Norvell® Sunless Spray Tan
The Norvell® Auto Revolution Sunless booth is a new generation of spray booth unlike any other. Offering 3 different solutions & optional HydroFirm post spray, it is more than just a spray tan, its a healthy skin treatment designed to hydrate, firm & reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions.
The principle tanning agent used in all self-tanning formulas is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This ingredient does not produce a "real tan" by increasing the skin's melanin levels, rather it creates a tanned appearance by developing a brown color on the surface of the skin.
The action of DHA is limited to the upper layer of the skin and involves a reaction between DHA and skin proteins and oxygen that produces brown compounds. This process is similar to what occurs when you slice open an apple and the surface of the apple browns when it's exposed to the oxygen in the air.
The development of color takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and the intensity of color is dependent upon the DHA concentration in the product as well as each tanner's individual skin characteristics. The color developed by the DHA usually lasts 5 to 7 days and begins to fade as the top layer of the skin naturally exfoliates.
24- 48 hours before your session, we recommend using a mild body polish such as Norvell's Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™.
If you forget to exfoliate, we have Norvell® eXmitt® available for purchase that will provide a light exfoliation and can be done right before your session, with no rinsing required. Avoid using bar soaps, high pH shower products, or in shower moisturizers. These products can neutralize the DHA bronzing reaction within the skin. Shaving should be done prior to your session and waxing should be completed at least 24 hours in advance.
For best sunless results the skin should be clean of any barriers like moisturizer, sweat, perfume and makeup. You should use deodorant sparingly.
Hair Caps may be worn to protect blonde or grey hair, but is not necessary for darker hair, as any small amounts that may get in the hair will wash out. You may also use Norvell® Neat Feet™ foot protectors and Norvell® Neat Hands™ hand protectors to shield the bottoms of your feet and the palms of your hands from sunless solution.
The longevity of a sunless tan depends on the type of self tanning application, the skin's natural exfoliation process, and on the skincare regimen followed before and after application.
On average, self tanners last 4-7 days. A professionally application, I.e. a sunless tan received at a salon or spa, will last longer than an at-home application as there is usually a greater percentage of DHA used.
The "life span" of a sunless tan also depends on your skin's natural exfoliation. The faster your skin turns over, the faster the sunless tan will fade. The tan created by the DHA affects only the top layer of the skin and will begin to fade after 4 to 5 days as the skin naturally begins to exfoliate. Following a good skin care regimen before and after sunless tanning will help a sunless tan last longer. Exfoliating prior to a sunless tanning application and keeping skin moisturized afterwards are essential. Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer, like Norvell® Pro-long™ tan extending lotion, help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural-looking color longer.
DHA solutions take about 16-hours to fully develop. Clients will receive the best results if they can avoid bathing until the day after their sunless session. If they must bathe, they should wait a minimum of 6-hours after the application.
If showering prior to the 16-hour post application recommendation, a simple rinse with water only, is best. Soap destroys DHA. Delayed bathing allows the DHA bronzer sufficient time to complete its reaction with the amino acids (proteins) within the skin.
If you are using a spray solution with a cosmetic bronzer, some of the bronze color may rub off on clothing or bed sheets. This is most likely to happen when you get dressed immediately after tanning.
To minimize the chance of the tint transferring to clothing, we recommend that you wear loose-fitting, darker clothes after your spray session. Try to refrain from physical exertion that could result in you sweating until you shower and wash off the cosmetic bronzer.
The cosmetic tint is water-soluble. Therefore, in most cases, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.
Three different types of bronzers are used in Norvell® Sunless Solutions. First, there is the instantly visible cosmetic bronzer. Cosmetic bronzer gives the "just off the beach" look, but will wash away. (For best results, cosmetic bronzers should remain on the skin at least 8 hours). Norvell® clear formulations do NOT contain cosmetic bronzers.
Bronzer type two is DHA. The DHA bronzer initially has no visible effect, but begins to react with the skin in 2-4 hours and eventually replaces the cosmetic bronzer as it washes away with bathing.
Finally, Eyrthulose is used as a slow-reacting bronzer, very similar to DHA. Eyrthulose enhances the clients color and extends the life of the spray tan.
DHA is an acronym for Dihydroxyacetone.
DHA is the active ingredient found in all sunless tanning products. It is a simple carbohydrate that is primarily used as an ingredient in sunless tanning products. It is often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane, and by the fermentation of glycerin. DHA does not make your skin cells darker in pigmentation, but rather reacts with the proteins and amino acids found in the top layer of your skin to create a darkening effect or 'sunless tan'.
Read The DHA Story for more information about the science behind DHA and how it is used in sunless tanning products.
Hydrofirm seals the sunless experience with Norvell's proprietary moisturizing blend. Ultra moisturizing, rehydrating spray with fruit prime extracts, DHA enhancers and skin firming benefits.
Norvell® uses the newest technology in odor inhibitors to encapsulate the odor causing agents commonly associated with DHA products. The fragrance is then blended with DHA in a manor which allows the pleasant fragrance of raspberry and almonds to come through, eliminating the dreaded "sunless smell".
We encourage you to exfoliate before every sunless session. You should use a mild shower gel/exfoliant, such as Amber Sun™ Body Scrub.
You should allow at least 8 hours between body scrub use and the sunless session.
If you have extremely dry skin, or problem areas we recommend using Sea Coral Salt Scrub. If using salt scrub, this must be done 24-48 hours prior to the session, otherwise the oils within the salt scrub will effect the sunless results.
No. The perfectly blended our Norvell® cosmetic bronzer will give you that "just off the beach" look and transition smoothly into their DHA color that will later develop.
All Norvell® solutions are designed to create a custom color shade between the DHA/Erythulose combination and the customers natural skin tone.
The "orange" color, as it is sometime called, is the result of high pH levels within the skin. Extremely light complected customers or those tanning for the first time should be sprayed with Norvell® xLaTan™ pH Balancing prep spray to balance the skin's pH levels prior to their application.
We recommend avoiding these situations for the first 48 hours following your spray tan. Chlorinated pools & spas can increase the rate in which the skin exfoliates causing the tan to wear and fade.
Norvell® Sunless Spray Solutions are non-toxic, and utilize only Eco-Cert® DHA which has been vigorously tested and certified organic by the Group Eco-Cert®.Each Norvell® solution is:
With all of the above being said, BramaSolé does NOT staff licensed physicians. Therefore as you would before using ANY product on an expectant mother, we recommend each customer consult with their personal physician before receiving a DHA sunless spray tan application.
If you are concerned with a possible allergic or skin reaction to the solution we recommend you first patch test a small area of the skin prior to a full body session.
Any Norvell® Salon will be happy to arrange a pre-session patch test before scheduling a full body session.