What is Spray Tanning? Why does it work?

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a colourless sugar and the active ingredient in the guide coloured solution that will be sprayed onto your skin. Applied using a specialist low pressure spraying machine, the DHA in the solution interacts with the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of your skin to produce a golden brown colour. The colour you see at the time of the treatment is purely a guide colour for your therapist to see that your skin is covered evenly. Your actual tan will have developed and will be revealed after you shower.

Is it safe?

Yes, very safe. A Sienna X sunless tan can give the same results as spending 10-14 days in the sun, but without the harmful effects of UV exposure. DHA has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for use in the personal care industry for over 30 years and no adverse affects have been reported other than minor skin irritations. Allergic reactions are extremely rare; however if you have experienced allergic reactions to self-tanning or other beauty products please arrange a patch test first with your therapist.

How dark will I get?

Sienna X has a range of solutions and your therapist will help you customise your ideal tan. Your tan results will depend on how well you tan naturally. The darker you tan in the sun, the darker you will tan with Sienna X. Many people like to have a bespoke tan, so it’s lighter in the winter months and darker in the summer months. A double exposure treatment (i.e. if you have a second tanning treatment within 48 hours of your first appointment) will help you go darker with superior results.

How long will my Sienna X sunless tan last?

Your tan will last approximately 5 to 7 days depending on your daily skincare regime, lifestyle and if you have exfoliated well prior to your tan. A sunless tan fades just like a tan from the sun – so as your skin sheds dead cells, your tan will fade. It is important to moisturise daily to help prolong your tan.

Will I still need to use sun protection with a Sienna X tan?

Yes, we recommend you use a sunscreen with a high SPF. Look for a formula which is oil free to prevent your tan from stripping.