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Spray Tan Solution Beginner Guide

Welcome to Sjolie Sunless!

This is your comprehensive guide on spray tanning with Sjolie Sunless products! Here, we’ll take you through the fundamentals, including the essence of spray tanning, its mechanics, and why Sjolie stands out from the competition. Additionally, we’ll explore the optimal product selection for beginners, guide you in choosing the right product, and demonstrate the Sjolie method for achieving the perfect tan.

Spray tanning has emerged as a revolutionary beauty solution in recent years, offering individuals a sun-kissed glow without the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from traditional sun exposure or tanning beds. This innovative cosmetic procedure involves the application of a specialized tanning solution in the form of a fine mist, which is evenly sprayed onto the skin’s surface. Through a carefully calibrated blend of active ingredients, spray tanning works by stimulating the skin’s melanin production, resulting in a temporary bronzed appearance that can last for days. As the demand for safe and natural-looking tans continues to rise, spray tanning has become a popular choice for those seeking a radiant complexion, and its transformative effects are achieved through a straightforward yet precise application process.

Tanning Solutions

& Sjolie Ingredients

Sjolie Sunless specializes in providing high-quality tanning solutions: our products deliver a natural & flawless tan while maintaining a commitment to skin-friendly ingredients and superior application techniques.

Sjolie spray tan solutions are meticulously crafted with a thin viscosity, specifically tailored for seamless compatibility with HVLP and airbrush systems. Our extensive testing and quality assurance processes guarantee that the mist produced is consistently fine and precise.

While there have been attempts to use these solutions as self-tanners, it’s important to note that they were not designed for this purpose. Consequently, we cannot guarantee uniform results when applied in this manner. For the best outcomes and optimal performance, we strongly recommend adhering to the intended spray application method and utilizing an HVLP or airbrush system exclusively.

The infamous “fake tan” smell that many people associate with tanning products, is not due to a specific added fragrance or ingredient. Instead, it’s a byproduct of the reaction that occurs between Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), and the amino acids in the skin.

When DHA interacts with the amino acids, it results in a Maillard reaction. The Maillard reaction is the same type of reaction that occurs when food browns. This reaction produces various compounds that can create that distinctive smell. It’s not harmful, but it can be off-putting to some people.

Some self-tanning products include added fragrances to try to mask or neutralize this smell. Others may use a specific formulation to reduce the odor. The intensity of the smell can vary between products and may also be affected by individual skin chemistry. It is also important to note that it’s a temporary side effect of self-tanning products. Many people find the resulting tan color more than makes up for the brief inconvenience.

DHA, or Dihydroxyacetone, is the main active ingredient used in many sunless tanning products, including spray tans. It is a simple carbohydrate that is often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane.

DHA works by reacting with the amino acids present in the skin’s top layer. This reaction produces pigments called melanoidins, which create the appearance of a tan. The tan is temporary, as the skin cells on the surface are continuously being shed and replaced. The “tan” usually begins to fade within a few days and generally completely disappears in about a week.

DHA has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for external application to the skin and is considered safe for use in cosmetic products when applied according to instructions.

Yes, there can be potentially harmful ingredients in some spray tanning products. It’s essential to be aware of what you’re putting on your skin, as certain ingredients may have adverse effects or cause skin sensitivities. Here are some ingredients commonly found in spray tanning solutions (NOT FOUND IN SJOLIE PRODUCT) that you may want to be cautious about:

Parabens: Some tanning products may contain parabens, which are preservatives that have been associated with skin irritation and potential hormonal disruption. Look for products that are paraben-free.

Urea: Urea is a chemical compound found in urine, but the urea used in skincare and cosmetic products is typically synthetic and not derived from human or animal urine. Synthetic urea is produced through chemical processes and is purified for use in various applications, including skin care, where it is known for its hydrating properties. However, individuals with sensitive or dry skin should be cautious, as urea can cause irritation or exacerbate dryness.

Phthalates: Phthalates are chemicals used in some tanning products to improve scent and texture. They have been linked to various health concerns and are best avoided when possible.

Mineral Oils: Some spray tanning products contain mineral oils, which can clog pores and potentially cause breakouts, especially for those with acne-prone skin.

Erythrulose: Erythrulose is a common ingredient in sunless tanning products. It is often used in conjunction with dihydroxyacetone (DHA) to extend the duration of the tan. While erythrulose is generally considered safe, but it is not FDA approved and can cause severe skin sensitivities or allergic reactions.

Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Some individuals have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which means they must avoid gluten entirely, even in skincare products.

At Sjolie Sunless, we are committed to promoting healthy skin and embracing a wellness-centric approach in all our endeavors. With this ethos at the core of our mission, we meticulously select ingredients to safeguard your well-being. Our tanning solutions don’t just impart a stunning tan; they are enriched with a host of skin-loving elements that prioritize the health and vitality of your skin. Featuring revitalizing components such as Caffeine, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Glycerin, Vitamins A, C, and E, Aloe Vera, Niacinamide, Jojoba Oil, and Kukui Nut Oil, our formulations are thoughtfully designed to nourish and rejuvenate your skin, ensuring that your radiant glow is a testament to both beauty and health. Your skin deserves the very best, and at Sjolie Sunless, it’s our unwavering commitment to provide just that.

Choosing the Best

Solution for your Client

To achieve a stunning, sun-kissed glow that perfectly suits your client’s skin tone and undertone, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of different skin types and undertones. So before spray tanning your client, consider the client’s 1. Skin Type and 2. Undertone and choose a solution that will compliment them with a natural color.

The Fitzpatrick Scale, developed by dermatologist Thomas Fitzpatrick in 1975, is a classification system used to determine an individual’s skin type based on their reaction to sun exposure. Ranging from 1 to 6, with 1 being the lightest and 6 being the darkest, the Fitzpatrick Scale helps classify skin types.

Check out our Blog, Sjolie Skin Chart – Recommended Solutions, for more information and details regarding the Fitzpatrick Scale.


In addition to skin types, undertones play a crucial role. Undertones are the subtle hues beneath the skin’s surface and can be categorized as cool (pink, red, or bluish), warm (yellow, golden, or peachy), or neutral.

  • Cool undertones are characterized by pink or red complexions, blue or purple veins in the wrists, skin reflecting yellow in natural sunlight, a tendency to burn in the sun, wearing pink-based makeup, and looking best in silver jewelry.
  • Warm undertones are characterized by yellow or golden-peach complexions, green or olive veins in the wrists, skin that reflects a blue hue in natural sunlight, a propensity to tan under the sun, a preference for yellow-based makeup, and a flattering appearance in gold jewelry.
  • Neutral undertones encompass a combination of cool and warm characteristics, resulting in olive or brown complexions, blue-green veins on the wrists, skin that reflects green in natural sunlight, a tendency to tan with occasional burning, the ability to wear makeup that is neither too yellow nor too pink, and the versatility to look good in both silver and gold jewelry.

So, how does this affect Sjolie Solutions? Sjolie Solutions has incorporated the color theory concept into its blends, ensuring that each solution works harmoniously with the client’s undertones. The solutions are supplemented with complimentary cosmetic bronzers that serve as a color guide for technicians and provide instant color gratification for the client. These cosmetic bronzers, sourced from organically derived ingredients like caramel and walnut husk extract, not only enhance the overall effect but also contribute to a natural and organic experience. While most cosmetic bronzers wash off in the shower, they leave a staining effect that tints the skin with the undertone used. For example, the violet bronzers in the Luxe Line are ideal for enhancing warm undertones by deepening the naturally yellow colors to achieve a rich brown tone. Similarly, the olive undertones in the Original Line counteract pink or red hues, making them ideal for cool undertones and resulting in a golden-brown tone.

  • A green-based solution effectively counteracts red or cool undertones, enhancing the client’s natural tones for a golden tan without adding more pink to the complexion. Our Sjolie Original Solution line with a green base is perfect for achieving this effect.
  • A violet-based solution helps neutralize yellow or warm undertones, making it ideal for those seeking a deep brown tan. You’ll find this in our Sjolie Luxe Line.

For clients with neutral undertones, both green-based and violet-based solutions work well. You can choose from the Sjolie Original Line or the Luxe Solution Line to cater to your neutral-toned clientele.

Luxe N°9 Medium


Original N°9 Medium


Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, starting out is simpler than you might think. If you’re new to Sjolie and spray tanning, we recommend trying our Original N°9 and Luxe N°9 solutions. Both feature a 9% DHA concentration, which provides a medium color that’s versatile and foolproof as you familiarize yourself with our products and refine your technique. Each solution has a distinct undertone, allowing you to compare the results without varying the depth level.

If your first spray tan doesn’t turn out as expected, don’t be discouraged. We advise new technicians to gain experience with 20-30 spray tans before feeling completely confident. This guideline also applies before you venture into more complex solution mixing.

For those with experience in spray tanning, explore our best-selling solutions below!

Luxe N°12 Dark


Luxe Rapid


Original Rapid


How To

Spray the Sjolie way

Our closely guarded spray tan method has been a well-kept secret for a long time. But if you’ve been following our blog, your luck has just turned. Today, we’re revealing our exclusive tutorial exclusively for you! Join us to discover our tried-and-true technique. For additional tutorials, check out our YouTube Channel.

How To

Get the Best Tan

While dedicating ourselves to education and comprehensive training is essential for becoming the best spray tan artist possible, it’s crucial to recognize that achieving a perfectly even and long-lasting spray tan also depends significantly on the client’s cooperation and preparation.

The client should schedule all other beauty appointments such as waxing, hair, nails, facial treatments, and massage, at least 48 hours before the spray tan session. It is recommended to shave and exfoliate with a spa-grade exfoliator at least 24 hours before the spray tan to remove dead skin and ensure proper DHA absorption. Pay attention to often-missed areas like the back, stomach, and chest. Other beauty steps, like washing hair, can also be done 24 hours prior to the appointment.

As a technician, having the necessary supplies and equipment ready, including protective gear and more, demonstrates diligence in delivering high-quality services. In addition to complying with government regulations and maintaining a safe workspace, it is essential to have clean and fully operational equipment and to ensure your clients are well-informed about spray tan preparation.

On the day of the tanning appointment, advise clients to come with a fresh face and avoid wearing lotions, makeup, or other topical products that may act as a barrier. If necessary, provide wipes for those needing to remove traces of deodorant or cosmetics before the session. If a shower is needed on the day of the spray tan, it is best to shower as early as possible and avoid using soaps, shampoos, or conditioners that can leave residue on the skin.

Clients should wear dark and loose-fitting clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants, to avoid any skin-to-skin contact that could interfere with the overall outcome of the spray tan. Avoid constricting attire like bras, socks, or closed-toe shoes.

For optimal safety, provide disposable undergarments if the client does not bring their own. The FDA highly recommends disposable undergarments, eye protection, nose, and lip protection for client safety.

The use of Barrier Cream and pH Balancing Spray during the session is paramount to achieving flawless results.

After each spray tan session, thoroughly clean your applicator and solution cup. For in-depth instructions on how to clean your applicator, check out our blog How to Clean Your Spray Tan Gun. Regularly remove and rinse your turbine filters, and always make it a practice to clean the tent at the end of each business day or week, depending on your schedule.

After the spray, the client should stay well-hydrated by applying a daily moisturizer like Sjolie Body Renew & Tan Extend to lock in the tan’s color and ensure even fading.

Avoid exfoliation after the tan. Types of exfoliation to avoid include physical exfoliation products, shaving, waxing, microdermabrasion treatments, and chemical exfoliants.

Choose shorter and cooler showers, pat dry, and minimize extended swimming sessions, especially in chlorine.

Opt for dark-loose fitting, non-restrictive clothing that will give your tan the freedom to breathe and thrive!