FAQ You Should Know Before You Tan

FAQ ABOUT AIRBRUSH TANNING

WHAT IS SUNLESS TANNING?

A sunless tanner contains the ingredient DHA (dihydroxyacetone) that reacts with the outer layer of the skin, turning it a brownish tan color. When dissolved in water, DHA produces a colorless solution. Many self tanners have bronzers added so that the product goes on with a tan shade.

 

The addition of color also makes application easier, since applied and un-applied areas are distinct.

In contrast, a sun tan involves ultraviolet rays penetrating multiple layers of the skin which stimulates the production of melanin, a pigmented substance that both produces a tan appearance and provides additional UV protection.

Since the sunless tan is on the outer layers of skin, it lasts until these skin cells shed in the normal exfoliating cycle. A fully developed sunless tan will typically take 4, 8 or 12 hours to develop, depending on formulation. 

WILL I TURN ORANGE?

All of our solutions are brown. Each blend comes in a different product depth (DHA percentage) so you can best match your individual skin depth needs. The different ingredients within each blend will influence the final color and tone of that blend, based on you and how it reacts with your skin. 

There are some things that can influence the color 

  • Insisting on using a darker solution depth than what is good for your recommended skin tone.

  • Poor exfoliation (exfoliate well with nylon mesh gloves and mild plain non-moisturizing shower gel). Many exfoliation scrubs, and bars can leave residue on the skin).

  • Very dry skin (use a lighter product, and/or premoisterize the skin with our Moist Aire spray)

  • Leaving airbrush tanning solution product on the skin too long  (for best color depth, shower at 8-12 hours. Rapid Tan should not be left on longer then 6 hours, or less depending on skin type.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREP FOR MY SESSION?

  • Exfoliate skin at least 24 hours before your sunless tan. This will ensure smooth skin and a primed surface for the tanning solution to cohere to. Pay particular attention to your hands, elbows, knees and feet as these are places more apt to over-develop. 

  • Exfoliate well with nylon mesh gloves  or towel and mild plain non-moisturizing shower gel. Many exfoliation scrubs, and bars can leave residue on the skin.

  • Shave at least 24 hours before your sunless session.

  • Any waxing should be done 24-48 hours before your sunless session.

  • In common dry skin areas such as the hands, elbows, knees and feet, apply a small to moderate amount of moisturizer up to 2 hours before your sunless tan application.

  • Do not apply oils, oil-based or alcohol-based products at any time prior to or after your sunless tan unless product specifically states that it is acceptable for pre-sunless tanning session use.

  • Do not apply deodorant prior to your session.

  • Remove any makeup before your sunless tan.

  • Solution will stain fabrics. Please bring dark, loose-fitting clothing and flip flops or sandals to wear after your tan session until your first shower.  The stain will come out when you wash the clothes.

  • Certain medications, shots (like Vitamin D and B12) can interfere with the tanning process so you may not want to tan if you have taken medications or shots 24 hours before your tan.

  • If you have any other questions please contact Karyn at karyn.snyder@ascent.fitness

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Wearing loose fitting clothing to the tanning appointment is recommended. You will be given time to dry after application before dressing.

DO I TAN IN THE NUDE?

It is up to you.  You can bring a bikini if you like or we will have disposable bottoms and tops you can wear if you need.

WHEN CAN I SHOWER?

Our regular bronze is ready in 8 to 12 hours and the rapid bronze is ready in 2 to 4 hours.

  • Be patient! Wait to shower according to your directions to allow your solution to develop completely.

  • Cosmetic bronzer wash-off during your first shower is normal so you may look lighter at first.  Please keep in mind that the spray tan can continue to develop over the next 12 hours.

  • Do not apply moisturizer until after your first shower. Applying at any time before could cause streaking.

  • Avoid sweating until after your first shower.

  • Moisturize daily and use post-tan products as directed during the life of your spray tan. This will preserve your tan for as long as possible and ensure it fades evenly. A sunless tan can last anywhere from 3-10 days with proper maintenance.

  • When in the sun, remember to use sunscreen. Even with a sunless tan, your skin still needs protection from burning. Sunless products do not contain a sunscreen.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO KEEP MY TAN LONGER?

Hydrated skin is the essential key for maintaining a longer-lasting tan. Apply moisturizer the morning and evening after the first tan, and continue to moisturize daily thereafter.

Many body care products exfoliate or dry out the skin and could potentially cause blotching, uneven fading of your spray tan. Body products to avoid:

  • Anti-acne products.

  • Anti-aging products.

  • Bar soaps.

  • Beta-Hydroxy acid (BHA)-based products.

  • Retin-A-based products.

  • Facial masks and other facial exfoliating scrubs.

  • Makeup removers.

  • Waxing / hair removal products.

  • Body hair bleaching products.

  • Alcohol-based or Witch Hazel-based skin toners. These can dramatically lighten your tan.

  • Hair-inhibiting lotions. These can turn your tan yellow.

  • Daily heavy exercise or excessive sweating can cause your tan to fade quickly and possibly unevenly.

  • Submersion in long baths, hot tubs or swimming pools can also cause your tan to fade quickly.

  • Body spray, perfumes and bug sprays can be used, but it is recommended that you don't spray directly on your skin. Spray onto your clothing or spray in a mist and walk through.

DO YOU USE ORGANIC SOLUTIONS?

All products contain natural and organic sourced ingredients in the final formulation. None have been used in animal testing. All are gluten free. 

Some of the ingredients in our products include:

  • Butters:  Shea and Olive

  • Essential Oils: Sweet Orange, Sage, Rosewood, Lemon Grass, Lemon, Lavender, Cinnamon Leaf, Chamomile, Calendula,Bergamot Oil

  • Extracts: Indian Fig, Dark Chocolate, Blueberry, Goji Berry, Zinc, Yerba Mate, Yeast, Witch Hazel, Seaweed, Rose Hips, Marigold, Mandarin Orange Peel, Lemon  Peel, Lemon Balm, Green Tea & White Tea, Grapefruit Seed, Guta Kola, Goldenseal, Ginger Root, Echinacea, Copper, Banana Fruit Comfrey

  • Walnut Extract (Ask for solutions without this ingredient if you need)

  • Other: Acai Berries, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Emulsifier, and other ingredients

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SPRAY TAN?

We recommend weekly to keep the tan nice and even. Make sure your skin is not patchy from the last spray tan before performing a new spray tan.  Using daily moisturizer helps the tan fade more evenly.

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS ALLERGEN FREE

All of our products are gluten free.

 

Some of our products do contain oils or nuts.  Please contact us at info@ascent.fitness before you tan to make sure we have the solution you need in stock.

BRONZED ESSENCE @ ASCENT

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