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Summer is here! And with summer, comes all of the fun outdoor and water activities that you enjoy. Bikinis and Board Shorts are the common summer attire. Surfing, Water Skiing, Jet Skiing, Tubing, Swimming, Hot Tubbing and Water Sliding to name a few, and the most fun summer activities! But what does that mean for your sexy sunless tan?
DHA is the major active ingredient in sunless tanning solutions. It is a non-toxic food grade sugar that has been approved by the FDA. DHA reacts with the amino acids on the top layers of your skin and results in a natural tan and brown color. Those top layers of your skin are the layers about to shed dead skin cells. As those cells begin to shed, your tan begins to fade. When your sunless tanned skin is exposed to long periods of moisture, such as a water park or ocean, the water helps lift those dead skin cells, and with that, your tan. If not cared for properly this summer, you can cut the time your tan will last in half.
Here are some tips that will help you tan live to its fullest.
1. Using a waterproof suncreen before coming in to contact with water activities will help create a barrier between your skin and the water. Avoid suncreens that contain mineral oil. Mineral oil can streak or fade your sunless tan. Aerosol waterproof suncreens can be particulary helpful.
2. When drying off at any time, it is important that you pat dry and do not rub. This includes drying off after your water activities and each shower. When you rub the towel against your skin, you are further exfoliating, and in turn causing your tan to fade.
3. Avoid any products that contain mineral oil, both prior to and after your session. Mineral oil dehydrates the skin and will cause premature fading and possible streaking. Be sure to read the labels of all your body washes, lotions and outdoor suntan lotions.
4.Stay away from bar soaps or or any oil based soaps. Harsh soaps that contain high amounts of sulfates can strip your skin. Try a moisturizing body wash that does not contain mineral oil.
5. It is recommended that your moisturize 1-2 times a day. Salty ocean water and chlorinated pools can severely dry your skin. We recommend Designer Skin's Angel Daily Moisturizer and Norvell's Prolong.These lotions are specially formulated to extend your tan. You must avoid highly fragranced lotions, and lotions with mineral oil. Be sure to hydrate your skin on the inside and out! Drink plenty of water.
5. Do not use an exfoliant, scrub or loofa until 7-10 days after your session. Wait at least 36 hours after your spray session to enter a chlorine pool or spa.
6. Please avoid hot-tubs and jacuzzis at all costs. Between the heat and the high amounts of chlorine, it is almost a guarantee that you will completely remove your sunless tan.
7. Avoid acne products such as facial washes, body washes, spot treatments, masks and toners. This will speed up the fading process. Be on the look out for products that contain Benzoyl Peroxide and Salycic Acid.
8. Try using a gradual self tanner or a self tanning lotion to keep your tan looking fresh! We like Norvell's Prolong and Self Tanning Lotion with Bronzer.
9. Most importantly, wait as long as possible before taking your first shower. DHA can take up to 24 hours to develop, so the longer you wait the darker your tan will be and the longer it will last! It can also be helpful to take a water only shower for your first shower after your session. You may wash your hair, but it would be helpful to avoid using soap on your body for your first shower after you session.
Stay tan and have fun this summer!
And as always, stay cruelty free!