often called spray tanning or sunless tanning, is a process by which a DHA based solution is airbrushed on to the skin via an automated system or HVLP tanning equipment. When the airbrush tanning solution is sprayed onto the skin, a safe, natural, sunless tan develops and lasts for between one and two weeks. Sunless tanning solutions contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), an ingredient approved by the FDA, which reacts with the natural amino acids in the top layer of your skin, producing the best looking sunless bronze tan. The pigments resulting from a spray tan do not provide UV protection.
Spray Tan FAQ & Tips
How do I prepare for my Sunless session?
Arrive showered, shaven, free of make-up, perfume, oil, body sprays, deodorant and moisturizer for optimal results. Bring loose, dark fitting clothing for after your session. Your Sunless session will last about 30 minutes from preparation to dry time.
Should I moisturize before I do a Sunless session?
No. You should use a moisturizer regularly to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, which will contribute to a more even, natural looking sunless tan. However, it is recommended NOT to apply moisturizers 2 hours prior to spray tanning and 4 to 6 hours after.
Why is keeping the skin moisturized essential to maintaining a great Sunless tan?
It is important to keep skin moisturized after your Sunless session as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and color will fade sooner.
How long should I wait after my Sunless session before I shower?
It is best to wait at least 6-12 hours after the sunless tan application before you shower to give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins. The waiting time varies on skin type. The dryer your skin is the longer you should wait to shower after your session.
Can I work out after a Sunless session?
It is best to wait about 24 hours after your Sunless session before partaking in any strenuous activities that may cause perspiration. This will give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins as well as prevent streaking that could result from excessive perspiration.
How many days will a Sunless tan last?
The longevity of a Sunless tan depends on the skin’s natural exfoliation process, and on the skin regimen followed before and after application. On average, a sunless tan will last 4-7 days to as much as 10 days. The “life span” of a Sunless tan also depends on your skin’s natural exfoliation. The faster your skin regenerates, the faster the sunless tan will fade. The tan created by the DHA affects only the top layer of the skin and will begin to fade after 4 to 5 days as the skin naturally begins to exfoliate.
How frequently do you recommend going in for a Sunless session? Can I do it several days in a row?
The frequency of Sunless tanning application depends on your skin cell turn over and preference of color intensity. People with quick cell turn-overs may want to do a Sunless session every 5-6 days to keep color fresh, while others may need to apply only once every 7-10 days.
Will the solution from the Sunless come off on my clothes?
Some of the bronze “cosmetic tint” color may rub off on clothing or bed sheets. This is most likely to happen when you get dressed immediately after tanning. To minimize the chance of the tint transferring to clothing, we recommend that you wear loose-fitting, darker clothes after your Sunless session. The Cosmetic tint is water-soluble. Therefore, in most cases, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.