Organic sunless spray tan treatment
What is spray tanning?
Tanning occurs when the skin produces pigment to protect itself from UV rays. In spray tanning, the tanning solution is applied by a technician using a compressor and spray gun. Spray tan solutions contain an active ingredient called DHA. DHA reacts with the outer layer of the skin, producing a bronzing effect. It must be emphasized that the pigmenting results from a spray tan DO NOT provide UV protection. The maximum generation of color is reached within about 12 hours, so the color will continue to darken after the initial application. Spray tanning solutions also typically have a normal bronzer or guide color that provides an immediate tan effect and helps the technician distinguish areas of the skin that are applied and unapplied. Most of the guide color will come off in the first shower or bath after application.
What is DHA and how does it work?
DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is a colorless beet sugar derivative, when applied to the outer layers of the skin it creates a chemical reaction with the amino acids in the surface cells creating a "tan". DHA does not damage the skin, it only affects the outermost layers of the epidermis and sloughs off along with dead skin cells your body sheds. DHA is approved by the FDA for sunless tanning.
Should I be concerned about an allergic reaction?
DHA allergies are very rare, more commonly, people may experience Contact Dermatitis. This is roughly 1 percent of the general public, which is well within the normal ranges experienced with any cosmetic ingredient.
What if I have acne or sensitive skin?
Acne prone skin is very similar to sensitive skin. Breakouts can occur from pore clogging, etc. but also from the use of an ingredient that is either too harsh on your skin or one you are sensitive to. Alcohol, tints, fragrances and botanical or natural plant extracts can all cause a reaction or breakout. If the breakout occurs immediately, you can be assured it is related to an irritant. A breakout from a clogged pore will take 2-3 weeks to manifest.
How long will a spray tan last?
Typically 5-7 days depending on aftercare. Essentially, the length of time can depend on
each individual differently. There are factors that can cause your tan to accelerate fading or that can be used to extend the time your tan lasts. See Best Tanning practices on our website.
What should I expect?
With the tinted solution and bronzer guide color, you will leave your session with a lovely, brown sugar glow. The DHA tan will develop over the next 8 hours. After the bronzer is washed away the underlying tan should result in skin coloration that is 1-3 shades darker. Customization is available to create the tan depth you prefer.
How long does it take to apply?
A session typically lasts 15 minutes for the application, we book in 30 minute slots for prep and drying time.
What should I do to prepare for my spray tan session?
Shower, shave, exfoliate and do NOT apply oils or lotions prior to your session.
What should I wear to my spray tanning session?
Dark, loose fitting clothing.
How soon can I shower after my tanning session?
We recommend waiting 8 hours. Also, try to avoid any activities where you may get wet, such as sweating, saunas, working out and doing dishes. These activities interfere with the development process and can cause streaking.
How do I maintain and extend the longevity of my spray tan?
After the first shower apply a body butter, morning and evening. Moisturize daily thereafter. Hydrated skin is essential in maintaining a longer lasting tan. Avoid exfoliating tanned skin, no AHA's, chemical peels or harsh scrubbing. You can use a tan extender on the 3rd day after tanning.
The formula of tanning solution we use is vegan friendly, wheat and gluten free, it is aloe vera based and has vitamins A, C and E in it. It is made in the USA.