HOW DO SUNLESS / SPRAY TANNING 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 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.
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 Color Extender Pro-long™ Moisturizer or Dancing with the Stars by Norvell Endurance, 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 avid 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.
NOTE: 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. An uneducated client may think their tan is washing down the drain.
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. Your goal is to basically slow down your body’s natural exfoliation process.
Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer, such as Norvell Color Extender Pro-long™ Moisturizer, help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural-looking color longer by providing subtle bronzers.
WILL THE BRONZERS FROM A SPRAY TANNING APPLICATION RUB-OFF ON MY CLOTHES?
If you are using a spray solution with a cosmetic bronzer (water-soluble make-up), 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 bronzers transferring to clothing, we recommend you wear loose-fitting, darker clothes after your spray session. Try to refrain from physical exertion that could result in your sweating until you shower and wash off the cosmetic bronzers.
All cosmetic bronzers used within Norvell products are water-soluble. Therefore, in most cases, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.
It is however important to note bronzers may stain light hair, wool, spandex, lycra, silks or other fine fabrics. If product comes into contact with hands or clothing rinse immediately.
WILL A SUNLESS TAN PROTECT ME FROM EXPOSURE TO UV SUN RAYS?
No. It is common to get a false sense of security when you have been spray tanned. Your skin will still burn when overexposed.
It is still necessary to apply SPF lotions or sprays when in the sun. Norvell® solutions do NOT contain any SPF.
Extend and build color between sessions with a daily application of Sunless Color Extender ProLong™ Moisturizer.
TIPS TO TOUCH UPS
For facial color renewal, try Bronzing 4-Faces™ for body color touch up, try any other Norvell Retail Product in the Bronze category.
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Once dry, apply Post Sunless HydroFirm™ Moisturizing Spray to add moisture, seal sunless results and boost the DHA reaction. When showering after 24 hours, use pH Balancing Shower Cleanser.
TIPS TO OPTIMIZING THE PERFECT TAN
Refrain from showering as long as possible, ideally for 24 hours. As with all DHA products, sunless color begins showing development approximately 4 hours post application and continues to darken for up to 24 hours. If you must shower before the 24 hours has lapsed, do so using a warm water rinse only. The use of soap can inhibit full development of DHA. Never fear, cosmetic surface bronzers will wash away during the first shower. Note :: Chlorine can cause premature fading of sunless results.
Pre-session exfoliation is the first step to achieving flawless spray tanning results. It is best to clear away dry, dead skin cells with a sulfate-free scrub from Norvell. For those needing a little buff, try Renewing Sunless Exfoliator or for those who want a deeper rub, try Intensive Detoxifying Salt Scrub. Go beyond buffing, by using the eXmitt. This will polish and prep the pH balance of the skin to keep orange undertones at bay.
TIPS TO PREP FOR THE PERFECT TAN
Avoid using bar soaps, high pH shower products or in-shower moisturizers. Be sure to complete any waxing, shaving or use of depilatory creams no later than 24 hours prior to your session.
Salon Serenity Spa' tanning salon uses the Norvell Sunless Tanning System which atomizes their unique tanning solution into a very fine mists, delivering highly customized, high quality skincare and sunless tanning for the ultimate beautifying experience. Norvell combines the highest quality products and the latest sunless tanning technology to give our clients the best, longest lasting, and natural looking custom spray tan available in the sunless industry today. We know that getting a spray tan can be a scary experience, especially if your airbrush tan is for a special event. Our certified, well-trained, and experienced staff will put you at ease, answer all your questions, and ensure that you enjoy the finest care in both service and experience
1. Boost your self-confidence, feel fantastic, look radiant and be the envy of your friends.
2. Maintain a healthy, natural, golden glow anywhere and anytime.
3. Provides a smooth, streak-free, even application.
4. Accentuate your features and appear slimmer.
5. Even out skin imperfections, minimize the appearance of stretch marks & varicose veins.
6. Perfect for special occasions, spa parties, bridal parties, prior to vacations or last minute tanning.
7. Allows for the tanning of specific body regions or hard to tan areas.
8. Eliminates tan lines.
9. Quick and Convenient alternative to traditional tanning.
10. Choose your desired level of darkness and achieve instant results.
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Take care! Norvell’s Self-Tanning MAINTENANCE SYSTEM is an all-inclusive selection of products that incorporates the core four categories of sunless care – Prime, Bronze, Optimize, and Enhance. Thoughtfully combined to build a TSA sized travel set, this system is the culmination of top selling products that work synergistically to keep color impeccable.
TO ACHIEVE A SPRAY TAN THAT’S A PERFECT 10,
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO TAKE PART IN THESE 4 SIMPLE STEPS:
The tips listed below are instructions to achieve the very best sunless tanning results; however, you can still achieve beautiful Just off the Beach color as a Norvell walk-in client.
As you prepare for your Norvell sunless tan, be sure to wear loose fitting, dark clothing and no jewelry. Tight clothing can run or smear bronzers, especially around the knees, elbows, chest and waist. Before you head to your appointment, there are some important “don’ts” you won’t want to ignore. Deep penetration of the solution is key to a beautiful lasting color.
TIPS TO PREP FOR THE PERFECT TAN
Don’t create a sunless barrier by applying anything to the skin. Avoid applying lotions, creams or perfumes prior to your session. Even use deodorant sparingly. Don’t wear any makeup to your sunless tan appointment, if unavoidable, remove prior to your spray tan.
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