1. Q. How do self 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 open a banana and the surface of it browns when it's exposed to the oxygen in the air.
2. 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. On average, self tanners last 4-6 days. A professional application, i.e. a sunless tan received by Glowing Bronze, will last longer than a store bought application (usually 7-10 days) as there is usually a greater percentage of DHA used.
3. 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 come off faster and color will fade sooner. This will also help in slowing down your body's natural exfoliation process.
4. Q. Will the spray from a spray tanning application come off on my clothes?
A: Since many spray tanning solutions consist of 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 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, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.
5. Q. What should I wear to my sunless tanning session?
A: Bring or wear dark, loose fitting clothing to put on after your session as tight clothing can smear and possibly rub the solution off skin. Do NOT wear wool, nylon and/or silk during your session and for at least 8 hours after as the DHA in the solution may react with these fabrics.