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THE ABC'S OF TANNING

 

THE BASICS

 

Erythrulose and the more commonly known DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) are the active ingredients in tanning solution which cause your skin to tan.

Absorbed into your skin's outermost layers, they undergo what's called the 'Maillard Reaction' - a safe and natural process which leads to a change in skin colour.

The tan begins to show after 3 hours and after 8 hours your tan approaches near peak intensity.

 


HOW MUCH SOLUTION SHOULD I BE USING?

 

You should be aiming to use between 30 - 50 mls of solution per application for an 'average' sized person (50-80kg).

 

Using too much solution will cost you $$$ in wasted solution and will not result in a natural looking tan.

Do your best to develop you applicaiton technique to a point where you are consistantly spraying the correct amount of solution everytime.

Your clients will be happier and your tans will be better !

 

 


HOW LONG SHOULD I LEAVE IT ON?


The time you leave a spray tan on the skin is dependent on the solution type you are using -    '2 HR Tan'  or the  'Original' 6 HR Tanning Solution'.

 

 

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Often confused with being a rapidly developing tan, the 2 hour tan develops at exactly the same speed as the traditional spray tan (first showing at 3 hours and peaking at 8 - 12 hours).

The advantage is in the ability to wash the solution off 2 hours after application. This convenience allows you to go about your day sooner, without waiting to wash.

 

Note: The 2 hour tan is an efficient absorber - do not leave the tan application on for longer than 2 hours, over-development may result. READ MORE about the 2 HR tan.

 

 

 

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Your 'traditional' tanning solution - leave on your skin for 6 hours before washing off.

 

You may ask, why use the Original 6 hour tan when I can get the same result in 2 hours?

 

Answer:

The 6 hour tan is still convenient for those who schedule a tan in their lunch break or before work and are unable to wash the application off after 2 hours.

 

 

 

 

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?


Your tan will typically last between 7-10 days. Achieving the maximum value from your tan depends on three main factors.

 

1. TANNING SOLUTION


A tan is only as good as the solution being used. The key ingredients which affect a spray tans lasting ability are Erythrulose and the use of high quality absorbants to deliver the active ingredients sufficiently into the dead skin layers.

 

  • Erythrulose has the advantage of an extended development time which peaks 2 days after application, giving your tan two extra days of vibrancy.
  • DMI (Dimethyl Isosorbide), a plant derived skin absorbant works to temporarily dissolve loose fat and oils on the skin's surface, allowing the active ingredients an efficient pathway into the skins outer layers.

 

2. PREPARATION


Preparing for a spray tan correctly is one of the most important factors which will determine the lasting ability of your tan and how well it fades. This preparation is simply - exfoliation !

 

By exfoliating the dead skin from your body before a spray tan, the active ingredients have a fresh layer of smooth skin to interact with. This new layer of skin will take much longer to naturally exfoliate and hence your tan will stay with you for longer and fade better.

 

Ask your spray tanner for a OneTone - Skin Prep Spray before your tan application if you have dry skin. This will even out the absorption of the tanning ingredients to avoid any over absorption in dry areas. In particular - wrists - elbows - knees and ankles.

 

Remember... do not to wear any makeup, deodorant, moisturisers or perfume before your session as these create a barrier to the tanning solution)

 


3. AFTER CARE


Exfoliation is vital before application but detrimental after your spray tan. Your tan is captured in many layers of dead skin.

Reducing the rate at which these layers shed will lead to a longer lasting tan. The natural exfoliation of your newly tanned skin can be reduced by following three simple steps.

 

  • Moisturise every day after showering (while still damp)
  • Pat dry after showering
  • Avoid hot showers and long swims (especially in chlorinated water)