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Sunless tanning

Grant Regional Health Center now offers sunless tanning—a healthy alternative to time in the sun or tanning booths.

What is sunless tanning?

Sunless tanning is a process that uses an airbrush delivery system to gently and evenly apply tanning solution to the skin.

The tanning solution is streak-free, applies easily and evenly, absorbs quickly, gives a natural-looking golden tan, and fades like a real tan. You will not have to expose yourself to hours of damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause burning, premature aging and even skin cancer. The final effect will last up to 10 days.

How does it work?

The active ingredient in the sunless tanning—DHA (dihydroxyacetone)—is derived from sugar cane and interacts with the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of your skin to produce a golden-brown color. This reaction takes four to six hours to visibly emerge into a golden tan. It then continues to develop over the next 24 hours. The color that results varies slightly from person to person, just as UV tans will differ, according to natural skin tones. This is different from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun that stimulate the melanin pigment in the skin. Sunless tanning produces this golden-brown color without skin damage.

Sunless tanning works on the top layer of the skin only and will shed, or fade, like a tan from the sun over several days. The way the tan fades depends on the way each person's skin naturally exfoliates. The longer and more regularly you tan, the better the tanning effect will wear.

The benefits of the sunless tan—without the harmful risks— include:

  • Looks natural.
  • Enhances your figure.
  • Gives you that healthy glow.
  • Fades like a real tan.
  • Camouflages cellulite, stretch marks, varicose veins and freckles.
  • Is UV-free and safe.
  • Evens out skin tones.
  • Provides an instant body makeover.
  • Helps hide unwanted tan lines.
  • Celebrities have been doing it for years.


  • Full body ($25)
  • Legs ($20)
  • Face/shoulder/arms ($20)
  • Full facial/back blend ($15)

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