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If you have a question relating to Nabu’s tanning procedure that you don’t see an answer for, please contact us directly by filling out the form to the right for assistance.

Do I need to worry about orange tones or streaks?

Absolutely not. Our solutions are made with the highest quality DHA that is derived from organic sugar beets and sugar cane instead of beta-carotene (carrot extract). This guarantees that your tan will be golden brown. In addition, our airbrush artists are highly experienced and trained to avoid streaks and unevenness.

What is the difference between the Standard and the Express solution?

The only difference is shower time. Both solutions have the ability to be as light or as dark as you desire and they both last for the same amount of time. It is important to note that after you your shower off the Express tan, you will feel quite a bit lighter due to the fact that the dark makeup will be gone and your tan will only be 1-4 hours into development. The tan will then continue to develop for 8-15 hours after your shower. With the Standard solution, the tan will darken until you shower (anytime after 10 hours). You will then wash off the makeup layer and instantly become a shade lighter. The colour that you see when you finish showering off the Standard tan will be the actual colour of your tan.

How should I prepare for my tan?

We highly recommend that you shower and shave one day prior to your tanning session. A glycerin soap is most ideal because it tends to leave the least amount of residue on your skin. (On the other hand, oil-based soaps should be avoided.) Exfoliating is very important because it will help your tan last longer. The best way to do this is to use a sugar scrub in combination with exfoliating gloves (available at our salons). It is also important to schedule manicure/pedicures, sugaring, and/or waxing appointments before rather than after. (It is okay to wear makeup and/or lotion during your session as long as it is not oil-based.)

What should I wear to my appointment?

It is best to wear dark, loose fitting clothing and flip flops. (There is cosmetic bronzer in the solution and there is a chance that it can rub off on clothing. It washes out of most materials, but it is better to be on the safe side and not wear anything light in colour.)

What should I wear during my treatment?

Ladies, & Gents you are welcome to wear as little or as much as you are comfortable wearing- just keep unwanted tan lines in mind! (We have disposable G-strings and shower caps available for a $1.00 as well.)

How long does the appointment take?

The appointment is set for exactly 15 minutes, so it is very important to be punctual. If you are a first time client, we recommend that you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so that you can fill out a waiver and receive a consultation from our skin finishing experts.

How long should I wait before I work out or shower?

This depends on your solution choice. With the Standard tan, we strongly recommend that you wait at least 12 hours before you sweat or get wet. With the Express tan, you must shower (without soap) sometime in between 1-4 hours of your tanning session. With Express tan, you are allowed to do a light workout after your shower. (However, hot yoga or sitting in a steam room could affect the overall darkness of your tan if done within 12 hours post session.)

Why do you recommend showering without soap when selecting the Express tan?

It has been proven that soap neutralizes the development of DHA. We strongly recommend just a warm water rinse so that your tan is able to obtain it’s full colour. If you would like to use a limited amount of soap in certain areas, that is completely fine as well.

How long will my tan last?

This depends on several factors including your skin type, skin cycle, lifestyle, and care. It should last for the minimum of a week and has the potential to last as long as two weeks. The best thing that you can do to increase the longevity of your tan is to apply our BRONZED Tan Extending Moisturiser once a day. Also, try to avoid activities that speed up your skin’s natural exfoliation process. Keep in mind that long showers/baths, hot tubs, heavy sweating, and swimming in salt water and/or chlorine all tend to dry out your skin.

I have very fair skin, will an airbrush tan still look natural?

Yes. We will customize a solution that will work with your specific skin tone. However, if you are new to spray tanning, we suggest selecting a lighter shade for the first session.

Will my airbrush tan protect me from the sun?

Unfortunately, it does not, so remember to wear SPF!

Why do some sunless tans start to become patchy when they fade?

The active ingredient in airbrush tanning solution is DHA (dihydroxyacetone). The DHA reacts with your dead skin cell’s proteins, resulting in a bronzing effect. Therefore, as your skin goes through its natural exfoliation process, these dead skin cells shed. It is important to note that not every cell sheds at the same rate. You may have some “tanned” cells that remain or last longer than others. (The result of this is an appearance of dark spots that looks similar to freckles.) This has no correlation to your airbrush technician or the solution. Keep in mind that this process tends to be a bit more noticeable when you choose a shade that is significantly darker than your natural skin colour. However, you can usually counteract this by moisturising with the a Tan Extending Moisturiser.

Will really dry skin affect my airbrush tan?

Dry skin may cause the tan to fade unevenly. (This is often more of a concern during the winter months.) If you have dry skin, we recommend that you moisturise twice a day for a week leading up to your tanning session. We suggest that you also try our Body Priming service in store.

Is sunless tanning safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?

The active ingredient, DHA, has never been tested extensively on pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The concern some doctors have is over whether or not the active ingredient (DHA) is able to enter the blood stream; the indications are that it cannot. DHA only penetrates the outermost layer of the skin. However, we recommend all clients get permission from their physician first. DHA has been used as a cosmetic ingredient in the United States since 1960 and no problems have ever been reported concerning DHA penetrating the skin. The FDA recommends avoiding exposure to mucous membranes, inhalation and ingestion. You Glow provides eye protection and nose plugs, and does not recommend spray tanning nude if pregnant or breastfeeding. All of our rooms are equipped with ventilation systems and all sunless specialists will inform the client when they are spray tanning the face.

Can I get a spray tan if I have a sunburn or my skin is peeling?

This might be the one time that we recommend that you’d don’t get a spray tan

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Nabu Bronzing Bar is a Lux spray tanning service center.

Our tailored approach, state of the art equipment & certified staff, ensure you leave with a beautiful bronzed glow.



88 Kenny St, Wollongong NSW 2500

16 Jellore St, Flinders, NSW 2529

  1300 136 692


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