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Make sure you exfoliate and shave 24 hours prior to your custom airbrush. The spray tanning solution affects only the dead skin cells. Your skin has a build up of dead skin cells on top of it. The thicker the layer, the sooner it will rub off. If you exfoliate prior to your airbrush, the layer will be very shallow, and it will take a while for it to “build up” allowing your tan to last longer. It is important to use either exfoliating glove or products that don't contain any oils, otherwise the oily barrier can stop the spray tanning solution getting through. Don’t wear any deodorant, moisturizer or makeup before spray tan.
Many deodorants will stop spray tanning solution going through. Others will turn the armpits green. A few moisturizers and makeup products can act as a barrier, not letting the full amount of the solution to attach itself to the skin.
It is best to bring clothes that are dark colored and flip flops to wear after your spray tanning session. Make sure your clothing is not tight!
Prolong Your Healthy Spray Tan by Following These Easy Steps:
For the next 12 hours:
* Stay away from all forms of moisture (water, rain, swimming, perspiration, etc.)
* Do not get a manicure, pedicure or waxing (it is best to do this before your spray tan)
For the next 5-7 days:
* Quick, cool showering is optimal.
* Use mild soap and stay away from using loofahs or exfoliants. Patting your skin instead of rubbing is best.
* Keep your skin moisturized. This will enhance the life of your spray tan.
* If you shave, use a sharp razor with moisturizer. Shave cream and oils are usually not the best options to use.
How do self tanners work?
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 is 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.
How many days will a sunless tan last?
The longevity of a sunless tan depends on the type of self tanning application, the skin's natural exfoliation process, and on the skincare regimen followed before and after application.
On average, self tanners last 4-7 days. A professionally application, i.e. a sunless tan received at a salon or spa, will last longer than an at-home application as there is usually a greater percentage of DHA used.
At-home application (lotions, sprays, mousse, etc.) = 3 to 5 days
Professional application (stand-up spray units, airbrush, Custom Bronzing) = 5 to 7 days
The "life span" of a sunless tan also depends on your skin's natural exfoliation. The faster your skin turns over, 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.
Following a good skin care regimen before and after sunless tanning will help a sunless tan last longer. Exfoliating prior to a sunless tanning application and keeping skin moisturized afterwards are essential. Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer, like Norvell® Pro-long™ tan extending lotion, help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural-looking color longer.
How long should I wait after using a self tanner before I shower?
DHA solutions take about 16-hours to fully develop. Clients will receive the best results if they can avoid bathing until the day after their sunless session. If they must bathe, they should wait a minimum of 12-hours after the application.
If showering prior to the 16-hour post application recommendation, a simple rinse with water only, is best. Soap destroys DHA. Delayed bathing allows the DHA bronzer sufficient time to complete its reaction with the amino acids (proteins) within the skin.
The cosmetic bronzer is the color that is immediately visible during the session and it will wash off during the first shower, revealing the DHA bronze tan beneath.
Why is keeping skin moisturized essential to maintain great sunless 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, like Norvell® Amber Sun™ Pro-long™, help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural-looking color longer by providing subtle bronzers.
Will the spray from a spray tanning application come off on my clothes?
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.
What is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone)?
DHA is an acronym for Dihydroxyacetone.
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.
What is a cosmetic bronzer?
The component of a sunless product that gives a a tanner immediate color for that "just off the beach" look.
Ingredients used in sunless cosmetic bronzers are similar to those used in cosmetic foundations or bronzing powders.
When should you exfoliate?
You should exfoliate before every sunless session. Using a mild shower gel/exfoliant can be done one day prior to the session.
You should allow at least 8 hours between body scrub use and the sunless session.
For clients with extremely dry skin, or problem areas we recommend using 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 effect the sunless results.
Should I let my skin rest between spray sessions?
We recommend that after every 5 weeks of spray tanning, the client allow their skin to rest for 10 days. This allows the customer to completely lose their tan periodically which eliminates patchiness or uneven areas of wear. These areas are caused by normal contact with clothing and other surfaces which cause additional exfoliation.
Will I turn "orange"?
No. We have perfectly blended our cosmetic bronzer to give your customers that "just off the beach" look and transition smoothly into their DHA color that will later develop.
How long after tanning should I wait to enjoy a pool/spa/ocean?
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.
Can pregnant women be safely sprayed?
Norvell Sunless Spay Solution is a non-toxic, and utilizes eco-certified natural DHA. However, as you would before using ANY product, on an expectant mother, we recommend each customer consult with their personal physician before receiving a DHA tan application.
I have very sensitive skin, should I be concerned with a possible reaction to Norvell® solutions?
If you are concerned over allergies or skin reactions to the solution we recommend you first patch test a small area of the skin prior to a full body session.
Will sunless solution cause additional freckling to already freckled skin?
No. However, the spray does not cover freckles up either. What is darker will stay darker and what is lighter, stays lighter in contrast.
How long does a spray tan take to dry?
Norvell® Solution should dry enough to re-dress in 8-12 minutes.
Will I be sticky after being sprayed?
It is normal for there to be a slight sticky feel immediately following the session. Norvell solutions is formulated to be the fastest drying formula available. Clients should feel completely dry and non-tacky within 8-12 minutes following the application.
How dark will I appear after one application?
Results will vary based on the individual skin type and pH balance.
Will a sunless tan protect me from UV sun rays?
No, your skin will still burn.
The skin is not protected and they still need to apply SPF lotions or sprays when in the sun. Spray tan solutions do NOT contain any SPF.