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How to Spray Tan Your Body | Airbrush Makeup

9 February 2014


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Nicola Scott‘s insight:

This is a great tutorial, if you are just looking at using your Dinair airbrush to tan the face & decollete area.

It might not be quite so relevant for those people who use HVLP airbrushes & looking for a tutorial on tanning a whole body.

Remember airbrush tanning is great as a base to apply other makeup on to.

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Suprising twist to spray tan party advert

24 January 2014

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Suprising twist to spray tan party advert

You have to watch this ad for spray tan parties.

We love spray tan parties, we love spray tan and most of all we love this ad.

For even more Executive spray tan party action, go look at the website.

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Spray Tan Solution Dangers. Is the ingredient DHA safe to use in tanning?

16 July 2013


Spray Tan Solution Dangers. Is the ingredient DHA safe to use in tanning?

Spray tan has for many years been seen as a safe & easy alternative to using a UV sunbed. Recently reports have been circulating that cast doubt on these safety claims.
In this article I hope to shed light on the claims that some of the ingredients in spray tanners shouldn’t be inhaled.
There is an interesting article on Yahoo that covers some of the questions & concerns spray tanners may have.


“I have concerns,” said Dr. Rey Panettieri, a toxicologist and lung specialist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. “The reason I’m concerned is the deposition of the tanning agents into the lungs could really facilitate or aid systemic absorption — that is, getting into the bloodstream. These compounds in some cells could actually promote the development of cancers or malignancies,” he said, “and if that’s the case then we need to be wary of them.”


The active ingredient in a fake tan is dihydroxyacetone. This substance, which comes from a vegetable source, reacts with the amino acids in the skin, causing the skin to turn brown. The reaction takes around 4 hours “development time” and happens only in the very top layer of the skin, which is why over the following few days, the tan begins to fade, as the epidermal skin is shed.

Although DHA has been approved by the FDA it was only meant to be used in tanning creams & not as a spray, which subsequently can then be breathed in.

“DHA should not be inhaled or ingested” today. It tells consumers on its website, “The use of DHA in ‘tanning’ booths as an all-over spray has not been approved by the FDA, since safety data to support this use has not been submitted to the agency for review and evaluation.” The agency advises consumers who spray tan they are “not protected from the unapproved use of this color additive” if they are inhaling the mist or allowing it to get inside their body. The agency recommends, “Consumers should request measures to protect their eyes and mucous membranes and prevent inhalation.”

I talked to Richard Brown who is managing director of Siennasol Ltd ( Siennasol  manufacture spray tanning solutions for salons & therapists.

“We work hard to make Siennasol as pure & natural as possible. Our solution doesn’t contain any perfume, parabens or alcohol & all our DHA is ECOcert, which means it is naturally derived from sugar beat & is perfectly safe to use.” said Richard.

“We do recommend therapists & their clients use a face mask during application & when spraying over the face, the client should hold their breath.”
“I’ve looked at all the data available & feel that spray tans are generally very safe to use, personally I feel that the bigger risk which rarely gets mentioned is that of the inclusion of Parabens not only in Spray tan but in so many cosmetics products we use every day”
We then began taiking about the risks associated with long term exposure to Parabens, I’ll save that for a later post.
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I think right now you should look at using spray tan solutions that are as pure as possible & look at using ventilation & face masks.

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What is DHA in Spray Tan?

19 June 2013

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What is DHA in Spray Tan?

In short DHA is the chemical in self tanners which makes you go dark.
Dihydroxyacetone is primarily derived from sugar cane & is a white powder with a very distinctive almost sickly sweet smell. It was initially used as an oral medicine (in the 1950’s), where it was found that it would dye the skin when spilt.

Generally speaking the higher the percentage of DHA the darker the tan (should) go.

Until recently the tan with the highest DHA content was Siennasol Extreme (which is 16% DHA), but recently several manufacturers have upped the DHA to as high as 20%, but this isn’t the whole story. Skin can only go so dark with DHA alone so we begin to get diminishing returns. The difference between a 10% & a 14% is significant, however going from a 16% to a 20% is not that noticeable. Skin can begin to become sensitive to higher percentages of DHA & although the FDA have passed DHA as being safe for external use, some manufactures are resistant to pushing the DHA levels much beyond 16%.


Perhaps a safer & more sensible way to increase the depth of a spray tan is to include Erythrulose in the tan. Erythrulose is very similar to DHA, but takes a little longer to develop & actually makes the tan last longer. The picture on the left shows how after being left for a few day, the tan containing the Erythrulose lasts longer.

As a spray tanning ingredient it is very expensive so some manufacturers won’t include it in their spray tan even though it invariably produces better results.

What has been happening recently in spray tanning is a constant push to increase the DHA content of spray tan, pushing it ever higher. This is lead by a demand by consumers for an ever darker tan.

Unfortunately Throwing more DHA, into a mix will not necessarily make it darker, it will however increase the chances of getting a reaction. Although DHA has been tested & deemed safe it has not been tested at such high levels.

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The best spray tan you have never tried

1 June 2013


The best spray tan you have never tried

clear spray tan

spray tan doesn’t have to be tinted

I am really going to go against the flow here & tell you about a little known spray tan available that sprays better than any other tan, doesn’t stain cloths, leaves no residue on skirting boards & won’t stain wallpaper. It is little known and very rarely used, less than 1% of UK spray tanners use it,yet it is possibly the best spray tan you have never used.

Clear spray tan, looks like water and is wonderful to use. The benefits of clear spray tan are:
  1. Without instant bronzers the tan will only turn dark when it comes into contact with skin, apart from a few natural materials (such as silk) a clear tan will not stain, cloths, carpets, underwear, rooms etc.
  2. Sprays on smoother, airbrushes seem to love clear tan, they spray smoother, finer & don’t clog up as easily
  3. The tan is less sticky, in fact the tan is substantially less sticky, perfect for sleeping in
  4. Dries quicker than any tan with instant bronzers. Even in higher %’s of DHA it will still dry twice as fast as conventional tinted spray tans
  5. Kinder to skin. No instant bronzer means substantially less ingeredients
  6. N need for Parabens. Parabens are the artificial sweetener of the spray tanning world. The first thing to go off in a tan is the instant bronzer.
  7. Lasts 5 times longer. DHA can last for a very long time without going off however instant bronzers if not kept correctly can turn after just 3 months,you never open a tan & find it has turned green again.
  8. No more green or orange looking tans. Just as foundation makeup needs to be colour matched to your skin, so does instant bronzer, a tan that may look perfect on one person may look orange on another.
  9. Magic moments all day. There is something truely magical about catching yourself in a mirror as the day goes on & seeing yourself get steadily darker.
  10. No more tan down the plughole. An instant bronzer will make the base tan look darker initially, but as soon as you step in a shower the water turns brown & the depth of colour just runs away. Many clients think the tan has totaly washed off, even though they have a perfect tan it is just the instant change in colour that makes them beleive they are lighter than they are.

So why do the vast majority of spray tan technicians not use clear. Ussually it is down to 1 single factor.

Some spray tan technicians are (sometimes rightly) not confident in their routine. They think without the instant bronzer they will miss areas. Even with no instant bronzer you can still easily see where you have been. Try it for yourself. Next time you are performing a spray tan just try it with water. Think of it as a real spray tan, see how easy it is to see the shimmer of wet skin, feel how easy the & freely the airbrush seems to move over the body.
The other confidence issue with some spray tanners is they are worried their clients will need to walk out the salon looking tanned, whilst this is true if say the client was heading straight out, but if they don’t need a tan in the next couple of hours this will be far outweighed by the “Magic Moments” they will get every time they look in the showe. Most of the resistance to using a clear tan comes from what the technician perceives feels the client may think, rather than what they actualy think.
That said, a clear tan is not for everyone, if you are just starting out & are not 100% confident with your spray tanning, then stick to tinted, however if you have been tanning for years what have you got to loose? You don’t need to change overnight just try it on a few clients. Beleive me once the client is hooked they will never go anywhere else (as knone else does it).
Unless you have tried a 12% DHA clear tan, free from Parabens (to preserve the instant bronzers) & alcohol (to make the bronzers dry) then you really can’t say to any client that what you use is the best tan available.
Clear spray tan is the best tan you have never tried.

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Fifteen shades of the nation’s fake tans revealed, and OXFORD girls beat Liverpudlians to top the tango chart | Mail Online

7 August 2012


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Fake tan is more popular than ever nowadays with reality TV shows like The Only Way Is Essex and Desperate Scousewives helping to boost sales, but which shade to British women favour?

According to a new study, no-one does self-tanning quite like Oxford, with women of the city opting for a darker shade than anywhere else in Britain.

The deep bronze colour has been dubbed ‘Oxford Olive’, with 72% of Oxford women admitting that they’ve opted for darker tans than usual due to the uninspiring summer weather.

15 Shades of Tan15 Shades of Tan

Meanwhile women from London also like their fake tan particularly dark, London Gold’)and were just behind Oxford in the poll of 2,000 women.

Perhaps surprisingly, Manchester and Liverpool featured relatively low on the list, taking the sixth and seventh spot.

However the women of Essex lived up to their infamous reputation for self tanning, with Brentwood taking the fourth spot.

Katie Price
Lauren Goodger

Fake tan advocates: Reality TV stars like Katie Price and Lauren Goodger are all fans of the bronzed look

The results come from a poll by , who showed women across Britain 15 different shades of tan and asked them which colours they are aiming to match when self-tanning.

‘This summer has been so miserable and a bit of fake tan is the perfect solution to cure your Summer blues – go for it girls!’ says Sarah Lomax, Seasonal Head of Buying at

Sales of tanning products were worth around £100million a year in Britain in 2010. One in ten British men and four in ten women say they use them.

Here are the results from’s survey, revealing the various shades favoured by a nation of fake tanners:

1. Oxford (‘Oxford Olive’)
2. London (‘London Gold’)
3. Cardiff (‘Cardiff Clementine’)
4. Brentwood (‘Only way is Orange’)
5. Leeds (‘Luminous Leeds’)
6. Newcastle (‘Newcy Brown’)
7. Manchester (‘Tancunian’)
8. Liverpool (‘Shimmerpool’)
9. Norwich (‘Nor-wich Blend’)
10. Sheffield (‘Sheffield Sol’)
11. Bristol (‘Bristol Berry’)
12. Birmingham (‘Bir-onze’)
13. Brighton (Brigh-tan’)
14. Edinburgh (‘Tar-tan’)
15. Glasgow (‘Glas-glow’)

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