Spray Tanning Tips

Spray Tan Tip #2

Barrier Cream

We have all seen and heard horror stories of a bad spray tan. What many don’t know, is that these horror stories could have been prevented with proper knowledge of  spray tanning and the products used during a spray tan. One of the best products that should always be used during a spray tan session is the application of barrier cream.

The last thing anyone wants is to have discoloration of the skin including dark patches on the body. Exfoliating can help prevent these trouble areas from having dark coloration from the spray tan solution. Sometimes Peoples’ skin can be really dry even after exfoliating. Sometimes these dry patches of skin still need protection to prevent an over absorbance of the spray tan solution. Barrier cream is the preferred method to prevent over absorption of spray tan solution.

Barrier cream is a life saver in the spray tanning industry. It works wonders by preventing the spray tanning solution from being excessively absorbed into the skin. The common places on the body that barrier cream should be applied to the palm of the hands, cuticles, feet, elbows, and knees. These parts of the body tend to absorbed the spray tanning solution drastically more than other parts of the body. When barrier cream is not used properly, the skin can show negative signs of a spray tan. The increased absorbency of the spray tanning solution can appear darker than the rest of the body including orange coloring. 

For best results, the spray tanning technician should always apply the barrier cream for each client. The spray tan technician will know the correct amount based on your skin consultation. You should never have to worry about how much or how little barrier cream should be applied, let the professionals make that decision!

Spray Tanning Solution

Spray tanning solution such as ST. TROPEZ and Norvell allows people to get a great natural looking tan, without the negative affects of outdoor tanning thanks to one key ingredient DHA (dihydroxyacetone).

What is DHA? DHA is a colorless derivative from glycerin and when it comes into contact with skin the amino acids on the skin surface create a reaction that produces a brown color. DHA is non-toxic and does not absorb into the bloodstream once applied to the skin.

Different solutions have various percentage amounts of DHA. The higher amounts of DHA in the spray tanning solution will create a darker looking tan. Most professional spray tanning solutions contain anywhere from 7.5-12% DHA.

I would not recommend using spray tanning solution that is higher than 10% on pale clients. If a client has too high of a percentage solution applied it is very unlikely that they will have a natural looking spray tan, usually ending with orange results.

Spray tanning solution that has a higher DHA percentage should only be applied to people who have a nice base color or olive complexion. These clients will be able to achieve the darkest most natural looking sunless tan. Any spray tanning solution containing a DHA percentage higher than 12% is only recommended for fitness competition spray tanning.

It is always important to inform your spray tan technician of what you want your desired results to be as well as what your natural skin tone is without sunless products. This will ensure that you always get the color you want!