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Exfoliate Before You Go for a Spray Tan

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, the layer will be very shallow, and it will take a while for it to “build up”. Your tan will 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. Some others will turn the armpits green (you can imagine my horror when a client came out of change room with green circles under her arms- I never forgot to make sure nobody else made that mistake). 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 (that said I had very many wonderful tans with moisturizers and make up on- but you never know which ones will mess the tan up).

As soon as you've had your spray tan you can apply deodorant and make up.

Dry out in front of a fan. The tan needs to “set” and the process will take about an hour. It is best to bring clothes and shoes as loose as possible to wear after your spray tanning session, to make sure nothing rubs off.

Prolong Your Healthy Spray Tan by Following These Easy Steps:

For the next 4-8 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.

* If any body part appears too dark (usually due to dry skin), apply baking soda or a toothpaste with peroxide to even out the color.

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 6-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 Norvell® Sunless Tanning Solution?

Norvell® Sunless Tanning Solution is a formulated solution, that when sprayed on a tanner's skin, can give the tanner a "just off the beach" look.

Norvell® offers sunless solutions that can be used in an airbrush, HVLP tanning unit or a sunless spray booth.

What type of bronzers are used in Norvell® Sunless Tanning Solution?

Three different types of bronzers are used in Norvell® Sunless Solutions. First, there is the instantly visible cosmetic bronzer. Cosmetic bronzer gives the "just off the beach" look, but will wash away. (For best results, cosmetic bronzers should remain on the skin at least 8 hours). Norvell® clear formulations do NOT contain cosmetic bronzers.

Bronzer type two is DHA. The DHA bronzer initially has no visible effect, but begins to react with the skin in 2-4 hours and eventually replaces the cosmetic bronzer as it washes away with bathing.

Finally, Eyrthulose is used as a slow-reacting bronzer, very similar to DHA. Eyrthulose enhances the clients color and extends the life of the spray tan.

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.

Read The DHA Story for more information about DHA and how it is used in sunless tanning products.

What about the after-odor often associated with sunless tanning?

Norvell® uses the newest technology in odor inhibitors to encapsulate the odor causing agents commonly associated with DHA products.

We then blend the fragrance with DHA in a manor which allows the pleasant fragrance of raspberry and almonds to come through, eliminating the dreaded "sunless smell".

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, such as Amber Sun™ Body Scrub, 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 Sea Coral 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.

Will solution stain my hair?

No. Most people will not see any affect on the color of their hair. Customers with light blonde, gray or platinum hair may see some discoloration from the cosmetic bronzers initially, however, this color will wash out with the first shower after the session. It is important when spraying to not spray directly into the hairline.

If you or the customer prefer, you can have them wear a hair cap, but it is not necessary. Note: when wearing a hair cap, make sure to pull the cap back to expose the hairline and behind the ears, otherwise you will create a hard line around the forehead and temples.

How can clients prevent patchy or uneven wear-off?

Daily application of Norvell® Pro-Long™ color extending moisturizer will extend the look of the tan. This bronzing booster will also reduce the appearance of uneven wear and patchiness.

Pro-Long™ is a nutrient rich moisturizer that contains low levels of DHA bronzer to extend the look of any sunless tan. This exclusive formula not only extends the tan it also incorporates the latest skin care with skin-firming technology. Delivering "dynamic copper" to the skin

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 loose 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.

All Norvell® solutions are designed to create a custom color shade between the DHA/Erythulose combination and the customers natural skin tone.

The "orange" color, as it is sometime called, is the result of high pH levels within the skin. Extremely light complected customers or those tanning for the first time should be sprayed with Norvell® xLaTan™ pH Balancing prep spray to balance the skin's pH levels prior to their application.

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.

Is a DHA spray tan safe for a diabetic person?

We have received no feedback from any medical authority that would indicate a risk to a diabetic person, however, as you would before using any product on a diabetic person, we recommend each customer consult their physician before receiving a DHA spray tan application.

I have Vitiligo, will the solution cause a change in the affected areas?

Yes. Norvell® sunless solution does work on the affected areas, however, it is important to remember the skin that is lighter "tans" and the unaffected skin areas also tan, therefore they will remain different colors. While both areas do achieve a sunless tan, they will appear "two toned" when finished. Norvell® color is a blend of the natural skin color and the sunless color.

Sunless color is not a "cover-up", but rather a blend. Customers looking to darken only the lighter skin will need to take care and apply solution to these areas only, and may be best served with any of the retail self-tanning applications available from Norvell.

I have very sensitive skin, should I be conerned 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.