SPRAY AND AIRBRUSH Tanning FAQ

​​​​​​​​Here are some of the most popular questions we get.  If we didn't answer your question below call us at 360-441-2044. Our YouTube channel is also filled with information and tips that may answer some of your questions.












​​What is spray tanning?

A spray tan technician uses a spray gun to apply a tanning solution (DHA) to the client's body.  The spray gun is used to ensure consistent, accurate solution application.  The spray gun is attached to an air compressor.  The application is easy and keeps areas such as ankles and wrists evenly tanned with out having a hard line.


Is it safe?

Yes, sunless tanning is a safe and proven method of obtaining a tan.  As with any personal product, sensitivity can occur but is very rare.  If an individual has ever had any adverse effects utilizing self tanning products or moisturizers, they may experience a similar effect with spray tanning.  Our recommendation for any sensitive client is to spray a test patch first to gauge how their skin will react.


What is DHA?

DHA or Dihydroxiacetone is derived from vegetable origin or sugar beets and has been FDA approved for topical application and used for tanning creams since the 1960's.  DHA has also been used in cosmetics for decades.  When DHA comes in contact with the amino acids of the skin, it creates a natural reaction that causes the skin to appear tanned.  At JMT Sunless we source only the highest quality Eco Certified DHA, which is eco compliant to use in our solution making process.  


What makes JMT Sunless solutions a better solution than others?

JMT Sunless solutions are made with our unique triple action bronzers which activate on different days. How does this work?  Our JMT Sunless bronzer activates on days 1-2, followed by our Eco Certified DHA which activates on days 2-5, then our Eco Friendly proprietary blend activates on day 4-8 or longer!  JMT Sunless solutions produce a beautiful tan that can last up to 8-10 days or longer!


Will my clients turn orange?

Two factors will tint the skin orange.  (1) an inexpensive DHA is used in the sunless solution.  Here is where quality really matters.  At JMT Sunless we use only high quality ECO COMPLIANT DHA in our products.  DHA also needs to have a perfect balance with all other ingredients in the sunless solution you are spraying.  We have great chemists at JMT Sunless who have perfected balancing the ingredients in our product line. (2) A technician who has not been trained in the art of color matching.  Fair skinned clients can not use a high level of DHA.  Too much DHA on the wrong skin type will give the illusion of a fake tan or an orange tint.  The darker the skin, the higher the level of DHA that can be sprayed. 


Does spray tanning protect from the sun?

No! Never and No Way!! Spray tanning DOES NOT protect the skin from the sun.  We recommend everyone use sunscreen on a daily basis and especially when you will be out in the sun.


How long does a spray tan last?

Depending on your skin type, JMT Sunless solutions will produce a tan that lasts between 8 to 12 days.  Like a suntan, the sunless tan will fade gradually as your skin exfoliates.  However, you can extend the life of your tan by using moisturizers daily.  Prior to getting a sunless tan your skin should be clean and exfoliated.  Taking care of your skin both before and after the sunless tanning process will alleviate any uneven fading.


How often can you get a sunless tan?

Tanning can be performed every 7 days if desired.  We recommend the client's skin be exfoliated of any prior spray tan prior to getting a new sunless tan. Spray tanning back to back on the same day is not advised, as it does not give the DHA time to set between between tans.  DHA can be very drying to the skin and cause uneven fading or freckling as the tan fades when too much DHA is sprayed on the skin over a short time frame.


How many times does a person need to spray tan to achieve the color they want?

Everyone's skin type and color is unique.  A person will be tan after just one sunless session, but they may want to up the level of DHA being used if they would like to achieve a darker tan on their next sunless session.


How long does a sunless session take?

Full body sessions take about 3 minutes.  Your clients can dress again within 2 minutes of receiving their sunless tan.


Will spray tanning cause freckles?

No, in fact in most cases, freckles & blemishes will become less pronounced because the lighter skin areas are darkened by the sunless solution so the skin appears more even.


Will spray tanning work on fair skinned people?

YES! We have very satisfied customers who were formerly lily white and are completely satisfied with their color after a sunless session using JMT Sunless  solutions.  They feel and look kissed by the sun!  Our 8% light solution is perfect for a beautiful glow.  We also recommend a custom mix of our  8% DHA and our 10% solution to achieve a more sun kissed appearance.


What should a client wear for their sunless session?

This is an individual choice.  Clients can wear a bikini, swimsuit, g-string, bra and panties, disposable undergarments or tan in the buff.  It is entirely up to the technician and the client.  The FDA does recommend wearing disposable undergarments for a sunless session and these should be available at your salon for your client's comfort.


How does a client prepare for a sunless session?

Shower or bathe and exfoliate prior to your session.  Since the tanning process affects only the top layer of skin, as your skin exfoliates the tan can go with it.  This is why it is very important for your client's skin to be smooth, clean and dry to get the best possible result with their sunless tan.  NO LOTION on the skin prior to tanning!  Loofah sponges can cause streaking; we recommend pre-tan exfoliating with a rough washcloth or exfoliating glove and body wash.  We recommend the client wear loose fitting, dark clothing and flip flop shoes after their sunless session.  Tight or rough clothes can rub the skin and reduce the affect of the tan.  


How can a client maximize their sunless tan?

Limit physical activity for 8-12 hours following a sunless session.  No shower or getting wet for at least 6 hours after tanning, unless they have been sprayed with a Rapid Tan solution, then follow showering guidelines on the product.  DHA continues to react with the amino acids of the skin for up to 12 hours.  A tan extending lotion will help the tan to last longer.  The time of year can affect the skin, which can affect the tan.  Moisturizing the skin is very important!  Long hot baths or long showers are great for pre-tan exfoliation, but can cause the tan to fade prematurely.  A soft cloth for washing is best with a spray tan.  Pat dry after showering or bathing.


How about shaving with a sunless tan?

A sharp, clean razor with a lubricating product is best.  Avoid hair removal products and harsh soaps.  Anti acne, anti aging and makeup removal products can cause the tan to fade.  Avoid exfoliating scrubs, facial masks and toners containing alcohol.  Swimming in a chlorinated pool or hot tub can cause the tan to fade prematurely.  A thick, rich application of sunblock prior to swimming may reduce fading.


What is a LVCLP Tanning System?

Here at JMT Sunless we are licensed to sell most equipment in the industry.  We choose to sell the LVCLP tanning system due to the engineering process of this system.  This system comes with a 4 year warranty and has top notch engineering which is specific for a spray tan technician.  A trained technician can spray a sunless tan in less than 2 minutes with this machine.  You can adjust your dial for a pencil type spray pattern, used for contouring, all the way up to a 6" spray pattern for complete body coverage.  You will never need to replace this gun.  You may want to after years of using it, but this machine will not wear out.  It is built with stainless steel and is the most durable unit on the market.  For your business we believe it is a must have.  Plastic units break down quickly and have problems with clogging and eroding.  Our LVCLP unit comes apart in 7 pieces for an easy thorough cleaning when it's time for gun maintenance.  Daily gun cleaning takes less than a minute. The LVCLP is the best airbrush tanning equipment on the market today. 


Is a gun with a stainless steel needle important?

YES! Anything that is not stainless steel will cause eroding in your needle.  Eroding will cause spotting and blotching during sunless application.  A stainless steel needle will last a lifetime and avoid having these issues.


How do I contour with my LVCLP?  

For instructions on how to contour with your LVCLP Tanning Gun please click the following link Contouring Abs 


How do I clean my LVCLP Gun?

For instructions on how to clean your LVCLP gun please click the following link LVCLP Gun Cleaning


What ingredients are used in JMT Sunless solutions?

Our solution ingredients are listed on our About Our Solutions page or you can click the following link JMT Solution Ingredients

JMT Sunless airbrush tanning solution is gluten free & vegan.  If you want the best airbrush tanning solution, JMT Sunless is the spray tan solution for you! 


FDA Sunless Guidelines:

The FDA recommends you take the following protective measures while getting a sunless tan. Click here to learn more.

  • Use of Protective Undergarments
  • Use of Protective Eyewear
  • Use of Protective Nose Filters
  • Use of Lip Balm