Sunless Solution Ingredients: DHA Explained
While going through your journey as a sunless artist, you have to remember that knowledge is power! This means knowing and understanding how the ingredients in the sunless solutions you use in your business will interact with your client’s skin. One of the key ingredients in our sunless tanning products that is used to turn a client into a bronze goddess is Dihydroxyacetone. As a sunless artist who’s growing their empire, it’s important for you to know about this very special ingredient because it’s the backbone of the service that you offer! Being able to explain the science behind your sunless service not only helps to make your clients feel more comfortable with the entire process of getting a spray tan, but it also helps to build up your role as the expert in your field and the confidence your clients have in YOU as the service provider. Like we said earlier, knowledge is power. When you share knowledge with your clients, they’re able to form the opinion that you’re an educated artist who’s going to give them the best experience possible!
Now that you know what Dihydroxyacetone is, you may be wondering how it actually works. Well, let’s dive into that! Dihydroxyacetone, known as DHA, is an effective sun-free tanning additive that creates a natural looking tan-like appearance. This is where the science of sunless comes into the equation when providing a spray tanning service. DHA is a 3-carbon sugar that interacts with the amino acids on the outermost layer of the skin. The chemical reaction that takes place is what causes a darkening effect on the skin, forming that sun-kissed appearance we all crave! What an awesome process, right!? This reaction between your skin and DHA is the foundation for safe, healthy tanning. One of the reasons it’s crucial for you to understand the process that DHA goes through when interacting with the skin, is so you can customize the tanning experience for each of your clients during their appointment.
If you’re new to the sunless tanning world, correlating the DHA percentage with a client’s skin tone may be a little confusing. When shopping for sunless tanning solution, you’ll notice that each of the solutions are categorized by varying levels of DHA which is shown as the DHA percent. These percentages typically range from a 6% DHA, which creates a light tan, to a 12% for a darker bronze. These percentages are what you will base the customization of each spray tan on. During an appointment you will take into account the percentage of DHA and the client’s natural skin tone when determining the perfect depth of color. If the percentage of DHA is too high for a client that has a fair skin tone, Skin Type 1 for example, you are taking the risk of the tan pulling orange once it has fully developed. As we know, giving a client an “orange” tan is the number one outcome we DO NOT want to happen!
Spray tan appointments are a satisfying experience for a lot of reasons. One of the reasons is because of the instant gratification our clients feel when they look in the mirror and see that fresh bronze and crisp tan line. That feeling is like nothing else in the world! However, educating your client’s on the entire tanning process also allows them to understand that the instant color they see from their spray tan is only a color guard to help you, as the artist, see where you’re spraying. DHA itself is actually clear, which is why it takes a full 24 hours for the final color of the tan to develop. The information is crucial for the client to get the best results possible when keeping in mind their post tan instructions!
Our X-TAN sunless professionals love our tanning products and solutions because we promote the education behind sunless science, especially when it comes to using high quality items in their businesses. All of the ingredients we use to formulate our spray tan solutions are chosen with creating a premium sunless experience in mind. Below are a few fun facts behind the DHA included in X-TAN’s luxury tanning solutions:
- It is made from a 100% natural cosmetic ingredient
- It is based on renewable plant sources
- It is recommended for self-tanning creams, lotions sprays, sunscreen and after-sun care products
It’s extremely important to us that all of our tanning products are providing optimal tanning results and are made with top tier ingredients that benefit the health of the skin. Through the use of natural and organic ingredients, we’ve been able to create luxury sunless solutions and other sunless tanning products that are free of harsh chemicals, that hydrate the skin and create a long lasting natural looking sunless glow.
If you are ready to step up your game and slay your client’s tans to a whole ‘nother level, girl we have just what you are looking for! Make sure to visit our PRO Shop on the X-TAN website for all of our solution options and wholesale items.