Your skin tans by stimulating the production of melanin (pigmentation) in your skin which leads to a base tan. It is recommended that you tan 3-5 times within an 8 day period to develop a base tan. In order to maintain color, we recommend 1-2 visits a week and don’t forget to use a Tan Extender! These products are essential in helping preserve, protect and prolong the life of your tan!
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Sun tanning uses two different UV rays – UVA and UVB. UVB is used to help stimulate melanin production for a base tan while UVA oxidizes your melanin for deeper, darker, longer lasting color. For best results, always rotate to a bed with higher UVA output every 3 sessions.
Yes! Tanning lotion is a skin care product. Remember, our skin is the largest organ in our body and it is so important we take care of it properly. Not only do tanning skin care products add vitamins, nutrients and moisture for overall better color, but these products will actually increase your tanning potential 60-70%! Why tan more often when you can get better color, faster with the use of the right skin care products!
Although you may feel and look like you have a real tan, a sunless tan is only the temporary appearance of a tan and therefore provides your skin with no real sunburn protection. It is still recommended to wear sunscreen when outdoors to protect your skin from overexposure.
Barrier Cream is applied as a protective barrier to prevent unwanted color on the skin’s porous areas such as hands, feet, elbows, knees, nails and cuticles. Dispense a generous amount of Barrier Cream onto your hands and apply an even coating to the palms of the hands, in-between the fingers, tips of fingers, covering nails and around the cuticles. Also apply a generous layer of Barrier Cream to the bottom of feet, in-between the toes, covering toenails and cuticles and to the bending, rougher portions of elbows and knees.
It is best to wait about 6 hours after your Sunless session before partaking in any strenuous activities that may cause perspiration. This will give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins as well as prevent streaking that could result from excessive perspiration.
Yes, in fact, we recommend it! This is called a tanning cocktail and who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Since Sunless tanning is UV-Free, we recommend tanning prior to your automated airbrush session to help open pores for deeper, darker, longer lasting results from your airbrush tan!
It is best to wait at least 6 hours after the sunless tan application before you shower to give the DHA time to fully react with skin proteins.
Arrive showered, shaven, free of make-up, perfume, oil, body sprays, deodorant and moisturizer for optimal results. Some also prefer to exfoliate prior to their sunless session so solution has fresh, less-flaky skin during application. Bring loose, dark fitting clothing for after your session. You will be flaunting a gorgeous tan in just sixty seconds plus dry time for the application. About a total of 10 to 15 minutes with prep and post preparation.
The frequency of Sunless tanning application depends on your skin cell turn over and preference of color intensity. People with quick cell turn-overs may want to do a Sunless session every 3-4 days to keep color fresh, while others may need to apply only once every 7-10 days.
The longevity of a Sunless tan depends on the skin’s natural exfoliation process, and on the skin regimen followed before and after application. On average, a sunless tan will last 4-7 days. The “life span” of a Sunless tan also depends on your skin’s natural exfoliation. The faster your skin regenerates, the faster the sunless tan will fade. The tan created by the DHA and Erythrulose 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. Remember to moisturize for the longest lasting color!
You should use a moisturizer regularly to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, which will contribute to a more even, natural looking sunless tan. However, it is recommended NOT to apply moisturizers 2 hours prior to sunless tanning and 4 to 6 hours after.
It is important to keep skin moisturized after your Sunless session as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and color will fade sooner. Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer helps hydrate skin and maintain even, natural looking color longer by providing subtle bronzers.
Some of the bronze “cosmetic tint” 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 bronzers transferring to clothing, we recommend that you towel dry after your session and wear loose-fitting, darker clothes after your Sunless session. The Cosmetic tint is water-soluble. Therefore, in most cases, the color will come out of clothing in the wash.
It can be a combination of the type of self tanner used and the level of DHA (the active self tanning ingredient). Self Tanners have come a long way since their introduction. Another common reason we see this type of orange color is from pH imbalance in the skin. We always recommend using body washes and soaps that are sulfate and alcohol free. This will not only help keep your pH level balanced, but aid in longer lasting color too! At California Sun, we also offer a pH prep spray before your airbrush tan to balance the protein level in your skin for the most natural looking results!
Red Light Therapy and Infrared Therapy are UV free services.
Red Light Therapy accelerates the production of collagen and elastin proteins. This gentle, yet extremely effective treatment, is very beneficial as an anti-aging and skin rejuvenation tool when used with Red Light products. Learn more about it on our Red Light Therapy page.
This is no average massage! You may have tried a traditional massage chair before, but at California Sun, our services are anything but average! Let us indulge you in 10 minutes of bliss that will only leave you wanting more! Massage also helps improve tanning results by stimulating blood circulation, which helps the skin receive healthy nutrients and moisture. Learn more about it on our Spa Services page.
Our Infrared Therapy treatment offers a myriad of physical and psychological benefits through heat, massage, and light therapy. Athletes use it to soothe sore muscles or to aid in muscle recovery. Fitness guests enjoy performing isometric exercises while relaxing in the massaging warmth. Other Guests simply enjoy the tranquil warm, massage while holistic cleansing leads to the reduction of impurities in the body, helps break up body fat, increases metabolism, and aids in achieving permanent weight loss. Learn more about it on our Infrared Therapy page.
We only carry name brand bronzers and lotions that offer the most benefits to beautify and enhance our guests’ skin and their tan. A product has to live up to our high standards before we stock it.