FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 slice open an apple and the surface of the apple browns when it's exposed to the oxygen in the air.
The development of colour takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and the intensity of colour is dependent upon the DHA concentration in the product as well as each tanner's individual skin characteristics. The colour developed by the DHA usually lasts 5 to 7 days and begins to fade as the top layer of the skin naturally exfoliates.
Q. How many days will my 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 4-7 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.) = 2 to 3 days
Professional application = 5 to 7 days
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 to exfoliate.
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 moisturised 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 avoid 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: The cosmetic bronzer is the color that is immediately visible during the session and will wash off during the first shower, revealing the DHA bronze tan beneath. This is normal and it is not your tan 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 tanning. To minimise 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. What is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone)?
A. DHA is an acronym for Dihydroxyacetone. DHA is an ingredient derived from sugar cane and beets, which reacts with the amino acids in the skin to create the darkening reaction or tan. Read How Spray Tan Works for more information about DHA and how it is used in sunless tanning products.
Q. What about the after-odour often associated with sunless tanning?
A. Norvell® uses the newest technology in odor inhibitors to encapsulate the odour causing agents commonly associated with DHA products. We then blend the fragrance with DHA in a manor which allows the pleasant fragrance of raspberry and almonds to come through, eliminating the dreaded "sunless smell".
Q. What is a cosmetic bronzer?
A. The component of a sunless product that gives a a tanner immediate colour for that "just off the beach" look. Ingredients used in sunless cosmetic bronzers are similar to those used in cosmetic foundations or bronzing powders.
Q. When should I exfoliate?
A. You should exfoliate before every sunless session. Using a mild shower gel/exfoliant can be done one day prior to the session. You should allow at least 8 hours between body scrub use and the sunless session.
Q. Will solution stain my hair?
A. No. Most people will not see any affect on the colour of their hair. Customers with light blonde, gray or platinum hair may see some discoloration from the cosmetic bronzers initially, however, this colour will wash out with the first shower after the session.
Q. How can I prevent patchy or uneven wear-off?
A. Daily application of Norvell® Pro-Long™ colour extending moisturiser or other extending moisturizer (Jergens) will extend the look of the tan. This bronzing booster will also reduce the appearance of uneven wear and patchiness. Pro-Long™ is a nutrient rich moisturiser that contains low levels of DHA bronzer to extend the look of any sunless tan. This exclusive formula not only extends the tan it also incorporates the latest skin care with skin-firming technology. Delivering "dynamic copper" to the skin
Q. How long after tanning should my clients wait to enjoy a pool/spa/ocean?
A. We recommend avoiding these situations for the first 48 hours following your spray tan. Chlorinated pools & spas can increase the rate in which the skin exfoliates causing the tan to wear and fade.
Q. Can pregnant women be safely sprayed?
A. Norvell Sunless Spray Solution is a non-toxic, and utilises eco-certified natural DHA. However, as you would before using ANY product, on an expectant mother, we recommend each customer consult with their personal physician before receiving a DHA tan application.
Q. Will I feel sticky after being sprayed?
A. It is normal for there to be a slight sticky feel immediately following the session. Norvell solutions is formulated to be the fastest drying formula available. Clients should feel completely dry and non-tacky within 8-12 minutes following the application.
Q. How dark will I be appear after one application?
A. Results will vary based on the individual skin type and pH balance. Norvell® solutions have been formulated to provide a colour that will be appealing to the majority of customers, and a variety of shades are available to allow us to find the perfect solution for each client.
Q. Will a sunless tan protect me from UV sun rays?
A. No. You may get a false sense of security when they have been spray tanned. Your skin will still burn.The skin is not protected and they still need to apply SPF lotions or sprays when in the sun. Norvell® solutions do NOT contain any SPF.
Norvell Spray Tans Pricing
Full Body, Custom Spray Tan
1 tan for $55
3 pack for $150
5 pack for $225