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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.


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.


Keep Your Glow All Winter Long

As the crisp air of winter rolls in, you may be wondering, “Do I really need a sunless tan?” Flip-flops and bathing suits may be seasonal accessories but beautiful skin is a year round necessity.Sol Potion

Cool Weather Color:

Just like fashion and cosmetics, your sunless tan should also be seasonally appropriate.  Depending on where you live, a deep Miami tan may look out of place on a ski slope. Make sure that you discuss your color with your spray tan technician to decide what shade will look best on you.

Winter Skincare:

We all know that as winter approaches, the dryness from the heat in our homes, and the bite from the outdoors can really do a number on our skin. In colder climates it’s important that you keep your skin moisturized, particularly if you plan to get spray tanned. The color may vary in dry areas if you have parched skin.

Don’t sacrifice having beautiful skin just because it’s winter. Proper skin care and a hint of color will keep you looking radiant and heads turning!

Fun Holiday Fact:

“Bah Humbug” is a phrase often associated with Ebeneezer Scrooge, however in 1751 this term meant a hoax or jest. P.T. Barnum (Barnum and Bailey Circus) was considered the master of humbug. He created marvelous fake exhibitions and created public sensations. Today, the term is used to describe nonsense or gibberish.


Spooky Looks For Halloween

We LOVE Halloween! Even though many people get spray tanned for their Jeannie, Belly Dancer or Sexy Nurse costumes we prefer to go a little on the “dead” side of color for our costumes. Using a little white body paint in our spray tanHalloween-looks guns and some smokey eye shadows we can turn ourselves into a Deadly Corpse, Ice Queen or even Lurch.

First, apply the body paint. Using your airbrush gun apply short bursts of the white body paint until you have an eerie dead look. Then with dark gray or black eye shadow shade the hollow points on your neck and cheekbones. With a powder brush dust your shoulders and arms with the dark gray eye shadow. Use a lighter gray eye shadow to darken your eyes. Apply some red lipstick and false lashes and your face is done. You can then apply wounds or anything else to complete your costume. The key to getting that “dead look” is to keep the makeup imperfect. The more messy the makeup application, the better the end result.

Scare up some cool Halloween looks using your spray tan gun for more that just that sun kissed glow.


Welcome to Sunless Made Simple

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When people think of spray tanning one of several questions may come to mind. What is DHA anyway? Will I turn orange? How do I apply my makeup to match my newly bronzed skin? Why are mineral oils bad for my tan? Spray tan science has come along way since the discovery of DHA. Sunless-kissed skin is our passion. We are going over all the ins and outs of spray tanning. We have been training airbrush technicians and their client’s about spray tanning for years. There is a ton of information and misinformation floating around about spray tanning.
We designed this blog to break down how sunless works, how to get a great sunless tan and make it last. We go behind the scenes of sunless to answer questions that most sunless tanners have and to debunk some frequently told myths about sunless. By staying informed with our blog because we’re making sunless simple!

Michele & Lori from Sol Potion