Monday, January 11, 2016
Exfoliating your skin thoroughly is key to getting a good spray tan. It lets the dead skin cells come off bringing fresh clean skin to the surface. Not exfoliating properly can cause your tan to fade blotchy in different places. When those dead skin cells slough off and you have a spray tan on, your tan to become blotchy. Our skin exfoliates itself every 28 days, each week certain areas exfoliate.
So, how does one exfoliate their skin to prep for their next tan? Gently exfoliate by using a loofah, loofah mitt or a Japanese exfoliating towel you can get at Daiso Japan store for about $1.50. Using a sugar & sea salt scrub is best but you can also use a body wash or baking soda as well. What ever you use though, make sure to rinse off thoroughly. Any residue left on your skin will cause your tan not to take to your skin. The reason I say GENTLY exfoliate is because you do not want your skin to be irritated when you get your tan. Irritated skin can affect the outcome of your tan.
Any questions you may have, please comment below.
Happy Monday Luvs!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Erythrulose has a composition similar to that of DHA, and the two sugars react on the skin’s surface in a very similar way. However, erythrulose creates a lighter colored tan in a slower time when compared to the tan produced by DHA. The tan created by erythrulose takes up to 24 hours to fully develop while DHA takes 2 to 8 hours to develop. When it is used alone, the tan it creates fades faster than one created by DHA. When DHA is used alone, it is likely to produce an orange and streaky tan. But erythrulose has a less drying effect over the skin than DHA does and it provides a smoother fade. But when these two ingredients are combined, it results in a tan that lasts longer, fades evenly, and produces a deep and natural-looking tan. Erythrulose is very expensive because it is difficult to obtain. Erythrulose has no side effects and due to its similarity in composition with DHA, it is unlikely for anyone to be sensitive to these two sugars. It reacts only with the skin cells of the upper layer and it does not penetrate below this layer. It is incorporated in sunless tanning products – like spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning gels, bronzers, and tanning mousses – at only 1% to 3%.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
*****For Those Of You Who Have Super Duper Dry Skin*********
FYI.....over the counter Retinol products will fade a tan quickly. These exfoliating products can affect how the DHA is absorbed by your skin, which can lead to an uneven, splotchy tan. Coat any recent cuts or scrapes with Un-petroleum Jelly to prevent them from soaking up too much self tanner. If you are sun-burnt, don’t schedule a spray tan. Sunburned skin tends to be sweaty skin, you don’t want to perspire and cause your tan to run and streak.
Yes right after your spray tanning session....you may look really dark (by the bronzers) as the color develops. Don't worry, when you rinse off, all the bronzers will wash off and you'll have a very nice even tan. With our tanning solution, you can literally wear it through out your day.
Follow instructions. A good spray tanning technician will be prepared and walk you through your tan every step of the way-whether it’s your first spray tan or your fiftieth. They want your airbrush tan to be as flawless as you do. To avoid tanning the soles of your feet, you will stand on the towel in the tent at all times. Upon leaving the tent, your technician will clean up any un-necessary, lingering tanning solution on your wrists, back of heel, etc . Use baby wipes to clean off your nails as staining here is a dead giveaway of a sunless tan.
Skip the bra and socks for the next six hours. No exercise, going out in the rain, or doing dishes (duh). Your skin cannot get wet as the airbrush spray tanning solution develops. Every airbrush spray tanning solution is different your spray tanning technician will tell you when it’s safe to shower.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Monday, June 25, 2012
“Why is my sunless tan fading Blotchy?” It’s a question we have all heard more than once in our careers as sunless technicians. Before answering this question it is important to understand how the browning affect with solution takes place. The active ingredient in sunless solutions (DHA also known as Dihydroxyacetone) works with the amino acids on the skin and air to create the brown appearance.
Example: If you take a bite out of an apple and leave it for a while the acids in the apple combine with air to create a natural reaction resulting in a browning affect. This reaction is similar to what takes place with the DHA, air and the amino acids on your client’s skin. The solution absorbs into the skin cells and the air activates the solution creating the appearance of a tan.
Proper skin preparation is very important. Removing loose, dead, dry skin cells will prevent an un-even application of sunless solution and will improve and extend your tanning results.
Skin preparation and application technique will determine the end result. There are a few scenarios a technician can explore if their client has a sunless tan fading:
1.) The client did not properly prepare for their airbrush tan. The purpose of exfoliating prior to a sunless session is to remove the loose dead skin cells that naturally shed from the body every four weeks. That means twenty-five percent of our skin is exfoliated away every seven days. Once these skin cells slough away, your sunless tan gradually fades. Remove as many dead skin cells as you can prior to receiving your airbrush tan treatment. If solution is applied over any loose cells, the sunless tan will shed off pre-maturely in those areas leaving a patchy result.
How to properly exfoliate: Keep it simple. We recommend using a regular washcloth, loofa, or exfoliating mitt and body wash to exfoliate the skin. The fibers found in most washcloths are perfect to loosen and gently remove tired, dry skin. We recommend our natural exfoliating sugar scrub. Make sure to rinse off thoroughly be any residue may prevent the tanning solution from penetrating. Scrubbing hard can damage healthy skin.
2.) The client did not properly hydrate their sunless tan. A lack of moisture in the skin due to skin conditions or dry air (generally found in the winter months) can cause uneven shedding of the skin. To minimize this natural occurrence, moisturize the skin with a non-mineral oil and petroleum oil based lotion.
3.) The technician applied too much solution. The over application of a sunless solution is often the culprit for uneven fading or blotchiness. The solution needs air to react with the skin. By over spraying the client, the air cannot penetrate through the solution to react with the skin. The solution must be applied in light, even strokes.
4.) The technician applied solution over an existing sunless tan. Other than piggyback applications to add depth to your color, you should never apply sunless solution over an existing sunless tan. The skin must be clean and free from previous sunless residue. Leftover airbrush tans from previous sessions will have noticeably darker patches, resulting in uneven fading.
5.) The technician used too deep a color. Skin cells shed at different times. If the color is too dark for the clients natural skin tone the fading will be more prominent. The fading will appear patchy/blotchy. Always assess your clients skin tone and use the proper color. If a client insists on the darkest possible color, you should set realistic expectations on how their tan will fade.
Some other notable reasons for patchy/blotchy fading can be; the use of deodorant, makeup, perfume, lotions and powders prior to or a sunless application will prevent the solution from absorbing evenly. Exfoliating, sweating, rubbing or excessive exposure to liquids (i.e. swimming, sweat from exercising, etc.) may also result in patchy/blotchy fading.
Like everything else, moderation is the key. Often our desire for perfection leads us down a path of excess. In this instance, excessive sunless application will create the opposite of perfection. Skin is always shedding. This process is random. If the skin is over treated with solution or has been reapplied too frequently, the shedding becomes more obvious. After your sunless tan has faded completely, let your skin breathe for at least a week before tanning again.