Spray Tanning 101
WHAT IS SPRAY TANNING?
A spray tan artist uses an airbrush gun to apply a tanning solution to the client's body. The spray gun is attached to an air compressor. The spray gun method is used to ensure a consistent flow of solution application. This application method is most natural looking so you don't have any harsh lines around your hand, feet, and ankles.
WHAT'S IN A SPRAY TAN?
The main ingredient in any self tanner or solution is “DHA” known as Dihydroxyacetone. It is derived from vegetable origin or sugar beets and has been FDA approved for topical application and used for tanning creams since the 1960's. DHA has also been used in cosmetics for decades.
Lots of spray tan solutions also include aloe, sugar cane, and anti aging ingredients.
IS IT ORGANIC?
Because the USDA does not certify DHA as organic, no company can make or carry USDA certified organic solutions. There is no such thing as certified organic DHA. Anyone stating this is incorrect either intentionally or not.”
DHA is approved by the FDA for topical use. Companies can apply to be EcoCert certified which applies to the cosmetic industry and specific standards.
To read more about Ecocert click here:
HOW DOES A SPRAY TAN WORK?
When DHA comes in contact with the amino acids in your skin, it creates a natural reaction that causes the skin to appear tanned. It temporarily colors the top layer of your skin. That’s why it's so important to exfoliate beforehand. As your skin sheds, your tan will slowly fade away. Keeping your skin hydrated will prolong your tan.
WILL I BE ORANGE?
The key to not turning orange is using a high quality solution, choosing the correct undertone, and not going too dark. Knowing how your skin naturally tans in the sun is your best guide for choosing your level of
tan. It’s important to have this consultation with your spray tan artist before you both decide what your best option will be.
We use a scale called the fitzpatrick scale which is a direct reflection of how much melanin and pigmentation is in your skin. Each skin type reacts differently in the sun.
WHAT IS A VIOLET AND GREEN BASED SOLUTION?
A green-based solution will help to counteract red color or cool undertones.
A violet-based solution will help to neutralize yellow color or warm undertones
Both green-based and violet-based solutions will be complimentary to neutral undertones
Having the appropriate solution will keep your tan look super natural!
WHAT’S A RAPID TAN?
Perfect if you're on a time crunch or need to shower within a certain time. Rapid formulas allow you to choose how dark you want to go.
2 - 3 hours = light
3 - 4 hours = medium
4 - 5 hours = dark
HOW LONG WILL MY TAN LAST?
Most spray tans will last about 4-10 days. It really comes down to how fast your skin cells turn over. Formula, your level of care, and if you're exposing yourself to water, scrubs, sweat etc. can make a difference.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY TAN?
It’s always best to book your tan 2-3 days before any special event.
WHEN DO I SHOWER?
Your initial rinse is 5-8 hours after your spray. Don’t worry if you can’t shower after 8 hours. You won’t develop any darker and yes you can sleep in your tan!
WHEN DO I SHAVE OR WAX?
Shave and wax 1- 2 days before your spray.
HOW DO I MAKE SURE MY TAN IS EVEN?
Exfoliate that morning of your spray tan. It's important to evenly remove any dead skin cells so your fan slowly fades away. Once a week has gone by, if it looks uneven anywhere, simply exfoliate those areas. This just means your body didn't naturally shed in those places.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY SPRAY TAN APPOINTMENT?
Whatever you feel comfortable in. Most clients will wear a dark bathing suit or undergarments. Disposable undies and pasties are available if you wish. Please note bottoms are always required.
For more information on prep and post care click here….