Spray Tanning for Estheticians – NASNPRO

As Featured in NASNPRO – July 2019 Issue

UV-free tanning is a smart add-on service for estheticians who want to protect their hard work to remediate sun damaged skin.

There’s something about that glow

People seek the look of a tanned “glow” and the perception that a little sun is healthy. As our ozone layer thins and UV exposure becomes more intense, however, the sun can quickly damage the skin you and your clients have worked hard to correct. A very lucrative (if set up and performed correctly) auxiliary service for esthetics, professionally applied tanning solutions can give the look of a nice tan without the inherent dangers of skin cell damage and the risks of hyper- or hypo-pigmentation.

What is spray tanning?

Tanning solutions are all based on DHA – dihydroxyacetone as the active ingredient, a plant-based, colorless chemical derived from glycerin, that interacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to produce a brown color change. This is a chemical event in the stratum corneum – the skin’s melanin is not involved in the “browning” effect. You might compare it somewhat to a sliced apple being exposed to the air.  Once the DHA is applied, it takes a few hours to fully develop the final color that will be achieved.  Since DHA itself is colorless, often “bronzers” or marker ingredients are added so the spray tan artist can visualize an even application. This is a case of “more is more”, so even application is the key to successful spray tanning.

How does a spray tanning service work?

The service is set up for the client to come in with clean, lightly exfoliated skin—spraying DHA on cells that will be shed in a few hours is futile. The client dons a bathing suit or single-use garments. The product is sprayed lightly all over the exposed skin using a compressed-air machine – very similar to air brush compressors used for spray-on makeup, but with bigger wells to hold more product. The technician systematically coats the skin with one or two light layers of the DHA solution, then allows the client to “air dry” for a moment. They should then put on loose clothing – a dark color is recommended so the bronzer/marker will not stain their clothing.

Is spray tanning safe?

The FDA has approved DHA for external application to the skin; however, DHA shouldn’t be inhaled or applied to areas covered by mucous membranes, including the lips, nose or areas around the eyes because the risks of doing so are unknown. Clients should be given shields for their eyes or instructed to keep them and their mouths closed and verbal cues are given as to when to breathe.

How do I learn spray tanning?

There are many educational programs available to teach the art and science of spray tanning—certainly every product will have their own training. Spray tan expert Nicole Ray, owner/operator of Spraytanica, Louisville, KY has developed her own “Spraytanica Spray Tan Method”. One of he r elite VIP clients mentioned that she admired Nicole’s consistency—she does the exact same thing every spray session. “My client inspired me to really analyze the how and why of my protocols. They obviously work since I have such a fully booked schedule, so I wanted to share my success with others. This lead to my Spraytanica Professional Spray Tan Certification Course, hosted on the educational platform at www.salon-gurus.com.

Salon Gurus Co-Founder Janet McCormick states “not only does Nicole’s course include  technique education, she has built a thorough training program for setting up a successful business model for spray tanning. This is a superior career-development training.  We’re very happy she chose to host her dynamic course with us!”

If you need a career boost, check out the wide variety of training programs at Salon-Gurus.com; or if you are a Guru, yourself, and have wisdom to share, contact us at [email protected]

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