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Spray Tan, How does it make me Tanned?

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

You get a spray tan often but you never asked your self, How does the tan works?

I will let you know a bit more how this miracle works. It is called dihydroxyacetone, DHA! A very easy and simple way to explain how it works is when you see half eaten apple left out in the air going dark happens because of the DHA effect.

The DHA is actually a colourless 3-carbon sugar and It is often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane. The colour you see when you get a tan is just a dye or bronzer to guide the tan and to look “tanned” while waiting for it to develop.

The tanned look occurs because the DHA reacts with the amino acids in the surface cells of the skin and that is why it is temporary and not skin damaging. The tan will last 5-7 days or until the skin rubs off, or is exfoliated.

So, the concentration of DHA in the product is what will make you go light, medium, dark, ultra dark or uber dark!

My job is to analyse your skin and what you want to achieve, from there is my job to decide what concentration we will use and how long to leave on skin to develop. And the art is apply it as even as possible to a clean, free of anything at all, skin!


Karina Your Personal Tanner

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