is Spray Tanning? Spray
tanning has gained popularity over the past 10 years as a
safe, quick and remarkably effective alternative method of
tanning the body. The gist is, spraying the skin with a solution
that chemically reacts with the skin to change it's color.
A number of processes have been employed to deliver this product
to the skin, starting with the airbrush. Airbrushes are small
and are designed more for detailed work. Even when technicians
became proficient in this method, the quickest one could expect
to deliver a good result was usually well over ten minutes.
This method eventually began to get some competition from
those walk in booths which when invented were promoted as
providing one privacy and super fast results during the process.
This method while quick and private never seemed to achieve
as good a result as a hands on or "custom" approach.
Also as it turns out, in the US at least, only a small fraction
of those seeking the perfect tan are anywhere near as modest
as those marketers of the spray booth originally speculated.
Finally the turbine or HVLP system entered the spray tanning
industry and ultimately proved to be the best method because
of it's quick even coverage. This system affords the user
flexibility, easy perfect results and speed. With the ability
to cover the body in as little as three minutes while getting
the solution exactly where it is wanted and avoiding the areas
that should not be sprayed; hair, palms fingers, insteps,
toes etc., HVLP tanning is a near perfect system. The guns
used in the HVLP method spray a strong smooth pattern up to
twelve inches wide.
does the actual tanning? The
most effective active ingredient in spray tanning thus far
is dihydroxyacetone. It is a sugar based ingredient, actually
a form of fermented glycerin derived from beet sugar. Erythrulose
a red berry derivative, is another ingredient that is widely
used in self tanners but has failed to produce the same results
and consistency as DHA. Some feel that it has complementary
effect in spray tanning formulas while others feel that it
does the same thing just not as effectively. DHA was discovered
by a medical professional quite by accident when this substance
first came into use as a pharmaceutical. What was discovered
was that when it made contact with the skin, it created brown
spots. The concept caught the attention of Coppertone® sun
lotion manufacturers and the sunless tan was born. It turns
out that the dihydroxyacetone compound or DHA, reacts with
amino acids in the stratum corneum. This is the outer most
layer of the epidermis as opposed to the deeper basal layer
that is affected by the suns rays. This reaction originally
created a more of an orange look but over the years a combination
of improved grade of the active ingredients and now some of
the strides made in formulations by developers of spray tanning
products have resulted in a better range of products. While
there are varying qualities, you now have a much better chance
of finding a quality spray tanning product.
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