You have the white dress, you have the white veil, you have the white shoes, but do you want the white skin? This is a question that brides ask themselves when standing in front of the mirror. With the devastating results of regular tanning or tanning bed tanning in the news, sunless tanning has become more popular. But what is sunless tanning? The perception is that you will come out looking more like an orange than a bronzed beauty. We asked Amie Burkholder with BronzedBerry to give us some insight into sunless tanning.
“The active ingredient in most sunless tanners is DHA, dihydroxyacetone. DHA has been used cosmetically since the 60’s and has come along way over the years. The latest, and most natural looking, use of this ingredient in sunless tanning is spray tanning. The sunless tanning industry is something that is gaining popularity because of all the information now on the devastating results of over exposure to UV rays, whether that is from the sun naturally or artificially with tanning beds. Spray tanning can be done a multitude of ways, in a booth, by a person using either a HVLP or LVHP air guns and even aerosol cans. Aerosol tan in a can products can be highly effective for touch ups, extending a tan and covering small areas like your face or legs…everyone hates to wear a skirt with ghostly legs so this option is terrific for a warm evening when you need a touch of color. Booth tanning, most recognizable brand name is Mystic. These booths contain sunless tanning solution that is dispensed by a machine that the individual stands in. The booth has a floor, walls and ceiling, customers are enclosed in the booth then the solution is dispensed. Custom spray tanning is performed by a individual with a spray tanning gun,most common are HVLP (high volume low pressure) and LVHP (low volume high pressure). There are many opinions on which gun provides the best coverage for clients. I use the HVLP, because there is less overspray, you can control where the solution lands and clients are breathing in less spray. Those in favor of LVHP claim that they can give a more even tan because it’s easier to control. My opinion is that the technician should be using equipment based on what will benefit the clients, not what is easiest for them. A true professional should have no problem handling HVLP equipment.”
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