Sunless FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most common questions asked. If you do not see your question, please contact us and we would be glad to help get that answered for you.

What's In Sunless Solution and Products?

Most sunless solutions have two main tanning ingredients, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and Erythrulose. DHA is a monosaccharide sugar, approved by the FDA for external application to the skin. Erythrulose is a sugar derivative.

Are Sunless Solutions and Products Organic?

Sunless solutions and products cannot be claimed as organic as DHA is not an FDA approved organic ingredient. Sunless solutions and products may contain organic ingredients, but that does not make the product organic. California Tan Sunless uses DHA that is Ecocert and Natrue certified, meaning it is pure, all-natural DHA and is derived from renewable sources.

How Do Sunless Solutions and Products Work?

Once DHA is applied, it has a chemical reaction with the proteins found in the skin’s epidermis layer. This reaction results in the protein changing color. Color begins to develop in one to four hours and fully develops in 24-72 hours.

How Long Does a Sunless Tan Last?

A sunless tan applied either at a professional salon or at home will last between 5-7 days due to the skin’s natural exfoliating cycle. Preparing for and taking care of a sunless tan will help the tan last longer.

When Can I Shower after Sunless Solution Application?

With California Tan Sunless® solution and products, you can shower anywhere between 1 to 4 hours. With our Rapid Sunless Solution you can shower as soon as 1 to 2 hours after application. With our Medium and Dark Solutions you can shower 3 to 4 hours after application.

Will California Tan Sunless® Solution and Products Make Me Orange?

The California Tan Sunless® exclusive Color Perfecting Complex® technology utilizes your unique skin tone as it reacts with your skin, enabling you to get the perfect glow for you.

What's Color Perfecting Complex Technology?

The Color Perfecting Complex® is a blend of seven natural colorants that enhances and darkens the skin’s organic color and helps conceal imperfections. It contains a powerful mixture of antioxidants that works to boost skin’s youthful appearance and pairs with DHA and other natural ingredients to maximize sunless color.

What is the Difference Between Tinted and Clear Solutions?

California Tan Sunless Tinted Solutions have cosmetic bronzers for immediate color, in addition to DHA and Erythulose for delayed color. Our Clear Solution does not have cosmetic bronzers. The color you see with the clear solution is only delayed color.

Why Does California Tan Sunless® Have 3 Steps?

The proven 3 step system ensures even, natural looking, longer-lasting color. Both professional and retail lines utilize this multi-step approach. Step 1 Prepare products prime skin for sunless color. These products help provide the best base for optimal color results. Step 2 Develop products are what gives you the dark tan you desire. These products utilize revolutionary formulas and intelligent skincare ingredients for a natural, healthy-looking glow. Step 3 Perfect products help prolong your sunless tan. These products enhance your glow and help extend the life of your tan!