There actually isn’t orange or red based solution. DHA or Dihydroxyacetone, is the main active ingredient in all spray tans. DHA is colourless. The tan is caused by a reaction between DHA, oxygen and the amino acids in the outer layers of the skin. Spray tan solutions when manufactured are clear. Orange or unnatural skin tones are normally associated with over application of a solution with too high a DHA content for your particular skin tone or skin type.
In the past, self-tanners gave many individuals an unnatural orange glow and caused streaking. Most of these undesirable results were caused by improper or ineffective application techniques. Applying creams and lotions by hand usually results in excessive amounts being absorbed into the skin. Excessive amounts applied in a single application can give an orange glow to the skin. Unnatural dark spots may also appear in dry or thick skinned areas such as elbows, knees, and knuckles because these areas have a tendency to absorb more of the cream. The spray tan technology used in spray booths assures that all areas of the body get a uniform coating of the solution in the exact quantity required to produce a golden brown tan.
If you are very fair you will want to do a level 1 spray as that has the least amount of DHA in it. The technician will help you determine which level will give you the best results for your skin type. If you are tanning for a wedding or other special occasion you will want to do a ‘test run’ ahead of time to ensure you are happy with your results. We also recommend using the ‘clear’ version of the solution for special events, as the ‘bronzer’ version can rub off a bit on light colored clothing. If you go to our website, http://tandesoleil.com/spray-tan/ you can see demo videos, faq’s, and pre-tan/post-tan instructions. :)
Marnie at Tan de Soleil
Jun 30, 2013