Spray tanning is quite possibly one of the most popular beauty treatments in the UK.
The main tanning compound in the solutions we use are actually derived from apples. The chemical is called dihydrocyacetone and helps to turn the apple from white to brown when exposed to the air. This is what also happens to you as the dihydroxyacetone (DHA) reacts with the proteins in your skin.
The DHA compound is a colourless sugar. As well as finding uses in commercial applications, it has been used to treat disorders such as irregular skin-pigmentation for many years.
The effects of DHA do not last forever, hence the necessity to return to the spray tanning booth at least every week. This almost guarantees repeat income for those who have trained professionally on spray tanning courses. Without professional training, a number of providers may not apply the products properly and may not be aware of the health and safety hazards that affect the treatments they provide.
How Does DHA react?
DHA reacts with the enzymes in the outer layer of our skin (AKA epidermis or stratum corneum) to eventually produce a noticeably darker and tanned skin. The only drawback, however, is that as our skin sheds the dead cells frequently. In the process, we also shed the temporary dark coloured skin caused by the DHA compound and lose the tanned effect. This, however, results in extremely profitable services offered by trained technicians. Many successful students have boasted incredible return on investment from their spray tanning courses after just a few short days. Learning the most effective, safe and profitable techniques is an essential step to take in any aspiring beauty therapist’s career.