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Frequently Asked Questions

Is sunless tanning safe?

Yes, it is. The FDA approved Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a sugar cane derivative that results in the tan, for safety in 1973. When applied to the skin, DHA penetrates only the top layer of skin — it does not absorb into the body or bloodstream. 

Do Aviva Labs' sunless tanning products contain erythrulose?

No. Aviva Labs uses the only FDA-approved ingredient for sunless tanning – DHA (dihydroxyacetone.) No other skin colorants, including erythrulose, have been approved by the FDA for sunless tanning, therefore we do not and will not use erythrulose in our products. 

Do Aviva Labs' sunless tanning products contain Brown HT, also called Chocolate Brown HT, Brown, Caramel Food Brown 3, and C.I. 20285?

No. We only use FDA-approved ingredients. This ingredients is a brown sythentic coal tar diazo dye. Its use in products has been out-lawed in the United States, Austria, Belgiumm, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden. Surprisingly, it has not yet been banned here in Australia and is still found in many spray tan solutions. This controversial ingredient can induce hypersensitivity, and skin ailments including eczema, dermatitis, itching, rashes, and hives. It can also cause bad reactions in people allergic to aspirin and has been known to induce allergic reactions, asthma in some cases, cancer.  AVIVA LABS MEDIA RELEASE – What Are You Spraying On Your Skin?

Do Aviva Labs' sunless tanning products contain alcohol?

No. Alcohol is very drying to the skin and can cause irritation. Furthermore, alcohol intensifies degradation of DHA and thus shortens the shelf life of the product. 

Do Aviva Labs' sunless tanning products contain Aloe Vera?

No. Aloe Vera is an oil-based moisturiser. Though beneficial in other cosmetics and skincare products, Aloe Vera has many negative side effects when used in sunless tanners. It can dramatically slow drying times, clog pores and HVLP spray guns, plus stain clothes and bed sheets. Aloe-based or oil-based products also require more air compressor pressure to spray, are more difficult to clean up, and often require the addition of alcohol (which introduces a whole new set of problems) to speed up the drying time. Aviva Labs does NOT use Aloe Vera or alcohol in our sunless tanners. Instead, we developed a unique, new product that is water-based (oil-free) rather than Aloe Vera-based (oil-based.) Aviva Labs’ solution is highly moisturising, yet it dries in seconds, rather than minutes like Aloe Vera-based solutions. You can truly feel the difference with Aviva Labs’ solution. 

Do Aviva Labs' sunless tanning solutions contain fragrances?

No. First, our sunless tanning solution is designed specifically for people with hypersensitive skin. Second, no one wants sunless tanning solution that smells too flowery, fruity or sweet. Not only can these fragrances be very unpleasant, but also, many salons that have male clients appreciate our fragrance-free solutions. 

Will I experience allergic reactions or acne with your products?

Aviva Labs sunless solutions are hypoallergenic — oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free, designed specifically for hypersensitive skin. As part of our philosophy Beauty Today. Health for Life.™, we use only the purest, essential ingredients necessary for optimal results. Dermatologists agree that the greater the number of ingredients, the greater the chances for allergic reactions. Our sunless tanning solution contains only 13 ingredients (including the 3 colours that make up the bronzer.) We have counted up to 33 ingredients in some well-known competitors’ solutions. Please note: if your clients have a hypersensitive skin condition or known allergies to sunless tanning products, have them consult their physician prior to spraying them. 

Will Aviva Labs' sunless tanning products stain my clients' clothes or bed sheets?

Generally, salons will recommend their clients wear garments that are loose and dark in colour after an application. However, Aviva Labs’ solutions dry quickly and are water-based so they rarely transfer to clothing or bed sheets. If any colour does get transferred to clothing, it can be easily washed in a normal cycle and will not stain. 

I'm about to sample your sunless tanning solutions. What differences should I look for as I spray on the solutions?

Aviva Labs’ sunless tanning solutions are very different from any others on the market. You can see and feel the difference on the skin. View our formulas page to learn why salon and spa owners who know choose Aviva Labs. 

How long does a sunless tan last?

An Aviva Labs sunless tan will usually last 5-8 days. To maximise the life of the tan, thoroughly exfoliate using Aviva Labs Exfoliant prior to application and moisturise generously with the Aviva Labs Moisturising Cream each day after the application. It is also important to washing useing a body wash designed for spray tans like the Aviva Labs Shower Glow which is infused with DHA to maximies the life of your tan.

What about my clients who always burn (never tan) in the sun. Will they be able to get a sunless tan?

Absolutely. If your client has very fair skin (Skin type 1), and always burns in the sun and therefore has never been able to tan, they can achieve a sunless tan. With Aviva Labs 8% DHA solution, it will look terrific. 

When should I use DHA booster drops?

There are a very small percentage of people who are so DHA-resistant that they cannot get a tan even from 12%DHA solution, as well as people who just want an exceptionally dark tan. For them, we manufacture concentrated DHA booster drops. By adding 11 drops (less than 0.5ml) of Aviva Labs’ DHA Booster Drops, you will increase the DHA concentration of your solution by 1% per oz., enabling you to customise the darkness level. The Booster Drops are colourless and can be used in all Aviva Labs solutions. 

I see alcohol in your skincare ingredient list. Will this dry out or irritate my skin?

The ingredients you are referring to, stearyl alcohol and cetyl alcohol, are emollients we use in our Exfoliant, Moisturising Crème and Skin Glow to soften and soothe the skin. Though they have the word “alcohol” in their names, they are NOT irritants. They are completely unrelated to SD alcohol or ethyl alcohol, the “alcohols” that commonly dry out the skin and cause irritation. You can learn more about our ingredients in our Ingredient Glossary. 

How can I maximise the shelf life of my sunless tanning product?

Aviva Labs solution should be used within 12 months. To maximise shelf life, keep container tightly closed and away from sunlight, keep product below 80°F (27°C), and do not freeze. 

Where can I learn more about the ingredients in your products?

We feature a complete explanation of our ingredients in our Ingredient Glossary.

Is sunless tanning safe for pregnant women?

Aviva Labs’ products, as well as other sunless tanning solutions, have not been tested on pregnant women. Ask your customer who thinks that she might be pregnant to consult with her doctor and provide you with a written permission form prior to application.

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