The Skinny


Whether it’s an over the counter product in the form of a lotion, aerosol, mousse and gradual tanner or if it’s a professional product in the form of a spray booth or an airbrush gun, they all share one key ingredient- DHA (dihydroxyacetone). No DHA, no tan.

Dihydroxyacetone is an FDA-approved self-tanning agent obtained from natural phosphate sugars that react with the amino acids on the outermost layer of the skin. This reaction is what creates the bronze coloring. In other words, DHA adheres to dead skin cells. As the cells begin to shed, so does the sunless tan.

The DHA process usually takes a full 24 hours to completely develop which means it continues to deepen after the first shower (in 8 hours). A very small percentage of people are allergic to DHA. If allergies are a concern we recommend a patch test prior to getting the full service. Patch tests are available at FleshTones.

With sunless tans there is no need to build a base tan and getting a full body spray tan more than once in a 7 day period is not recommended. Sunless tans do NOT protect you from UV rays.