Before you can master the art of spray tanning, you have to truly understand the science and process of a spray tan. How does DHA work with the skin to create a sunless tan, and how do we as artists use DHA to achieve the desired appearance of our spray tans?

Meet DHA.

Also known as dihydroxyacetone, DHA is a sunless tanning agent that creates a natural looking tan without having to be exposed to the harmful UV rays of the Sun. DHA is a simple carbohydrate, which is often derived from plant sources such as sugar cane. It causes a non-toxic chemical reaction with the amino acid groups, which are part of the keratin proteins present in the outer most layers of the skin.

Okay, so, now we know what DHA is but how do we utilize it in our spray tans? 

When it comes to controlling the appearance of your spray tan, one key factor is the % of DHA in the sunless solution you’re using. The overall depth and intensity of the tan achieved will also depend on the clients own natural melanin content and thickness of the skin. Where the skin is thinner: elbows, knees, ankles and face for example, the reaction and tan is more intense! Most sunless tanning solutions range from 5-15% DHA.

If you’re looking for a reliable sunless tanning solution that will achieve a gorgeous glow every time, look no further. Obsidian Dark Spray Tanning Solution has more DHA in it than for instance it’s sister product, Obsidian Light/Medium Spray Tanning Solution which means it will create a very deliciously dark spray tan, while the light/medium solution is better for use on fair skin tones to achieve a glowing base tan. 

When you make friends with DHA, it helps you as the artist create the best spray tan experience for your clients. Before your next spray tan appointment, consider if the sunless tanning product you’re using has the right DHA % for your client’s skin type and desired outcome. 

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