HAPPY HOUR EVERY WEDNESDAY! BOOK AN APPOINTMENT BETWEEN 3 & 5PM TO ENJOY A $25 SPRAY
How Do Sunless 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 Long Will My Spray Tan Last?
With proper maintenance, you can expect 5-7 days of a gorgeous glow and an even color fade. 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.
What Should I Wear to Get Spray Tanned?
Most women airbrush tan topless & in a thong OR a strapless bra & underwear. We will provide a disposable thong for your convenience. Men may wear boxers, briefs or swim wear.
Can I Exercise Tonight?
Your spray tan will take up to 24 hours to fully develop. During this time it is important to refrain from moisture build-up on the skin. (i.e. sweating, swimming, showering, rain, manicures, and pedicures)
When is it Okay to Shower?
Please wait a full 24 hours to shower. If you must shower prior to the 24-hour waiting period, use a warm water rinse only to freshen up. NOTE: This may lessen the overall result of your tan.
Is it Normal for Color to Come Off When I Shower?
The product applied during your sunless application may contain instant "cosmetic" bronzers; this color is only temporary and will wash off during your first shower.
Is it Safe to Tan While Breastfeeding?
If you are currently breast feeding, adhesive nursing pads or a strapless bra must be worn. We recommend our Rapid Dry Tan when breastfeeding to be able to wash the bronzer off within hours.
Stephany Voss of Bluffton Bronze provides tips to prepare for and care for your spray tan.