Q. How do sunless tanners work?
A. 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 24 hours and the intensity of color is dependent upon the DHA concentration in the product as well as each tanner's individual skin characteristics.
Q. Will it turn me orange?
A. NO - Our Infinite Glow® solution was developed to work with your skin coloring, as well as your desired darkness, to give you natural-looking results everytime. Our certified spray tan artists can choose or create a custom shade specifically designed for your skin tone. The orange color, as it is sometimes called, is a result of using a level of DHA that is too high for the client's skin, over application of solution, or high pH levels on the skin. Infinite Glow® spray tan artists are trained to combat this issue, and our solutions are made to prevent any orange hues that other DHA products have been known to produce in the past.
Q. How many days will a sunless tan last?
A. 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.
A professional application 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/HVLP, custom bronzing) = 5 to 10 days (many Infinite Glow® clients have experinced tans lasting up to 14 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 After Glow Tan Extender, help hydrate the skin and maintain an even, natural-looking color longer.
Q. How long should I wait before I shower?
A. It is best to wait at least 8 hours after using a sunless tanner before you bathe or shower to give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins. We recommend waiting 16 hours before using soap. Do not use any lotions until after first shower.
Q. What is "mobile" spray tanning?
A. WE COME TO YOU! Mobile spray tanning simply means that we come to you at your location. We perform the entire session in a portable tanning booth in your home, office, hotel, or venue of choice. We DO NOT perform your spray tan session in a van or mobile vehicle.
Q. Will the spray make a mess in my home?
A. NO. Our spray tan artists use a portable tanning booth, or "pop-up" tent, to perform the entire spray tan session. There is very minimal overspray from our spray guns, but any spray particles will stay in the booth or be caught and filtered into our extraction fan placed at the back of the tent. There will be no mess at your location at all.
Q. How long will my appointment take?
A. Infinite Glow® is a fully mobile service, meaning we come to your location. A single custom spray tanning session includes the set up and break down of our equipment, the spraying process, and educating the client on proper care, which typically takes a total of 30-45 minutes. We suggest setting aside an hour's time for the appointment to ensure your spray tan artist has sufficent time with you, if needed.
Q. Is spray tanning safe?
A. Distinguished national and international health organizations and consumer reports have deemed sunless tanners and spray tanning as a "safe alternative to UV tanning and sun-bathing". DHA (Dihydroxyacetone), the active ingredient in sunless solutions, has been on the FDA approved cosmetic list since the 1970's. Be sure to inform your spray tan artist if you have had any allergic reations to sunless tanning products or any cosmetic ingredients in the past. For a complete list of our solution ingredients click here.
The FDA recommends avoiding exposure to mucous membranes, inhalation and ingestion. Ask your spray tan artist for accessories to protect eyes, nose, mouth, and genital areas.
Q. Can I spray tan if I am pregnant or nursing?
A. The concern some doctors have is over whether or not the active ingredient (DHA) is able to enter the blood stream; the indications are that it cannot. DHA only penetrates the outermost layer of the skin and is not known to have any detrimental effects to an expectant mother or fetus. However, we recommend that pregnant clients consult their physician before receiving a spray tan, particularly during the first trimester. DHA has only been approved for topical use by the FDA. The FDA recommends avoiding exposure to mucous membranes, inhalation and ingestion. Ask your technician for FDA recommended accessories to protect eyes, nose, mouth, and genital areas. This is suggested for both pregnant and non-pregnant tanners.
Q. Will the solution from a spray tanning application come off on my clothes or bed sheets?
A. If you are using a spray solution with a cosmetic bronzer, a minimal amount 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, any color that may have transferred will come out of clothing or bed sheets in the wash.
Q. Why is keeping skin moisturized essential to maintain great sunless results?
A. 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. After Glow Daily Moisturizer adds moisture and hydration back to the skin to prevent exfoliation and prolong your Sunless Tan with even fading. It is recommended for everday use, before and after your Sunless Tan.