With more people opting to protect their skin and choosing faux glow over a suntan, it often surprises us how little is known about how a spray tan actually works!

In this week’s blog, we’ll explain the mechanics of how a spray tan develops and tans your skin.

What’s in the gun?

A spray tan is a treatment where a fine mist is sprayed all over your body, through a spray gun. Inside this spray gun is a solution filled with water, bronzers, beautiful essential oils such as Argan Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil and Rosehip Oil and lastly, the all-important DHA.

What is DHA?

DHA (or dihydroxyacetone if you want to get technical!) is the magical ingredient that tans your skin! It’s a colourless sugar that darkens your skin by staining it. The reason we can get varying levels of tan is that each of the spray tan formulas we stock have different percentages of DHA inside - the higher the percentage of DHA, the more tanned you’ll be.

Because your skin is constantly shedding, DHA can’t permanently stain your skin. The DHA only stains the upper layers of your skin and as these shed, so too does your tan.

Help, it’s washing off!

So, you’ve marinated in your spray tan long enough and it’s time to jump in the shower and wash it off. Don’t panic when you see the tan slide down the drain, that’s just the bronzers!

The reason there are bronzers in the solution has nothing to do with tanning at all, they are in there so the spray tan therapist can see where the tan has been applied. That’s it! It has no added benefit to helping your skin tan.

Ah, I’m still pale…

Post-shower, you may feel like you aren’t as dark as desired. This is because the bronzers have now been washed off (don’t forget they don’t actually do anything) and the DHA which has been absorbed into your skin is now working to develop and darken your skin. This can take anywhere between 12 – 24 hours, so give the DHA some time to work its magic!

If you are due for your next spray tan you can find your nearest salon or book online.

This blog was contributed by the experts at Brazilian Butterfly Williamstown. To book phone (03) 9397 0222 or book online.