How many days will a sunless tan last?
You can expect 5 to 10 days using quality tanning solutions & after care products. Professional Artist application is the recommended process to receive a Sunless Spray Tan. Professionals will tend to use a stronger DHA percentage compared to at-home products, giving you a higher quality tan. Most at-home self-tanners use only 4-5% DHA strength, as professionals will use on average 9% DHA.
Do pre & post instructions really matter?
Following a solid skin care regime before and after your Sunless Tan application will extend your tan's longevity by days! Exfoliation before you tan your skin, then following the tan with daily tan extender lotions typically will extend your tan's life span by 30%.
What are self tanners?
All self-tanning formulas use an ingredient called dihydroxyacetone, or as most will refer to as DHA. This ingredient will create an appearance by developing a beautiful brown color on the first layers of your skin, as an end result; will be similar to a real tan achieved by increasing skin melanin levels through exposure to the Sun/UV. DHA is limited to the upper top layer of the skin and is a reaction between DHA, skin proteins and oxygen, which will produce brown compounds. In most cases your development of color will take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and will continue to darken through a 24 hour period to your final results. Your DHA color will last between 5 to 10 days and begin to fade as your top layer of skin naturally sheds. The length of your DHA Tan will depend on the personal care of the skin and how well you moisturize to prevent excessive natural exfoliation.
What is DHA?
Dihydroxyacetone or DHA, also known as glycerone, is a simple carbohydrate. It is typically derived from sugar beets and sugar cane. This skin browning effect is non-toxic, and similar to the Maillard reaction. DHA reacts chemically with the amino acids in the skin, which are part of the protein containing keratin layer on the skin surface. Various amino acids react differently to DHA, producing different tones of coloration from yellow to brown. The resulting pigments are called melanoidans. These are similar in coloration to melanin, the natural substance in the deeper skin layers which brown or "tan," from exposure to UV rays.
Will it come off on my clothes and bed sheets?
If you are using a spray solution with a cosmetic bronzer, you might experience that some of the bronze color will rub off on the clothing or bed sheets. To minimize the chance of the bronzer transferring to your clothing, we recommend that you always wear long, loose-fitting dark tops and pants. This will help hide any transferring of bronzer until you wash the clothes you were wearing. Refraining from physical exertion 24-hours or until after waiting until after your shower will help minimize your transferring of any bronzer to your clothes through sweating. Our solution bronzer is water-soluble and will, in most cases, wash out of your clothing or sheets once washed. We also offer a clear formula (no make-up).
How long should I wait until I shower?
The suggested time is 24-hours. Any time before that and we cannot offer the 100% tan satisfaction. The DHA ingredient will not react with your skin proteins if you bathe or shower before 24 hours, giving you much lighter tanning results. If at all possible, we recommend waiting 24 hours or longer to achieve optimal results. Some people will tan before bed, however this can leave your bed sheets with a dirty color in the morning from the bronzer in the solution. The bronzer will wash out. We offer a 3.5.7 hour rapid developer solution.
What if I have eczema?
It is best not to get DHA if you have eczema. However, if there are only a few small patches let your technician know as they can put barrier cream on the affected areas. Be aware that DHA reacts with dead skin cells, and because the results of eczema are dead skin cells, which in turn, leads to excess darkening in those areas affected. It is best to wait until there is little to no symptoms of eczema on the skin before spraying.
PRE & POST CARE
What you do before and after will affect the final results.
What you do before and after your session will affect the final results.
Pampering - Hair removal (waxing & shaving), manicure and pedicure appointments should be done 24-hours prior to your session. Hair salon appointments may be done prior to your tan or after your first rinse.
Exfoliate - Your entire body 24-48 hours prior to your session. Use a dry brush or loofah. Do not use any sugary scrubs, oily exfoliators, or soaps that contain moisturizers to exfoliate with on the day of your spray tan.
Shower - Come to your session with clean and dry skin; No lotions, deodorants, makeup or perfumes. If you do not have time for a shower we offer a "Shower Mitt" ($10) product.
Tan - In a swimsuit or undergarments that you want to tan in. We have disposable undergarments available for your purchase.
Wear - Dark, loose-fitting clothing and flip-flop sandals after your session. No sweats, pants, jeans, shorts, spandex or clothes with elastic waists or bust lines.
Rinse - With some skin types you can sleep with the product on, and rinse the following morning. Ask your Artist to recommend what's best for your needs. We also offer 3,5&7-hour rapid tan and rinse solutions. ($10-$15 Upgrade)
Post-Tan Care 5-7 Days: