How does spray tanning work?
Spray tanning involves applying an active ingredient, dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, to your skin using a specialist low-pressure spraying machine. DHA is a colourless sugar, which interacts with the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of your skin to produce a golden brown colour. Apples turn brown when exposed to air and this is a similar process.
You will be sprayed with a lightly coloured solution of DHA. The actual tan takes 6 – 8 hours to develop and the lightly coloured solution washes off in the shower (you will be advised on how long to wait before you can bathe or shower).
What about streaking and/or turning orange?
Fake tanning has made huge leaps since its first inception. New and improved solutions, machines and spray tan technology virtually eliminate these concerns. A solution will be chosen for your colouring from a beautiful selection of Sienna colours to give you a natural sun-kissed look with long lasting results.
Sienna products combine a wealth of natural ingredients to moisturise and nourish your skin. Ingredients include organic rose hip oil, green tea, gingko, aloe vera, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, anti-oxidant vitamins A & E, avocado extract, suma, shea butter, Q10 and hyaluronic acid.
Is it safe? Yes. You will get that great tanned looked using spray tanning, which is much safer than exposing your skin to the sun’s rays. There is of course no risk of sunburn, peeling, sunstroke or sun-related skin diseases. DHA has been FDA approved for use in the personal care industry for over 30 years. The only reported adverse effects have been minor skin irritations on people suffering from allergies. Allergic reactions are extremely rare and if you have experienced allergic reactions to self-tanning or other beauty products, please arrange a skin patch test first.
How long will my sunless tan last? Approximately 5 to 7 days depending on your daily skincare regime and lifestyle. Your tan will fade just like a tan from the sun. As your skin sheds dead cells, your tan will fade, so the key is to moisturise daily using Sienna 'Make it Moist, Make It Last' DHA-rich tan top moisturiser, which will help to extend the life of your tan.
How dark will I get? The darker you tan in the sun, the darker you will get with a spray tan. There are different strengths of DHA and you will be advised which one will best suit your skin tone. Some people like to keep a year-round light golden tan, but if you want a really deep, dark and longer lasting tan, try our 'Double Exposure' treatment. Simply book a second tanning appointment for within 48 hours of your first appointment.
What should I wear after my treatment? Wear loose fitting dark coloured clothing, as some of the bronzer may rub off on to your clothing. Any colour can usually be washed out during a normal wash cycle. Bear in mind that all materials have the potential to stain. Shoes can also cause your feet to perspire, affecting the final results, so it’s best to wear flip-flops. Natural fibres e.g. 100% cotton T-shirts, sweatshirts and baggy clothes are best.