tanning solutions are the most forgiving product on the market. Even a novice airbrush artist can create a flawless perfect tan every time. Elite Tan Competition Bronze and Ultimate Competition Bronze were designed to be the most striking Competition Color on stage. All Elite Tan products are easy to use, provide flawless, beautiful results and are alcohol and acetone free.Skin has two main layers:
the epidermis on the outside and the dermis on the inside. Whether you are talking about sun tanning or self-tanning, the epidermis is where the action occurs. The epidermis also has two layers. The deepest layer of the epidermis, called the stratum basal (basal layer), is affected during sun tanning. The stratum corneum (horny layer) is the outermost layer of the epidermis. This layer is most affected by sunless tanning products.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless- or self-tanning lotions that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application.
DHA has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years and was listed with the FDA in 1973. In addition to its skin darkening abilities, DHA is also used as an emulsifier, humectants and fungicide. It was declared safe and suitable for use in cosmetics and drugs used as a cosmetic and food ingredient. DHA is not absorbed into the body and poses no possibility of toxicity.
Everyday, millions of dead skin cells are worn away from the surface of your skin. In fact, every 35 to 45 days, you have an entirely new epidermis. This is why tans from sunless or self-tanning lotions will gradually fade. As the dead cells are worn away, so is your tan. For this reason, most of these products suggest that you reapply the sunless or self-tanners every week or two to maintain your “tan.”