Spray Tanning at Hawaiian Sun


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The first steps to getting the perfect sunless tan happen before you even get to the tanning salon.

  • Shower, shave and exfoliate your skin.

  • Avoid using moisturizers and lotions that are not specially formulated for sunless tanning before your sunless session.

  • Avoid wearing perfumes or make-up that provides a barrier for absorption.

  • Wear DARK loose-fitting clothing to your session.

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Your sunless tan will last up to 5 days. With proper care, you can preserve your tan by following these easy steps:

  • Wait at least 4 hours before bathing, swimming or coming in contact with water.

  • Avoid engaging in activities that cause you to sweat heavily, at least 3-5 hours

  • Moisturize daily with a post-sunless product

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Proper skin care before, during and after sunless tanning will extend the life and look of your tan.


Follow these guidelines to obtain the best results from a sunless session at Hawaiian Sun:


1. You should wear dark, loose fitting clothes to the salon for your session; the spray solution that contains cosmetic bronzer can get on your clothes, but it washes out easily.

2. It is recommended that you remove all jewelry prior to your session.

3. To prepare the skin to fully absorb the sunless solution you should remove dead, dry skin by exfoliating your entire body in the shower just prior to your session, paying special attention to typically dry areas such as your knees and elbows. Avoid using bar soap, high-pH shower gels or in-shower moisturizers, as these products can halt the full development of the DHA-bronzing reaction.

4. Any waxing should be done no less than two days prior to your session.

5. Also, elevated body temperature, perspiration or moisture on the skin can hinder DHA development and results.


1. Wait at least four hours before showering or bathing, to allow the tanning process time for full development.

2. To avoid fading and stripping of instant bronzing results, use plain water in the shower or bath only for the first 16 hours after your session. (Avoid using bar soap, high-pH shower gels or in-shower moisturizers, as they can halt the full development of the DHA bronzing reaction.) 

3. If possible, avoid activities that may cause you to sweat, swimming pools and spas for at least 24-hours after your session. 

4. Do NOT apply lotions, moisturizers, deodorant, perfumes, make-up or any other personal care products prior to your session, as they will prevent even application of the sunless solution.


Sunless tanning is the process of applying a solution to the body either by airbrush, aerosol canister or a sunless spray booth. Hawaiian Sun offers a premium spray booth. The main active ingredient in all sunless tanning preparations and airbrush/spray-booth solution is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) an FDA-approved, all-natural, sugar-based substance. First recognized as a skin coloring agent by German scientists in the 1920s, DHA is commonly used in many cosmetics and in food preparation. When applied to the body for sunless tanning purposes, DHA reacts with amino acids in the top skin layer to produce a golden-brown color.

Your skin begins to darken two to three hours after application and reaches its peak color within 24 hours. The color will gradually fade through natural exfoliation, just like a tan from the sun.


No. The advanced technology currently used in sunless tanning solutions is designed to ensure a natural, bronze tan. The salon staffer can help you select the proper level of tanning solution to best match your skin tone.

Sunless spray solutions have been refined since they were first introduced; the biggest development is the variety of custom solution formulas, which allow tanners to choose a level of tan that will best compliment their individual coloring and skin tone. OUR Consultants can help you determine which session will give you the best result.


The FDA advises that users avoid inhaling or ingesting DHA or letting the spray get into the eyes. When using DHA-containing products as an all-over spray or mist, it may be difficult to avoid exposure in a manner for which DHA is not approved, including the area of the eyes, lips, or mucous membrane, or internally.
The FDA recommends protective measures to eliminate eye contact, inhalation or ingestion during a spray tan session, such as:

  • Eye protection

  • Nose filters

  • Ear plugs

  • Lip balm

  • Undergarments

For additional questions or concerns regarding DHA, consult a health care professional. To understand the complete FDA position on DHA, visit the FDA website

The major concern with tanning and pregnancy is the heat produced by traditional UV tanning systems; raising a pregnant woman’s core body temperature can be harmful. In addition, a woman’s balance/coordination can change slightly as her pregnancy progresses, making it possibly dangerous to get in and out of a sunbed or booth. There is no heat concern with a sunless session, it is very short in duration and the spray solution is all natural; but it’s always best to check with your physician beforehand.