Dihydroxyacetone (or DHA for short) is the tanning ingredient in all self-tanning formulas. DHA creates a tanned appearance by developing a brown color on the surface of the skin thus creating a tanned appearance. DHA is a colorless 3-carbon sugar that when applied to the skin causes a reaction with amino acids in the surface cells of the skin producing a darkening effect. DHA does not damage skin as it only affects the outermost cells of the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. The development of color takes anywhere from 6 to 8 hours, times vary depending on solution used and the intensity of color is dependent upon the DHA concentration in the product as well as each person’s skin type. The tan typically lasts 5 to 7 days and begins to fade as the top layer of skin cells naturally sheds.


Before your spray tan

The preparation that is given to the spray tanning process is an essential factor in the outcome of the tan. It is important to follow the pre-tan instructions the day of the tan and the post tan care instructions to fully acquire the maximum results for the best quality and long lasting tan you desire.

Ask us about our pre-tan exfoliants that are designed for Sunless tanning.

Post Tan Care


A hydrating daily moisturizer which gives added life and vibrancy to any tan.  Tan Extend lotion contains a hint of tanning ingredients (DHA) that will help build and keep your just off the beach tan.

  • 100% Vegan (Approved by the Peta foundation)
  • Made from only naturally derived ingredients
  • Paraben free 


The “sunless” color gradually fades as the dead skin cells flake off, typically within a 5-7 day period depending on the individual and the proper skin maintenance. Prolonged water submersion, swimming in pools, or heavy sweating can lighten the tan by accelerating the shedding process.

We do suggest using sunless products to prolong your spray tan results. Retail products available.


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