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Sunless Spray Tanning FAQ

What is Sunless Spray Tanning?

Sunless Spray Tanning is the spray/mist application of Sunless Tanning Solution to desired areas of your body. When applied, DHA (The active ingredient in Sunless Tanning Solution) reacts with the proteins in the skin’s superficial layer to form a golden brown color. Your skin begins to darken two to three hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The color will gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun.

How should I prepare for my Sunless Spray Tanning Session?

Exfoliate and shave the day before or the day of your Sunless Spray Tanning Session. (The day before is preferred)

The day of your Sunless Spray Tanning Session refrain from using moisturizers, perfumes, lotions, oils or deodorants that may create a barrier between your skin and the Airbrush Tanning Solution. (You may resume using these after your first shower or bath)

How long should I wait after a session before showering?

To give the DHA enough time to fully set, we recommend waiting a minimum of 4 hours after a Sunless Spray Tanning session or 8 hours for optimal results. Showering sooner may diminish the intensity of the tan. If you tanned using an Instant Cosmetic Bronzer option the Instant Cosmetic Color will wash off in the shower, but the color produced by the DHA will remain.

Will swimming affect my tan?

Swimming in chlorinated water or salt water can fade the Sunless Spray Tanning results, cause possible streaking and will diminish the length of your tan. However, normal activities such as bathing, showering or physical activities will not affect the quality of the tan.

Will my skin look orange?

Not at all. Before Sunless Spray Tanning, most self-tanners were creams and lotions applied by hand. That meant inconsistent coverage. Too much lotion applied in one place left the skin looking orange. Not enough lotion left unattractive streaks.

Does Sunless Spray Tanning Solution have any smell after contact with my skin?

Some people notice a slight starchy smell on their skin a few hours after a tanning session. This is simply the DHA reacting to proteins in your skin and it fades away fairly quickly.

Will the bronzing formula stain my hair or clothing?

The  Sunless Spray Tanning Bronzing formula is completely water soluble. Users may notice some initial cosmetic color on the inside of their clothing, but this color will wash out in cold water, however DHA in the tanning formula may permanently stain what you wear during your session.

How long does Sunless Spray Tanning last?

A Sunless Spray Tan  can last up to 7 days depending on the formulation you choose and the condition of your skin.

Are there ways to enhance the Sunless Spray Tanning results?

Yes, all Sunless, Inc. retail take-home products are created to enhance and extend Professional Sunless Spray Tanning results. Over the counter products are not formulated for Sunless Tanning. They may block the tan’s application, impede the development process, and create uneven post-tan fading.

Ask your Salon Professional about Sunless, Inc.’s complete line of retail take-home Sunless Products to enhance and extend the life of your Professional Sunless Spray Tan.

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DHA FAQ

What is DHA?

The active ingredient most often used in all sunless tanners including tinted moisturizers, self-tanners, and spray tan solution is called DHA or dihydroxyacetone. DHA is a carbohydrate (monosaccharide sugar) compound approved by the FDA for use in externally applied sunless tanning solutions. For misting applications, the FDA recommends protective measures to prevent eye contact, inhalation or ingestion.

DHA is often derived from a vegetable source like beets or sugar cane. Its properties as a skin darkener were discovered in the 1920s but weren’t marketed as such until the 1960s, then added to the FDA’s list of approved colors for cosmetic products in the 1970s.

Is the DHA in Sunless Spray Tanning solution safe to use?

The FDA has approved DHA for external application to your skin. For misting applications, the FDA recommends protective measures to prevent eye contact, inhalation or ingestion. To make sure you are completely protected, the FDA suggests wearing protective eyewear, nose filters, lip balm, and protective undergarments.

Has anyone ever had an allergic reaction to Sunless Spray Tanning solution?

Yes. If you’ve had previous allergic reactions to self-tanning lotions or cosmetics, you should consult a health care professional before using spray tanning.

What happens if the Sunless Spray Tanning solution gets in my eyes?

FDA recommends that DHA not be used in the eyes or surrounding area. That is why we recommend using protective eyewear which can be supplied by your salon. If you choose not to wear protective eyewear and your eyes feel irritated, gently splash with water. If you have additional questions, consult your health care provider.

What happens if I inhale any of the Sunless Spray Tanning solution?

FDA recommends that DHA not be inhaled. That is why we recommend using nose filters which can be supplied by your salon. If you choose not to wear nose filters and your nose feels irritated, consult your health care provider.

What is the Sunless Spray Tan (DHA) advisory?

The FDA advises that users should avoid inhaling or ingesting DHA or letting the spray get into your eyes. When using DHA-containing products as an all-over spray or mist, it may be difficult to avoid exposure in a manner for which DHA is not approved, including the area of the eyes, lips, or mucous membrane, or internally.

The FDA recommends you take protective measures to eliminate eye contact, inhalation or ingestion during your spray tan session, such as:

  • Using protective eyewear
  • Wearing nose filters
  • Sealing lips with lip balm
  • Using protective undergarments

DHA may permanently stain what you wear during the tanning session, however the additive used in the bronzer is water-soluble and should wash out.

Ask your Salon Professional for details.

If you have additional concerns, always consult with your health care provider for further guidance.

To understand the complete FDA position on DHA please go to www.FDA.gov

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