California Glow

You hear stories about skin cancer, due to sun exposure or sun beds, the sound of a harmless sun tan is appealing.

Smile Enhance Research has shown just one session of California Glow provides the equivalent colour to approximately five sunbed sessions. This prevents the risk of skin damage caused by the sun, and sunbed tanning.

What is California Glow?

The active ingredient in California Glow is a chemical called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This chemical reacts with the amino acids on the outer layer of skin, which then changes its colour. The DHA starts to work within about two hours of the tan application, and carries on for twelve hours.

Depending on your skin type, a California Glow tan can last for anything over 7 days; and it can be maintained with top-up applications of instant home tanning solutions. The colour you get from our spray tan once set won’t remove, but will start to fade as the upper layers of your epidermis wear away naturally.

What Should I Do Before my California Glow experience?

Shower and exfoliate your skin well before you attend your session. If you want the spray tan to be effective, you won’t be able to shower for around eight hours after the session; and twelve hours for an expressed look.

Shave or wax the day before your treatment and don’t wear any perfumes, lotions or deodorants which could create a barrier on your skin, as this could make your California Glow less effective. Take off any watches and other jewellery. Wear dark underwear to the tanning booth, and loose dark clothing to the salon, to avoid the tanning solution rubbing off on your clothes; disposables will be provided by your technician.

Is California Glow safe?

There is no reason to think otherwise. DHA has been used in cosmetics for almost 30 years and has been declared safe and suitable for use in cosmetics, specifically to colour the skin. The chemical is a natural sugar that’s also found in walnuts and rape seed oil, often used as a sweetener. It’s not absorbed into the body and is not toxic.

Having said that, it’s not advisable to go for spray tanning if you are pregnant, just to be on the safe side. It shouldn’t cause you any harm if you accidentally inhale any of the spray tanning mist while having the treatment, and even if it gets into your eyes, it won’t do any damage (although you’re advised to keep them closed anyway).

If you haven’t had a spray tan before, you should have a patch test before tanning. Some people are allergic to DHA, and so they will have a reaction if they try tanning with any sunless tanning solutions. Although the allergy is rare, it’s definitely worth having the test first.