Treatment Review: Mystic Tan

Our tried and tested review of sunless tanning in a booth
Tuesday , 13 March 2012
Karin and Rach, before
Karin and Rach, before
And after
And after

What? An instant spray tan using HD technology

Where? Majesty Beauty Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 04 344 1141,

How much? Dhs190 for glow and light colours, Dhs200 for medium and dark colours.

How Long? Tanning takes about five minutes.

The treatment: Mystic Tan is hugely popular in the US – Paula Abdul even has a Mystic Tan pod in her house! It was launched in Dubai in December, and with the weather still being a bit shifty, we decided to try it out.

The tan uses paraben-free ingredients and you can choose from four skin shades (gold, light, medium, dark), plus custom-blended additives, including an accelerator (Dhs30) to help skin absorb the tan quicker, a choice of bronzers (from Dhs10) to add extra colour on the first day, and three choices of aroma (Dhs5 each) to combat the vile ‘wet dog’ fake tan smell.

Application is simple: on entering the heated pod, an automated programme takes you step-by-step through the procedure, which involves rotating your feet on four numbered markers. After tan is applied you’re dried with air for a couple of minutes, before you exit the pod. Deputy Editor Karin and Features Writer Rachel tried it out.

The results: The instructions were easy to follow and the simple standing markers meant coverage was even – our team left with no white in sight! Naturally pale Rachel threw herself in at the deep end of the colour spectrum, going for a medium skin colour, with added bronzer, accelerator and coconut aroma. “The medium was perhaps a mistake,” she admits. “The next day I woke up so brown I had no makeup to match and went makeup-less to work for the first time ever! But after a shower I was left a better shade of brown, which would normally take me a two week’s holiday to achieve.”

Karin opted for a lighter shade and looked more naturally sun-kissed – there’s a lesson in there for all you fake tanners (yes, that includes you, Pamela Anderson!).

INFO: For more on Mystic Tan visit