Common Questions About UV-Free Spray Tanning

Frequently Asked Questions from Interested Customers

Sunless Spray Tanning

How should I prepare for my sunless spray tan session?
Exfoliate and shave the day before or the day of your Sunless spray tanning session. (The day before is preferred) The day of your Sunless spray tanning session refrain from using moisturizers, perfumes, lotions, oils or deodorants that may create a barrier between your skin and the Sunless tanning solution. (You may resume using these after your first shower or bath)

What should I wear to my spray tan appointment?
Loose fitting clothing. If using bronzer, darker clothing works best.

How long should I wait after a session before showering?
To give the DHA enough time to fully set, we recommend waiting a minimum of 4 hours after a Sunless spray tanning session or 8 hours for optimal results. Showering sooner may diminish the intensity of the tan. If you tanned using an Instant Cosmetic Bronzer option the Instant Cosmetic Color will wash off in the shower, but the color produced by the DHA will remain.

Will swimming affect my tan?
Swimming in chlorinated water or salt water can fade the Sunless spray tanning results, cause possible streaking and will diminish the length of your tan. However, normal activities such as bathing, showering or physical activities will not affect the quality of the tan.

Will my skin look orange?
Not at all. Before Sunless spray tanning, most self-tanners were creams and lotions applied by hand. That meant inconsistent coverage. Too much lotion applied in one place left the skin looking orange. Not enough lotion left unattractive streaks.

Does sunless spray tanning solution have any smell after contact with my skin?
Some people notice a slight starchy smell on their skin a few hours after a tanning session. This is simply the DHA reacting to proteins in your skin and it fades away fairly quickly.

Will the bronzing formula stain my hair or clothing?
The Sunless spray tanning bronzing formula is completely water soluble. Users may notice some initial cosmetic color on the inside of their clothing, but this color will wash out in cold water, however DHA in the tanning formula may permanently stain what you wear during your session.

How long does a sunless spray tan last?
A Sunless spray tan can last up to 7 days depending on the formulation you choose and the condition of your skin.

Are there ways to enhance the sunless spray tanning results?
Yes, all Sunless, Inc. retail take-home products are created to enhance and extend professional Sunless spray tanning results. Over the counter products that are not specifically designed for Sunless tanning may block the tan's application, impede the development process and may create uneven post-tan fading.

What is a Multi-Treatment Session?
A VersaPro Multi-Treatment Session is a process of combining 2 or 3 formulations in the same session. Keep in mind that treatment sprays (Pre-Sunless pH Balancing Treatment, or Post-Sunless Super Hydrating Treatment) are all 2 passes (front and back) while Bronzing Treatment is applied in 4 passes for complete, perfect coverage. Additionally, your blow dry passes match your spray passes; therefore, a Bronzing and Super Hydrating Multi-Treatment Session will be demonstrated as:
Bronzing - Front, Side, Side, Back Blow Dry - Back (2x), Front(2x)
HydratinG - Front, Back Blow Dry - Back, Front

Will the Bronzing Formula stain my hair or clothing?
The VersaPro Sunless Bronzing formula is completely water soluble. Users may notice some initial cosmetic color on the inside of their clothing, but this color will wash out in cold water.

What's in the Sunless Bronzing Formula that makes me tan?
DHA, dihydroxyacentone, combined with anti-aging, skin firming ingredients is the main compound that produces a customized bronze glow. DHA has been an approved cosmetic additive by the FDA for over 30 years. VersaSpa chemists have refined the technology to produce the most outstanding formulation that results in silky smooth, glowing skin with a refreshing after scent.

And is it safe?
The FDA has approved DHA as a topical application and recommends that users should avoid inhaling or ingesting DHA. As a result, Versaspa Pro emits the least amount of solution necessary to achieve a full body tan, thus decreasing the amount of inhalable mist for a more pleasant experience. Furthermore, VersaSpa users are encouraged to use protective measures to eliminate ingestion such as: using protective eye wear, nose filters, and sealing lips with lip balm; and the use of disposable undergarments.

DHA (Dihydroxyacetone)

What is DHA?
The active ingredient most often used in all sunless tanners including tinted moisturizers, self-tanners, and spray tan solution is called DHA or dihydroxyacetone. DHA is a carbohydrate (monosaccharide sugar) compound approved by the FDA for use in externally applied sunless tanning solutions. For misting applications, the FDA recommends protective measures to prevent eye contact, inhalation or ingestion.

What is it made from?
DHA is often derived from a vegetable source like beets or sugar cane. Its properties as a skin darkener were discovered in the 1920s but weren't marketed as such until the 1960s, then added to the FDA's list of approved colors for cosmetic products in the 1970s.

Is the DHA in Sunless spray tanning solution safe to use?
The FDA has approved DHA for external application to your skin. For misting applications, the FDA recommends protective measures to prevent eye contact, inhalation or ingestion. To make sure you are completely protected, the FDA suggests wearing protective eye wear, nose filters, lip balm, and protective undergarments.

Would you recommend Sunless Spray Tanning Solution for people who have skin sensitivities or allergies?
This product is safe, however, if you have skin sensitivities or allergies, we recommend that you consult with a health care professional before using our product.

What happens if the Sunless spray tanning solution gets in my eyes?
FDA recommends that DHA not be used in the eyes or surrounding area. That is why we recommend using protective eye wear which can be supplied by your salon. If you choose not to wear protective eye wear and your eyes feel irritated, gently splash with water. If you have additional questions, consult your health care provider.

What happens if I inhale any of the Sunless spray tanning solution?
FDA recommends that DHA not be inhaled. That is why we recommend using nose filters which can be supplied by your salon. If you choose not to wear nose filters and your nose feels irritated, consult your health care provider.

What is the Sunless spray tan (DHA) advisory?
The FDA advises that users should avoid inhaling or ingesting DHA or letting the spray get into your eyes. When using DHA-containing products as an all-over spray or mist, it may be difficult to avoid exposure in a manner for which DHA is not approved, including the area of the eyes, lips, or mucous membrane, or internally.

The FDA recommends you take protective measures to eliminate eye contact, inhalation or ingestion during your spray tan session, such as:
• Using protective eye wear
• Wearing nose filters
• Using ear plugs
• Sealing lips with lip balm
• Using protective undergarments

DHA may permanently stain what you wear during the tanning session, however the additive used in the bronzer is water-soluble and should wash out.

To understand the complete FDA position on DHA please visit here.