guide, Jen Adkins, is critical of Mystic Tan, saying it doesn't always turn out as expected. Adkins says her tan looked fake and notes that the whole process made her feel claustrophobic. On the plus side, it is very easy and quick to apply plus it provides streak-free results. Readers also weigh in with their opinions -- the majority of which are much more favorable.
Review: Mystic Tan Review, Jen Adkins, Not dated
A dermatologist recommends Mystic Tan as a healthier alternative to tanning beds and sun tanning. He says that it is easy to use and provides a natural-looking tan.
Review: Mystic Tan, "BensonDerm", May 24, 2008