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CBD & Spray Tans

We have had a lot of people ask us about adding CBD oil to their spray tan solutions. Hemp-derived CBD oil is now legal in the US.  As a result, it has become one of the hottest new health trends. It has been said to do everything from reduce pain, inflammation and anxiety to controlling seizures and prevent cancer growth. While more studies need to be done on the effects of CBD oil, it’s popularity as a wonder supplement is widespread.

What is CBD oil? Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that’s derived from cannabis. It’s a cannabinoid, that is naturally found in marijuana plants. Full-Spectrum CBD oil is the most effective as it works synergistically with the body’s natural cannibinoids. CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication as it contains less than .03% THC.

You can find CBD sold in a variety of different products ranging from oral to topical. If you are considering offering CBD services in tandem with spray tans there are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Is Your CBD Oil Real? There are a lot of scam products that state they sell real CBD oil but in reality, it is not. Make sure you obtain third party test results from your supplier that indicate the milligrams per dose, purity and quality.
  2. What Is the Appropriate Dose? CBD oil comes in a variety of doses. If you ask the CBD experts, they will tell you that dosing varies by person. You will want to ask what the dose should be when being topically applied.
  3. Are You A Doctor? If not, be careful how you present CBD oil to your customers. Keep the benefits to above the epidermis layer. You do not want to present this as a cure all.
  4. Can CBD oil have side effects? In some people CBD oil can cause dizziness, hallucinations, depression or low blood pressure. Make sure you discuss possible side effects with your supplier.

Offering add-on treatments to spray tan services is a lucrative way to increase your per client transaction. When done correctly your customers will be happy and want to continue adding these services when they get spray tanned.

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Spray Tans: How Does This Stuff Work?

Talk to any who gets a spray tan and they will tell you that color is the most important factor.  They want a rich golden tan that keeps them going back for more again and again.  However, with all the different spray tan companies out there the quest to find the perfect tan can be difficult.

What Makes The Tan Brown?

The primary ingredient in all sunless solutions is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone).  DHA is a clear liquid that stains the skin by reacting with the amino acids on the skin and the air causing a bronzed color to appear.  The best analogy to describe this is an apple. If you bite into an apple then let it sit, the air oxidizes the enzymes in the apple causing it to turn brown. DHA causes a similar effect on the skin. All sunless solutions contain a certain percentage of DHA. Professional grade solutions can range anywhere from 5% to 14%. A higher percent of DHA will produce a deeper result. DHA takes between eight to twelve hours to fully develop on the skin.

Bronzers: Green, Red & Violet – OH MY!
Bronzers are a temporary color added to the spray tan solution to assist the technician with the application
process.  It also gives an immediate pop of color on the skin while the DHA develops. There are several ways to mix the bronzers resulting in different variations of brown.  Some can have hues of red, green or violet. This is a short-term coloring, similar to certain types of makeup that
wash off immediately. It is not representative of the final color.

The color of the bronzer can have a different affect on the skin depending on the color of the natural skin tone.  Redder skin tone look better with
green base bronzers.  Where as skin tones that are more on the neutral side look good with the violet or red base bronzers. The key thing to remember is that bronzers have absolutely no bearing on the development of the DHA, but they will affect how it looks while developing.

DHA Is What It IS…
There is no such thing as green, violet or red based DHA. DHA has no base. It is a clear liquid that stains the skin.  The depth of stain depends on the percentage of DHA used in the solution. How it develops on the skin depends on the level of DHA used and other ingredients found in the over-all formula.

When talking with your spray tan technician be clear with how you want your tan to look after development.  They will be able to choose the right DHA percentage to give you the perfect golden glow.

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Sunless Tanning Myths

There are several urban legends of sunless tanning. We are sure that you have heard a lot of them! In the past some of these were true. Even though the sunless industry has grown and developed much more sophisticated methods of creating and implementing airbrush
tans, these legends still linger. Since we continually hear these questions, we thought we should break down and dispel the most
common myths.Sol Potion Sunless

Myth #7 – Having a sunless tan protects the skin from the sun exposure.

The theory behind this statement is that if you build a base tan your skin is less likely to burn when exposed to the sun. While this may or may not be true, a sunless tan is a cosmetic coloring of the skin, NOT a real tan. It will no more protect you from then sun, than if you sprayed on perfume just before going the beach.   You would fry crispy.   You should always wear a good protective sunscreen when exposing your skin to UV rays.

Myth #6 – Sunless tans don’t last.
The reality is that all tans fade, whether it’s a sunless or traditional tan. Sunless tans last about seven days, but with proper care can last as long as ten days. Traditional tans last only slightly longer. The sunless tan will afford you the same tanned appearance without the UV side effects (i.e. peeling or damaged skin, premature aging and cancer).

Myth #5 – The color I see immediately after the session is the final color.
Many sunless solutions contain bronzers. This is a temporary color that gives a tanned appearence while the DHA develops, but it is not representative of the final result. The final color depends on what level of solution is used and how long its left it on before getting wet.

Myth #4 – The chemicals in the solution are more harmful than UV exposure.
Sunless tans are safer than traditional UV tans for the obvious reasons (i.e. skin damage, premature aging and cancer). Many of theStinky
same ingredients that are used in your shampoos, cosmetics, hairsprays and lotions are also used to create sunless solutions and considered to be safe.  If you are concerned about the composition of your solution, ask your technician for a list of ingredients.

Myth #3 – Spray tan solution makes you stinky.
Anyone who has gone to a spray tan booth or has used self-tanners in the past may have experienced the starchy smell that DHA produces. At one time it was a very prominent smell that was difficult to mask even with perfume or scented lotions. The sunless industry has made tremendous leaps with the development of spray tan solutions. Solutions are now created with a host of pleasant fragrances and neutralizers that do not leave you smelling like an old potato.

Myth #2 – Using any lotion will keep a sunless tan looking fresh.

The key to a lasting sunless tan is moisture maintenance. However, if you use a lotion containing petroleum, mineral, coconut and sesame oils or containing Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) they will most definitely destroy their sunless tan. About 98% of the lotions on the market contain one or more of ingredients that don’t play fair with a sunless tan. Make sure to read your lotion bottles before using or ask your Technician for a recommendation. There are lotions on the market, like Sol Potion Lotion, that are designed to work well
sunless tans.

Myth #1 – Spray tanning turns you orange.BadSpray

Spray tanning will NOT turn you orange. Why won’t this urban legend die? One only needs to look at photographs of Snooki and Lindsey Lohan, or watch the famous episode of “Friends” where Ross turns himself orange in a spray booth. Even worse, you get a glimpse of a poor gal you pass on the street that looks like she drank three gallons of carrot juice. It is not the solution that created the orange appearance. It’s the spray tan technician. These are classic cases where the technician has used way too dark a color or has sprayed too heavily. Just because you want to be dark doesn’t mean your skin tone can handle the depth. If you go for the lighter shade, you won’t be orange.

While there are several more crazy myths that we could tackle these are the best of the best. If you have a myth you want us to dispel let us know. We’ll keep you posted on new myths and the true answers.

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Sunless Tans – Dark or Natural?

As the summer continues we get more requests from our clients that they want to receive the darkest possible sunless tan.  Even though it’s August, this sends shivers down our spines.  We always want to accommodate our customers but know that applying a darker shade will not necessarily give the desired result.

Remember the goal of a sunless tan is to look pretty and natural.  We always try to advise our clients that a darker level of solution may not look natural on certain skin tones.Woman-half-tanned

So what exactly is DHA and why do I care?

The primary ingredient in all sunless solutions is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone).  DHA reacts with the naturally occurring amino acids on the epidermis causing a bronzed color to appear.  In other words, DHA adheres to the dead skin cells and turns them brown.  As the cells begin to shed so does the coloring attached to it.

All sunless solutions contain a certain percentage of DHA.  A higher percentage of DHA will produce a deeper result.  In addition, the more DHA concentration in the solution the more the color changes from a golden brown to a red brown. Using too high a percent of DHA on lighter skin will produce an unnatural color and have patchy fading.

When you get a sunless tan no matter what color is used, you WILL look tan. The key is to choose a shade that will look best for your skin tone and fade in natural looking way.