Why We Won't Offer Spray-On Tanning
Since the 70's sunless tanning lotions have been available for those seeking a
quick cosmetic tan for a special occasion or for those desiring a tan without
UV exposure. These products, having regained popularity in the 90's, have
proven difficult to apply and generally gave the skin an orange, not brown,
color. Technology has made applying sunless products easier with the
introduction of UV-free sunless tanning booths.
Today's UV-free tanners step into a unit resembling a high-tech shower stall.
With the push of a button, the unit sprays a fine mist that blends bronzers,
moisturizers, and dihydroxyacetone (DHA) onto the body, providing an even,
all-over application. The skin begins to darken immediately and may continue to
darken for several hours. Four to five days later, the color has faded and it's
time for another application at a cost of from $ 25.00 to $ 50.00 per session.
While it all seems simple enough, the process is a little more complicated and
preparation can be time-consuming. Clients are instructed to cover their hair
with a paper cap and apply a barrier cream to fingernails, toenails, dry skin
areas and any other absorbent areas due to excessive staining of the skin. Be
careful not to get excess cream on tanning parts of the skin as it may produce
white patches. Once the session is finished, it is advised to towel off right
away to prevent streaking, then lightly massage the body all over to penetrate
the lotion further into the skin and even out any residue. It is recommended
that you wash your hands immediately after the session. After your session, you
are advised to stay dry and avoid bathing or perspiring for several hours.
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the active ingredient in sunless tanning lotions and
spray-on tanning. It is listed as safe for use by the FDA, although it was
found lethal when injected in large doses into rats. While there is no know
skin toxicity, it can cause allergic contact dermatitis. We are not aware of
any studies showing affects of prolonged use of DHA absorbed through the skin.
We Do Know That What Is Put On The Skin Is Eventually Absorbed Into The
Bloodstream. Since We Wouldn't Choose To Put These Chemicals On Our Skin, We
Wouldn't Feel Right In Offering The Service To You.
Should you choose sunless tanning as a replacement for conventional tanning, it
is critical to understand that sunless tanning is strictly cosmetic... offering
no protection from sunburn and does not provide any benefit of vitamin D
synthesis. Studies have shown that the sun and UV tanning are still the most
reliable sources of vitamin D.