One Custom Spray Tan or Three Custom Air Brush Tans at Forever Tan (Up to 54% Off)

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  • $24 for one custom spray tan (a $50 value)
  • $69 for three custom air brush tans (a $150 value)

The Science of Spray Tanning: Sugar-Based Bronzing

When you step into a spray-tan booth, you set off a chemical reaction in your skin. Groupon explores of this feat of chemistry.

A spray tan isn't paint or makeup; it goes on clear. And it doesn’t affect melanin, the stuff that darkens skin exposed to sun. How does a spray tan work, then? It all comes down to a chemical called dihydroxyacetone—or DHA, as its friends call it.

DHA is a kind of sugar; like food sugars, it can even be derived from sugar cane or beets. When it's applied, it begins to interact with amino acids in the skin's outer layer and turn it darker. But it's not living tissue that it's after: DHA associates mostly with the dead skin cells that cover your body. As these cells naturally fall off over time—which they do so frequently that after about a month, you have an entirely new epidermis—the color fades gradually until it's back to its original state, usually after a week or so. That's why salons recommend exfoliating before getting a spray tan: if you remove the skin cells that will be first to fall off anyway, your tan will last longer.

If spray-tan formulas all start out colorless, how can tanning salons offer different darkness levels? They simply up the concentration of DHA for clients who want to go darker. Those new to spray tanning should be careful, however. A higher concentration of DHA could mean a more orange tint, so starting at a light concentration and working your way up—or spacing out multiple applications at the same concentration—is wise. To counteract any tangerine tendencies, some formulas add a second chemical known as erythrulose. Derived from the sugars found in raspberries, erythrulose produces a reddish tint that complements the orange tones in DHA to create a more natural-looking color.


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    Downtown Miami

    284 Southwest 8th Street

    Miami, Florida 33130

    305-856-8844

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In a Nutshell

Tan seekers achieve healthy, natural glows with spray and air brush treatments

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Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. New clients only or clients who haven't visited in 6 months. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Must sign waiver. Not valid on Christmas Eve, New Years Eve or February 13. Must be 16 and older. Appointments subject to availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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