Tried and tested: Mystic Tan Kyss

The lowdown: Created to offer a fast, bespoke tan, US company Mystic Tan’s new Kyss machine is designed to work in three minutes without the need for a therapist, and lets users select the colour, scent and intensity. The booth also uses the brand’s patented Magnetan technology – the molecules of the tanning spray are electrostatically charged, meaning they are attracted evenly around the body rather than coating one side only. The experience: I first chose the base colour for my tan from the light, medium or dark options. I know light shades aren’t worth the effort on my skin so I went for the darkest. The next choice is an optional intensifier – I was going out straight after the appointment so went for it as it helps the tan develop faster. The final option is a choice of five fragrances including Coconut Lime, Warm Vanilla and the sweet-smelling Yum. I opted for Fresh, which is formulated to smell like clean linen. The booth operator then shook the cartridge to mix the customised formula, inserted it into the machine and activated the automated process. As I donned my sticky feet, barrier cream and hair covering and stepped into the booth, a voice guided me through where to stand and the position to adopt. The nozzle rotates in a ball-and-socket style, which sprayed the mist from side to side as it moved upwards from my feet to face. The automated voice then told me to turn around so the process could be repeated on my back. After each stage the machine gently pumps out warm air to help dry the tan. The result was an even tan that developed quickly and lasted well.

Business benefits: The fast turnaround means salons can offer more appointments. A receptionist or spa attendant can be trained to operate the booth and help clients get set up, which saves on therapist time and cost. Automated booths are also a good option for body-conscious clients who may feel uncomfortable stripping for a manual spray tan.

For more information call the brand on 020 8498 7277