Tanning

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Shirley has been spray tanning for over 20 years, yes we are talking way back in the 90’s. She has exceptional experience in the spray tanning industry and offers some of the best tips and tricks to ensure each client receives a flawless spray tan in her clinic in Glanmire. Each of the team have been trained In house by Shirley herself to ensure a bespoke spray tan Is produced each time. We have carefully handpicked all of our professional spray tan brands here at Shirley’s.

We usually recommend you tan 24-48 hours before your event, so if you have a wedding/party/event on Saturday, pop into us on the Thursday and have your spray tan done. You can sleep with the tan on for full development, shower and follow the necessary after care procedure and then have the next day for the tan to settle or to retouch any areas if needed.


Bellamianta

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We have chosen Bellamianta as it is based and manufactured here in Ireland by two Irish Mums Linda Stinson and Lisa McDermott!

Not only that but the range provides clean, nutritious, luxury tanning products formulated with the cleanest ingredients without compromising on performance.

Bellamianta is bursting with natural extracts, containing one of the highest, premium grade DHA’s. This luxury DHA is added to formulas which are bursting with natural fruit extracts such as Mango, Papaya and Goji Berry which work with the skins natural melanin to provide our perfectly natural, signature golden tone every time which becomes water resistant and will last between 3-5 days, and with good preparation and moisturising it can last even longer. However, everyone's skin naturally exfoliates at a different rate.

Bergamot, Sea buckthorn, Vitamin E (and many more!!) offer additional skin benefits including firming, toning, anti-aging, healing and is suitable for sensitive skin and pregnancy. Bellamianta is 100% vegan & cruelty free. 

All of our formulas are enriched with Shea Butter and Aloe Vera which through vitamin A, C and E soothe and restore skin elasticity while locking in moisture.

Bellamianta, through the use of key ingredients, will help to capture, maintain and develop moisture within the skin ensuring silky, smooth, even coverage. We aim to provide the perfect luxury tanning experience every time.

Bellamianta’s ultra-smart hydration system ensures that while the tan dries in 60 seconds, the light formulas are still working to produce a streak free, beautiful, summer ready tan and hydrating the skin ensuring that the tan wears of evenly with none of the dreaded snakeskin effect.

The inspiration behind the brand comes from consumer demands and this combined with over 20 years’ experience in the beauty industry has enabled the brains behind the brand Linda Stinson and Lisa McDermott, to create a truly unique set of products to tan and pamper the skin.

This unique formula has no fake tan smell through the use of odour neutralising technology, so not only does our client look amazing, but they feel amazing too.

What is DHA?

DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is the active ingredient in self-tanning products. It is a sugar molecule, derived from sugar beets and sugar cane, that reacts to the amino acids on the surface of the skin. The level of DHA controls how dark and natural the colour looks. Bellamianta uses DHA that is carefully formulated to create a natural looking tan. We balance this DHA with moisturisers/fruit extracts to guarantee a smooth, streak-free application and glow. 

Is it safe to use bellamianta if I have very sensitive skin such as psoriasis/eczema?

Yes, because Bellamianta contain only the cleanest ingredients, enhanced with natural moisturisers making it suitable for all skin types. All our formulas are enriched with Shea Butter and Aloe Vera which help to soothe the skin and offer additional benefits. Our products include Seabuckthorn Oil which is an anti-inflammatory to help reduce inflammation in your skin. We would advise avoiding application of tan to any broken or very irritated skin.

Can I get a spray tan while pregnant?

As Bellamianta products are clean and non-toxic, it is safe to use them when pregnant. It can also be helpful to do a skin test before self-tanning, as hormone levels can fluctuate throughout pregnancy. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to consult with your doctor before starting your tanning regime.

Additionally do not apply to the breast area if breastfeeding.

How long does Bellamianta it take to develop?

Bellamianta develops in two to four hours, depending on the desired shade of tan that is sought for by the client.

  • 2 hours – Light

  • 3 hours – Medium

  • 4 hours+ - Dark

What are the beneifts of Bellamianta?

  • Quick drying formula

  • Golden olive tone

  • Transfer and water resistant

  • Odour neutralising technology

  • Even wear 

White to Brown

At White To Brown we want our tanning formulations to bring a little everyday luxury to your beauty routine. White To Brown combine the finest skin-boosting formulations with superior tanning techniques for body confidence you can flaunt without filters!

The utmost care has gone into every product we create. As part of this continuous journey we have carefully chosen a selection of effective tanning and skin care ingredients.

WHITE to BROWN is manufactured and created with love in the UK. So enjoy an unparalleled experience every time you tan, step out with confidence, and show off your natural colour tone.

White to Brown Spray Tan Solution creates a natural, sun kissed tan and is ideal for all skin tones. It has added Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to moisturise and condition the skin during development for long-lasting results.

A superior grade DHA is used to create a naturally glowing sun kissed tan.

White to Brown is delicately fragranced with hints of citrus, musk, vanilla and soft floral notes of rose and violet.

How long does White to Brown take to develop?

White to Brown develops within 6-8 hours again depending on the desired shade of tan that is sought for by the client.

Will White to Brown suit my skin tone?

White to Brown’s has a wide range which will complement every skin tone, offering a variety of shades, depths and formulas to suit every type of tanner.


General FAQS

What is a patch test and why do I need to get one?

A patch test is a method of applying a small amount of the product with a cotton bud behind the ear and leaving it dry for 24hours. If any contra-actions occur such as redness, swelling, inflammation or itching, avoid using the product as this is a positive reaction for sensitivity. If no reaction occurs then it is fine to proceed with the full body application.

A patch test is required for all clients who wish to book a spray tan at Shirley’s, a patch test must be performed 24 hours before the appointment time.

Will my tan wash off if I go swimming or enter the pool?

Ideally you will have applied your tan, achieved your desired tone and showered away the residue before getting into the pool. Once your tan has developed you can swim but please be aware that chlorine in pools and sea water could make your tan fade faster.

Do I need to wear SPF/ sun factor even if I have a spray tan?

Yes, it is highly recommended that you wear SPF, not only while out in the sun but SPF should be applied every single day to ensure you protect your skin from those harmful ultraviolet rays – UVA & UVB.

What should I do before I get a spray tan?

The longest-lasting tan starts before you get to the clinic, it all begins at home. This means getting your skin in the best possible condition prior to treatment, since the better its condition, the better and longer lasting your tan will be. It is recommended to exfoliate each day in the days leading up to your spray tan

All waxing and tinting should be done 24-48 hours before your spray tan.If shaving is needed ,please shave 24hrs prior to tanning and then exfoliate afterwards to avoid razor marks on lower legs.This will even out skin again and prep it for tanning.

Have a hot bath and soak for at least 20 mins and then Shower and exfoliate with a body scrub to get rid of any dry, flaky skin paying particular attention to areas such as your knees, elbows and ankles. This is to ensure that the tan will apply to your skin evenly upon application and wear off beautifully.

Of course, Moisturise after exfoliation.

Wear old loose dark clothing and footwear, flip flops are ideal. A disposable G-string is available if required. The beauty of a spray tan is that you get to avoid tan lines so aim for minimal skin-to-fabric contact. Cotton underwear is beat but we can provide a disposable brief and a disposable head cap if needed. 

Avoid using any sprays/creams/lotions prior to your spray tan as this can create a barrier on the skin in turn interrupting the development of the spray tan.

What should I do after I get a spray tan?

  • Avoid washing your hands or coming in to contact with water until you decide to shower and wash off your tan.

  • Try to stay cool and wear loose dark clothing

  • Your spray tan will gradually get darker as the day goes on as it takes a little while to fully develop on the skin.

  • Have a luke-warm shower and avoid any shower gels that will leave a residue on your skin.

  • Pat your skin dry after a shower, don’t rub It dry as this can affect the longevity of your spray tan. The idea is to avoid any coarse washcloths or loofahs while showering.

  • Use an oil-free moisturiser to prolong your tan, the more the merrier. We have loads of options available in our retail area at reception, just ask a member of the team.

  • Avoid waxing and shaving as this can also affect your tan.