The principle tanning agent used in all self-tanning formulas is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This ingredient does not produce a “real tan” by increasing the skin’s melanin levels; rather it creates a tanned appearance by developing a brown color on the surface of the skin. The action of DHA is limited to the upper layer of the skin and involves a reaction between DHA and skin proteins and oxygen that produces brown compounds. This process is similar to what occurs when you slice open an apple and the surface of the apple browns when it’s exposed to the oxygen in the air. The development of color takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and the intensity of color are dependent upon the DHA concentration in the product as well as each tanner’s individual skin characteristics. The color developed by the DHA usually lasts 5 to 7 days and begins to fade as the top layer of the skin naturally exfoliates.
In the morning right after your shower. If you are unable to spray tan in the morning, we recommend getting sprayed right after a shower. That will allow the skin to be hydrated to give you the best results possible.
DHA solutions take about 24-hours to fully develop. You will receive the best results if you can avoid bathing until the day after your sunless session. If you must bathe, you should wait a minimum of 8-hours after the application. If showering prior to the 24-hour recommendation, a rinse with warm water only, is best. Soap destroys DHA. THE LONGER YOU WAIT TO SHOWER, THE BETTER YOUR RESULTS!
It is important to keep skin moisturized after sunless tanning as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and color will fade sooner. You basically want to slow down your body’s natural exfoliation process. Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural-looking color longer by providing subtle bronzers.
If you are using a spray solution with a cosmetic bronzer, some of the bronze 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 spray session. Try to refrain from physical exertion that could result in you sweating until you shower and wash off the cosmetic bronzer. The cosmetic tint is water-soluble. Therefore, in most cases, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.
DHA is an ingredient derived from sugar cane and beets, which reacts with the amino acids in the skin to create the darkening reaction or tan.
You exfoliate your skin before every sunless session. Using a mild shower gel/exfoliate can be done one day prior to the session. You should allow at least 8 hours between body scrub use and the sunless session. If you have extremely dry skin, or problem areas we recommend exfoliating 24-48 using a Salt Scrub. If using salt scrub, this must be done 24-48 hours prior to the session; otherwise the oils within the salt scrub will affect the sunless results. NOTE: Skin replaces itself in cycles every week. 25% of your skin exfoliates each week. The tan will cover that 25% so you must remove the extra barrier or skin in order to achieve a glowing tan. Exfoliation allows penetrating deep into the skin to oxidize skin for color.
No. Most people will not see any affect on the color of their hair. People with light blonde, gray or platinum hair may see some discoloration from the cosmetic bronzers initially. This color will wash out with the first shower after your application. We do provide hair nets if you wish to protect your hair.
We recommend that after every 5 weeks of spray tanning, you allow your skin to rest for 10 days. This allows you to completely lose your tan periodically which eliminates patchiness or uneven areas of wear.
No. The solution that Bronze Beauty uses has a perfectly blend of cosmetic bronzers to give you that “just off the beach” look and transition smoothly into your DHA color that will later develop. The “orange” color, as it is sometimes called, is the result of high pH levels within the skin.
pH Balance as it pertains to sunless application refers to the skin’s condition and ability to properly absorb sunless solution during the application process. It is also directly defined as the concentration of the hydrogen molecule, which determines the acid or alkaline level of a product. The pH level of the skin determines, in part, the integrity of the acid mantle. Soaps and harsh detergents alter the pH of skin.
We recommend avoiding these situations for the first 48 hours following your spray tan. Chlorinated pools & spas can increase the rate in which the skin exfoliates causing the tan to wear and fade.
Yes. The solution that Bronze Beauty uses is non-toxic, and utilizes eco-certified natural DHA. However, as you would before using ANY product, on an expectant mother, we recommend you to consult with your personal physician before receiving a DHA tan application.
About 5 minutes when using the air hose attached to the spray gun.
It is normal for there to be a slight sticky feel immediately following the session. You should feel completely dry and non-tacky within 8-12 minutes following the application.
NO! The solution does not protect your skin from UV rays and it is recommended that you use an SPF to protect your skin from the sun.