Q: no matter what i do, i still get patchy day 3 or 4. Any remedies or suggestions? The patchiness doesn't go away when i apply another layer of lotion, spray or combination
Ok let's break down this question from a customer
First we need to understand out skin
Then we need to understand the chemical reaction on the skin (which will explain why we get patchy)
Then we need to know how to fix it, control or minimise it.
Your skin is made up of many layers of skin called the dermis. The top two layers of your skin area already dead and and will naturally flake off your body at a pace of approx 4-10 days for a full cycle and new skin will start under each flaked piece that's come off. Now this can start at day 4 and continue to day 10 until that whole top two layers are gone and new skin emerges, If you are a women and menstruating you may find this process happens A LOT faster and hence why sometimes you tan and then your period arrives and your tan lasts about 2 or 3 days.
Also if you are a women tanning and you regularly tan you may find that some tans are better than others even when using the same solutions on your body and that is because of our hormones. Straight after your period if you tan yourself you will find you get an amazing colour and lasting tan then some people find around ovulation the skin can grab and not be as great. We are complex creatures but beautiful ones.
DHA or dihydroxyacetone the stuff that makes you go brown has a chemical reaction when mixed with erythrose on the skin to turn the top two layers of skin brown. DHA is a colorless chemical that interacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to produce a brown color change. Since these dead skin cells are constantly being shed, the color change produced by DHA usually lasts about five to seven days. DHA is not absorbed through the skin into the body and it has no known toxicity. DHA was first discovered Eva Whittington in the late 1920's when DHA was spilled on the skin she found it produced a brown color. DHA has been listed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1973, and has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years.
Ok so back to the skin coming off our bodies, Now understanding that the skin doesn't peel off like a snake in one go (this would be amazing for tanning) but it comes off in little bits so if you are tanning on top of tanning then some little pieces of skin are falling off and some are staying new and brown hence the patchy. If you are just getting patchy you may like to try doing the things in the next paragraph.
Now another reason for patchy is people who shave and shower just before a tan (so many do and some it never affects), again im just stating what I have found to be true after 16 years of tanning people and asking them but when you have just done this (shave wash or wax) you have stripped all the natural oils and PH levels off the skin on your body, I know you feel all clean and stuff but this isn't great for tanning. DHA (the stuff that makes you brown) likes a nice natural PH on the skin to work with (some salons offer a PH spray before they actually tan their customers) and also if you have just exfoliated, shaved or had a wax the chances of your pores being open are high and this creates holes (you can see this under a microscope but not always with the eye) and the tan will go a little deeper and when your skin returns to its natural state (the next morning when you wake up) and the little holes close over you can be left with spotty legs arms etc over the next few days. Another reason for patchy tans can be TOO much tan, just piling too much on for your skin tone. You will only be able to reach a natural colour for your skin tone and after that you can look patchy fake and orange.
Annnnnd here is something that most tan technicians will tell you NOT TO DO but im going to tell you to do it because if you have to wash, exfoliated, shave or wax before tanning then apply a light moisturiser to your body before tanning, like an hour before and this will help plump up the skin, return it to its natural PH and your tan will fade more evenly.
I can always tell if someone has just shaved, exfoliated or waxed before coming even when the customer says "no i haven't " and I can tell because when I apply the tan it repels a little because the skin has no PH on it or it will look spotty or if you have used a lady shaver with the gel cleaner on it, it leaves a little residue on the skin and the tan will repel from that as well.
SO the best way to keep your tan from getting patchy and you want to be tanned all year round then tan yourself every four days and try not to get carried away with too much solution, apply a moisturiser daily to help plump up the skin and when it comes to exfoliating there should be no need to scrub till you are raw.
I hope this has helped you to understand tanning a little better and if you have any questions please fire them at me and remember no question is a silly question. :o)
Owner of BROWNALLYEAR
Velvet Blending Glove
ok so its velvet for a reason
its soft for a reason and
nothing lasts forever
Let me share how to use your VBG to get the most out of it.
Its starts out as this beautiful soft plush glove and can end up looking like something you found under your house.
The Velvet Blending Glove is for use with our Instant Tanning Spray and will not last long using it with our Chocolate Tanning Cream.
Spray onto the glove then gently (GENTLY) wipe onto body and then blend, now when we say blend we mean gentle pressure to blend out the tan, not only does this make your tan more even but your glove will last 10 times longer than if you rub hard. The image of the glove below happens when rubbing to hard and the whole thing rips. If you wipe onto your body and blend before spraying again your glove should feel dry so when you have finished tanning your glorious body your glove should feel dry and there is no need to wash it out or rinse it under water. If you feel it is getting really mucky then by all means run it under the tap but remember its velvet and velvet means GENTLE
A lot of the time girls will ask me 'what base colour is the tan' like they understand base colours and tanning. A base colour is a colour guide for applying the tan on the body because DHA the stuff that makes you brown is colourless so if we applied this onto your body we wouldn't be able to see where we were going and maybe not make an even tan. BUT colours do have some benefits, some colours stain the skin a little therefore holding a nicer colour for a few days and if too much tan was applied the "colours" would help to make it look more natural.
Below is a brilliant write up of how colours work.
A little known fact is that DHA (the active ingredient in spray tan) is actually colourless. Its the cosmetic bronzer (guide colour) that you first see when you get a spray tan. Without the bronzers the liquid would be clear and incredibly difficult to apply evenly. Most cosmetic bronzers are made by mixing together 3 primary colours, Red, Yellow and Blue (which together make brown) By manipulating the the blending ratio between these three colours, manufacturers are able to influence the ‘base’ or ‘guide’ colour. Ever wandered why your spray tan turns green after 6 months in the cupboard?. Well, Red is the most unstable colour out of the three. if it deteriorates you are left with only two colours, blue and yellow, which mixed together makes green ! So your tan hadn’t necessarily gone bad, its just that the red colouring agent had failed
When it comes to spray tanning solutions there is nothing set in stone. There are general guidelines which should be followed but unfortunately the human skin is such a difficult canvas to work on – so many variables and contributing factors which could affect the end results. Hormones, medication, weather…. the list is endless. However, even though the guide colour can change from one brand to another most tans are typically either Green or Red based and more recently we are seeing the increased popularity of Violet based Tans. So, what is the difference between Green, Red and Violet based spray tans?
Green Base – Green bases can work across most skin types although can cause yellow hues on very fair skins. Darker skin tones and those who tan well on holiday should choose a green base. Green base solutions are also best for clients with a red / pink hue to their skin A green base counteracts the red hue resulting in a more natural colour
Red Base – Red bases are very much under used and unappreciated in the UK. A red-based tan is ideal for those with fair skin tones who don’t tan well and, if your skin freckles in the sun, a red base will definitely complement you.
Violet Base – As the tan develops a Violet based product will counteract any yellow / orange undertones. Thats because violet is on the opposite end in the colour spectrum. When a darker tan is required, a violet based product will usually deliver the best results.
why is it important to chose the right base colour?
You wouldn’t dream of using a foundation that doesn’t compliment your skin tone. The same methodology needs to be applied when choosing a spray tan that is best suited to your client’s skin tone. Because a client’s natural skin tone will affect the way the spray tan appears.
cited on the internet 06.07.2018https://www.spraytan.net/base_colour_explained/
Summer is here and with summer brings sweaty everything in NZ. We have hight humidity so when its a nice 25 degrees or 77 Fahrenheit it actually feels about 28d or 82F. This moist NZ air causes havoc with some customers when getting a spray tan. Like in photo one, this customer waxed the day before but got a rash from it and when she got her spray tan it reacted like this. ANGRY. While we dont actually spray your armpit when your arms are down in normal posItion that tiny little bit of moisture moves around and we end up with the following armpits.
Always tell your tan technician that this happens or if your tend to be a sweaty person, make sure you tell us so we can avoid that area all together. In our little studio we have flannels for customers to wipe their armpits and also the 'underboob' (another sweaty spot). Other ways to help stop this is to apply a TALC FREE (very important) powder or baby powder to your armpits after tanning and you can also do your whole body, this can make you feel less 'sticky' and smell lovely. Your welcome
When 🌴 BROWNALLYEAR 🌴 first took off we had the pin up girl look going on and we created this awesome WARNING sign tanning poster which many have now tried to use, so instead of people ripping it off and making it look ugly why dont they just download it for free :o)
Either download one of our posters or purchase for your salon.
and here are some of the copies I found on the internet all from different tanning salons
I have wonderful customers and family members that are always watching my back.
Today my Uncle sent me the article on the UK Dragons Den members #Kelly Hoppen and #Piers Linney who invested in the tanning product Skinny Tan who claim to have cellulite busting properties when really we all would love this to be true but it sadly is not.
While they got a telling off about false claims , they also got a bit of coverage on their products but to be honest they really should have chosen the clean green all natural, been here for 7 years NZ made and manufactured 🌴 BROWNALLYEAR 🌴 tanning solutions lotions and potions. We are honest, reliable, hardworking and a completely transparent company that would have given the CEO's left boobie to work with amazing mentors.
So on that note come see us, email us with your questions, book online or just grab some of our famous Chocolate Tanning Cream to take home ☀️
here is the link to the article cited today 19th October 2017 about the telling off.
9 things a dermatologist wants you to know about fake tan.... as cited on the internet (see link)