Unveiling Spray Tanning FAQs

Are you considering a spray tan but unsure about the process? Look no further! Organic Tan Face and Body Day Spa in Greenville, SC, has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand everything you need to know about spray tanning.

What makes Organic Tan's product organic & what are the ingredients?

The product Organic Tan purchases is Eco-Certified DHA.

What solution does Organic Tan use?

We proudly use Norvell:

According to Norvell® , their Sunless Spray Solutions are non-toxic, and utilize only the best DHA which has been vigorously tested before entering any Norvell formulation.

Each Norvell® solution is:

  • Paraben Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Nut-Allergen Free
  • Propylene Glycol Free
  • Phthalates Free
  • Synthetic Fragrance Free
What is DHA & what does it do?

DHA {Dihydroxyacetone}is an ingredient derived from sugar cane and beets, which reacts with the amino acids in the protein on the outer layer of the skin. (the stratum corneum layer of the epidermis) to create the darkening reaction or temporary browning effect of sunless tans. Basically, the DHA is reacting with dead ceels in the skin’s surface to temporarily darken the skin and “simulate” a tan.

Ingredients for Norvell Signature Sunless Medium to Dark

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice in Deionized and Purified Water (Aqua), Dihydroxyacetone (EcoCert DHA), Alcohol Denat( Controls Viscosity), Ethoxydiglycol, Propanediol, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Ordenone (Parfum), Glycerin, Polysorbate-20, L-Ascorbic Acid (Vit C),Tocopherol (Vitamin E), , Caffeine, Xanthan Gum. Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol{Derived from coconut. It is used as moisturizing or wetting agent and for biological stabilization in cosmetics} , Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol], Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, FD&C Red No. 40 (CI 16035), D&C Red No. 33 (CI 17200), FD&C Blue No.1 (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No.5 (CI 19140).

Norvell Accelerated Ingredients

Aqua (Water/Eau), Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Caramel, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer(viscocity agent), Hydrolyzed Beta-Glucan(skin conditioning agent), Hydrolyzed Cornstarch, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Copper, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Propanediol(solvent), Glycerin, Lycopersicum Esculentum (Tomato) Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Extract, L-Ascorbic Acid, Ordenone (Parfum), Caffeine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, FD&C Blue No. 1/CI 42090, FD&C Red 40/CI 16035, FD&C Yellow 6/CI 15985, D&C Green No. 5/CI 61570, Fragrance (Parfum)

Venetian Signature Ingredients

Aqua (Water/Eau), Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Aloe Barbandensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Alcohol Denat., Ethoxydiglycol, Propanediol, Caramel, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Polysorbate-20, L-Ascorbic Acid (Vit C), Tocopherol (Vit E), Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Ordenone (Parfum), Caffeine, [Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol], Xanthan Gum, FD&C Red No. 40/CI 16035, D&C Red No. 33/CI 17200, FD&C Yellow No. 5/CI 19140, FD&C Blue No. 1/CI 42090, FD&C Yellow No. 6/CI 15985, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum).

Venetian Accelerated Ingredients

Aqua (Water/Eau), Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Aloe Barbandensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, SD Alcohol 40-2, Erythrulose, Caramel (Cosmetic Bronzer), PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Beta-Glucan, Hydrolyzed Cornstarch, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Copper, Glycerin, [Retinol Palmitate (Vit A), L-Ascorbic Acid (Vit C), Tocopherol (Vit E), Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract], Vaccinium Macrocarpan (Cranberry) Extract, Melanin, Ordenone (Parfum), Caffeine, [Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol], Citric Acid, FD&C Red No. 40 (CI 16035), D&C Red No. 33 (CI 17200), FD&C Blue No.1 (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No. 5/CI 19140, Natural Essential Oils as Fragrance (Parfum).

Sjolie Ingredients (Light to Medium color)

Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe), Dihydroxyacetone (EcoCert DHA), Ethoxydiglycol (a solubilizer that keeps products well mixed-also knows as a Viscosity decreasing agent) , Cetearyl Alcohol (a fatty, conditioning alcohol that is moisturizing), Cetearyl Isononanoate(skin conditioning), Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin,(humectant-a substance that reduces moisture) Ceteareth-12, Cetyl Palmitate (functions as skin conditioners), Caramel, Walnut Extract, Polysorbate 20 (used to solubilize oils into water based products), Tocopherol Actetate(Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate(Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C)

Experience the perfect tan at Organic Tan Face and Body Day Spa in Greenville, SC.
How long does a spray tan last?

Typically, a spray tan can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days, depending on factors such as skincare routine, exfoliation, and maintenance. Our technicians can provide tips to extend the longevity of your tan. You can also visit the Spray Tan Prep & Aftercare page for more details.

My tan wore off within a 1-2 days OR it was streaky, White or Blotchy. What happened?

This may occur for several reasons BUT FIRST:

Note we offer 24 hour complimentary airbrush retouches. Spray tans that do not activate completely can occur. We want your tan to be awesome! Come back in and we will retouch it and get your glo back on!

Also, it is very easy to assume your Technician did this-however, they are trained professionals and not capable of making the solution “blotchy” or “splotchy“. This is a reaction with the solution and your skin.

We use a DOUBLE spray technique-that means we go over each area twice, so areas that you assume are “missed” or actually not. It simply did not develop properly. Now let’s get to the reason WHY that happened:

  1. The pH balance of your natural skin may have been too acidic or alkaline before tanning, not allowing the DHA to properly react with your skin {see below info. for testing your skin’s pH balance levels & products you use}. We do offer a pH balance spray before your session, but this can sometimes still occur.
  2. Your skin may have been too dry before your session or due to not exfoliating properly. Please exfoliate gently with exfoliating gloves before your session {too harshly will take too many dead skin cells off & prevent the DHA from reacting properly}. Any oil-based exfoliants can interfere with the tanning process if used 24-48 hours within your tanning session. We highly recommend using our exfoliating gloves, which you may purchase in the spa.
  3. Your cleanser & lotions are either not pH balanced or contain mineral oil {see below info. for testing your skin’s pH balance levels & products you use}. Organic Tan offers Norvell cleansing products and Hempz lotion for sale to assist with the aftercare of your tan. Any cleansing products or lotions that contain mineral oil should be avoided as they naturally strip the tan prematurely.
I received the Accelerated tan & I am not as dark as I anticipated. What happened?

This may occur for several reasons:

  1. You rinsed off with too hot of water. Please rinse off with MILD/warm water only, as also listed on your aftercare instructions.
  2. You used soap to rinse off your tan. This will interfere with the developer and significantly reduce the level of tan. Only use WATER to initially rinse off the bronzer.
  3. The tan has not fully developed. Please ONLY contact us if your tan has had a FULL 12 hours to develop after rinsing.
  4. The pH balance of your natural skin may have been too acidic or alkaline before tanning, not allowing the DHA to properly react with your skin {see below info. for testing your skin’s pH balance levels & products you use}. We do offer a pH balance spray before your session, but this can sometimes still occur.
  5. Your skin may have been too dry before your session or due to not exfoliating properly. Please exfoliate gently with exfoliating gloves before your session{too harshly will take too many dead skin cells off & prevent the DHA from reacting properly}. Any oil-based exfoliants can interfere with the tanning process if used 24-48 hours within your tanning session.
  6. You had a lotion on your skin & prevented a barrier for the DHA to absorb.
  7. Your skin needs longer for the DHA to develop. You will know this after the first time you are sprayed-we recommend 1 hour for a light glow or 3 hours for a darker glow with our Accelerated solutions. If certain areas are darker than others, you may have had your water too hot or your skin’s pH balance was off that day (ex. you have come from the gym, etc.) If you still feel lighter, next time keep the solution on for 30 minutes longer in increments until we find the perfect developer time for you!

Please note: Airbrush tans: Due to the nature and science of airbrush tans reacting with your natural pH balance and skin factors, and we have no control over the outcome. We offer one complimentary touch-up within 24 hours. If a guest has issues with more than two airbrush tans, we recommend trying another solution from another brand. If the tan is not getting dark on multiple visits, the DHA in our solution is not strong enough to reach your desired look and we recommend finding one that does. 

I am peeling from a sunburn. Should I get sprayed?

No. Do not get sprayed on those areas that are peeling. We have no way of knowing if you are peeling if not visible to the eye. This is up to the client to inform the technician. Organic Tan does not take responsibility for this. If your skin starts to peel after the tan, you may have some uneven brown patches. Gently exfoliate the edges with exfoliating gloves. Apply a hydrating lotion that does not contain mineral oil. You may need to apply a bronzer to the “white” parts that shows fresh skin.

You could still peel from the spray tan if you had a sunburn within the last 2-3 weeks.

My underarms are white and other areas are dark. What happened?

There are several possibilities of this occurrence and your technician is typically not one of them. Possible reasons your underarms are white:

  1. You either did not wipe your deodorant off completely before your session, wore deodorant during your session, or applied deodorant too soon after your tan. The chemicals in your deodorant can affect the tan, sometimes turn the tan green or even remove it causing a white ring underneath.
  2. Sweat: Sweat can affect the tan. We tend to see more white underarms in the summer due to sweat. We suggest that you refrain from any activities that will cause you to sweat while the tan is developing. It can be a cause of the white underarms, removing the tan. Also, keep it extra cool in your car and house. We suggest if you do sweat a lot, purchase the touch-up spray to get you out of those “underarm” situations.
  3. Showering the day of. Do NOT shower or shave the day of your tan. You are removing all oils from your body and the tan will be less likely to adhere to the skin. It also opens the pores and the tan solution can seep into the pores, leaving you with that dreaded “pin” look.
  4. You pulled your arm down to the side after tanning and the solution was rubbed off. This can also pull the extra solution to the sides of your arm, leaving those other areas darker.
  5. Dark patches under your arm? Your skin is dry in those areas and grabbed too much tan. See our quick fix below on how to resolve it. Next time, make sure to moisturize the day before with an oil-free moisturizer after a gentle exfoliation.

Ready to achieve a gorgeous, sun-kissed glow without the harmful effects of UV exposure? Visit Organic Tan Face and Body Day Spa in Greenville, SC, where our expert technicians will guide you through the spray tanning process, ensuring a flawless and natural-looking tan every time. Say goodbye to pale skin and hello to radiant confidence with our organic spray tanning services. Schedule your appointment today and experience the difference at Organic Tan Face and Body Day Spa!