What are DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) and Erythrulose?
DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) and Erythrulose are color additives that darken the skin by reacting with amino acids within the skin’s surface.

What are bronzers (color guide)?
Bronzers or color guide are the products that give a temporary tanned appearance. Sunless tanners are formulated with bronzers/color guide that help to insure an even application of color on the skin and with smooth results. They are generally FD&C colors or D&C colors. Tinted moisturizers and bronze powder are perfect examples of that.
Why does AYU have a variety of sunless tanning solutions?
Every skin type is different, and every person will tan differently, resulting in the uniqueness of each product. Some clients have better results with one solution while another will ask for a different amount of color. We try to accommodate every client’s needs and we listen, research, design and formulate to come up with solutions using different raw materials that cooperate with multiple skin types.
Do you think AYU sunless tanning products stain clothes or bed sheets? If so, will it come out?
We generally recommend that a person wear loose and dark clothing after the application. Our solutions dry quickly so color transfer is not a problem. If the solution does transfer, all our colors are water-soluble and they will rinse off during a normal wash cycle resulting in stain-free clothing.
How long does the color of AYU sunless tanning products last?
The color from AYU sunless tanning products usually lasts 5 to 8 days. To get perfect results follow the instructions for “before and after care” listed on the SunlessSmart information page. Exfoliation and moisturizing is the main key in maintaining a smooth, even, and radiant tan.
What is the difference between “Clear Solution” and “With Bronzer (brown) Solution”?
Both solutions are sunless tanning solutions that contain DHA and/or Erythrulose. The Clear Solution is colorless and is either crystal clear or milky white depending on which AYU solution you are applying. The Clear Solution is good for facial application due to sensitive skin, or when clients are going to wear a white dress occasions such as weddings. Most people prefer to be sprayed with clear solution to avoid transferring unwanted color onto their expensive dress. Caution and practice is suggested before spraying with the Clear Solution.

The Bronzer solution contains FD&C or D&C colors. The need for the Bronzer Solution is that it helps the technician perform an even application that results in smooth, glowing tan; also, it aids in an “instant gratification” tan appearance with the first application. Once the DHA and Erythrulose tan develops after 4 to 8 hours, the client can wash off the bronzer and reveal a radiant, beautiful tan.
How do AYU products work with sensitive skin?
All AYU products are carefully formulated to be gentle, even on sensitive skin. Though it is recommended when trying any new product that a 24-hour test is performed on the back of your neck before applying on the face or body.
How do I find out which AYU product works best for me?
If you have any questions about AYU products or applications, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime. Also, call 423-244-0537 to speak to a product specialist or leave a message that will be promptly returned within 24 hours. Please provide adequate information in your inquiry: your concerns, the products you are interested in, etc. so that we may provide you with the best response to our ability.
Do AYU sunless tanning products and bronzers provide protection from the sun?
No, AYU sunless tanning products and bronzers do not provide protection from sun. All of the labels on our sunless tanning products contain the below warning:

"Warning--This product does not contain a sunscreen and does not protect against sunburn. Repeated exposure of unprotected skin while tanning may increase the risk of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects to the skin even if you do not burn."
What % DHA solution is right for me?
6% DHA is perfect for the very fair skinned clients, or those with very dry or aged skin or fading problems; also those who are extremely sensitive to sun, as well as the client who prefers a lighter softer touch of color. This is also a recommended product for a mid-week touch-up application if needed. Sensitive skin type 1 (light hair, fair skin and freckles usually burns in sun).

8% DHA is for the average client. It creates a nice medium tan depth, with optimal fading, without creating the “over baked effect”. The appropriate solution for light to medium skin tones, though it can also be applied thinner for your fairest clients. 8% DHA is versatile for a wide range of skin types. Sensitive to medium skin type 1-2 (who will tan very little in sun but burns very easily, light hair, fair skin).

10% DHA is the “enhanced” version of our popular 8% product, just slightly darker. Appropriate for all medium skinned clients and ever some of your darker skinned clients. This is a superior mid-level product, for the client who requires more depth of color, without sacrificing smooth fade-off. It is great for people who burn moderately but tan gradually and achieve medium tan in sun, most skin type 2,3 and 4 will achieve beautiful tan with 10% DHA AYU sunless tanners.

12% DHA is the darkest solution in our line up. Perfect for the client with darker skin tones, or darker skin coloration from a UV based tan. This product is an intense product, for creating lots of deep color, but it may not fade as smoothly on the fairest skin types. Use caution on hands and feet and dry skin areas. This is good for skin type 5 and 6 who minimally burns in sun and tans deeply.
What about shelf life for AYU sunless tanning products?
AYU Sunless tanning solutions should be used within 12 months, we recommend you keep containers tightly closed, away from sunlight and store at room temperature. You do not have to refrigerate or freeze our solution.
Can I use AYU sunless tanning products, lotion, or spray tan if I am pregnant and breastfeeding?
AYU sunless tanning products and other self-tanning products in the market have not been tested on pregnant women. We strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor before using any sunless tanning products. We will be happy to provide you with all the ingredients and information needed so that you can discuss and make a decision with your medical professionals.
Have a question that was not answered on the AYU Sunless FAQ page?
We have tried to cover all the questions you may have but should you think of any questions that are unanswered please do not hesitate to contact us at ayuinternational at gmail.com and we will try and answer all your questions, we will reply as soon as possible but give us 24 hours.