I cannot believe it’s finally S U M M E R, as it’s felt like the longest winter ever down here in Tasmania. But of course, I’m not prepared at all and if you’re anything like me, you’ll take all the at-home tanning advice you can get! I’ve enlisted Lisa Williams, of Sunescape to share her expert advice so we can all achieve the best tan of ours lives this summer.
The first question I asked naturally was how can we make our tan last as long as possible? As Lisa explains, it comes down to two simple steps, prep and maintenance.
- Tan Prep: “You should always exfoliate before tanning. Our Exfoliating Body Polish is a miracle-in-a-bottle formula that works to gently slough away dead layers of skin and boost cell turnover, ensuring your skin is prepped and preened to perfection come time for your next tan (whether it’s a self-tan or a spray). Hair removal should be done a minimum of 24 hours prior to spray tanning, and with waxing we would recommend 48 hours prior so that the skin has had plenty of time to calm and minimise any possible irritation. For best results, it is important that skin is dry and free from any oils, moisturisers, makeup and deodorant. Tans work best on dry, unperfumed skin.”
- Tan Maintenance: “Hydration is key! Our Hydrating Shower Gel is jampacked with ingredients that leaves your skin hydrated, refreshed and radiant whilst steering clear of nasty sulphates and parabens that strip away at your tan. This cleansing body wash has been specially formulated maintain your tan and is perfect for all skin types, especially those with dry and sensitive skin. Additionally, try to have short showers wherever possible and pat skin dry rather than rubbing with your towel, and ensure to moisturise skin morning and night.”
WATCH: HOW TO APPLY SELF TAN MOUSSE: https://youtu.be/9cu9Ynb9bjQ
What types of at-home tans are available, and do different formulas work better with different skin types?
Lisa says: The colour one person achieves to another will be different – this all depends on their original skin tone, and the conditions around pre and post spray preparation. Remember that colour is also subjective, what one person thinks is dark may be different from another. One important factor which will impact any fake tan is the pH levels of the skin and formulation. An alkaline pH causes the tan to look orange, whereas a slightly acidic pH reduces this colour problem. A balanced formulation understands the importance of maintaining moisture in the skin, the correct pH balance and the reaction of amino acids and DHA. Other things that can impact how dark a tan will develop include things like hormones – which can impact the pH of the skin, medications, or even humidity. For example, if you have just had a shower and your skin has not yet cooled down, this may impact the DHA’s ability to fully develop.
So, if it’s an immediate glow-up in a bottle that your heart (or your skin!) desires than look no further than our signature HERO product that is our Instant Self-Tan Mousse. Our Week in Fiji shade is perfect for all skin tones, being our most popular shade to achieve the most perfect golden tan. And for those seeking a more dramatic result that leaves your skin with a deep, dark bronze then our Month in Maui mousse is the perfect choice!
- Instant streak-free natural colour
- Non-sticky and fast-drying (dress after just 10 minutes!)
- Develops into a deep natural tan within 3-4 hours
- Helps smooth uneven skin texture, conceal cellulite and stretch marks
The Gradual Tan Extender (DHA: 12%) is the perfect option for first time tanners as it gives you complete control over the end results and is great for learning what depth of tan suits your skin!
- 3-in-1 Formula – acts as a gradual self-tanner, tan extender and moisturiser all in one
- Perfect for fair-skinned people wanting to build a tan slowly
- Enables you to control the depth of tan you want to achieve
- Extends the life of spray tan
Looking to enhance your tan or craving an instant summer shimmer? Our Illuminating Body Tint (DHA FREE) is a luminous bronzed-kissed lotion that provides your skin with a radiant, sexy wash-off glow.
- Non-stick formula and quick drying
- Evens skin tone and conceals flaws
- Adds a slight shimmer to the skin
- Washes off with a little soap and water
Lisa also advised there were two main ingredients commonly found in tanning products that we should avoid:
- Brown HT – This synthetic petroleum-derived brown colouring dye has been banned in the USA, Canada, Japan and major European countries like France and Germany for its potentially dangerous health risks. Brown HT can induce hypersensitivity, eczema, dermatitis, itching and rashes, can cause bad reactions in those allergic to aspirin, leading to asthma and has been linked to some cancers.
- DMDM Hydratoin & Imidazolindinyl Urea – These common formaldehyde releasers break down to form toxic carcinogen, formaldehyde, and act as a preservative in tan to hold product formulas together. Even low levels of formaldehyde are a major health concern, and are known to cause weakened immune systems, respiratory problems, cracked and blistered skin, and even cancer when ingested or absorbed through the skin.
Here’s to long days by the water and evenings by the bar!