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.
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.
- At-home application (lotions, sprays, mousse, etc.) = 3 to 5 days
- Professional application
(stand-up spray units, airbrush, Custom Bronzing) = 5 to 7
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
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® Pro-long™ tan extending lotion, help hydrate skin
and maintain even, natural-looking color longer.
Q. How long should I wait after using a self tanner before I shower?
A: 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: It is important to educate your customer regarding
instant/cosmetic bronzers. 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.
||Q. Will the spray from a spray tanning application come off on my clothes?
A: If you are
using a spray solution with a cosmetic bronzer, 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
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, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.
Q. When should I exfoliate?
A. You should exfoliate before every sunless session. Using a
mild shower gel/exfoliant, such as Amber Sun™ Body Scrub, can be done
one day prior to the session.
You should allow at least 8 hours between body scrub use and the sunless session.
For clients with extremely dry skin, or problem areas we
recommend using Sea Coral Salt Scrub. If using salt scrub, this must be
done 24-48 hours prior to the session, otherwise the oils within the
salt scrub will effect the sunless results.
Q. Will I turn "orange"?
A. No. We have
perfectly blended our cosmetic bronzer to give your customers that "just
off the beach" look and transition smoothly into their DHA color that
will later develop.
All Norvell® solutions are designed to create a custom
color shade between the DHA/Erythulose combination and your natural skin tone.
The "orange" color, as it is sometime called, is the result
of high pH levels within the skin.