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The main active ingredient within all fake tan products is known as Dihydroxyacetone or DHA. DHA and other added ingredients within tanning solutions may cause certain irritation to some individuals. We always recommended a preliminary patch test by applying a small amount of product to your skin. Wait 24 hrs to assess if the product is compatible for the individual.
Below, I have listed the 10 top tips on how to best prepare for a fake tan, either Spray tans or Foams.
- Avoid deodorants or powders or any other additional fragrances applied to the skin’s surface.
- Prior to the application of your fake tan, shave and gently exfoliate the skin’s surface ensuring that you focus on your knees, ankles, toes, elbows, heels and any other calcified or rough areas on your body. However, if you have sensitive skin, prepare 24 hours earlier to reduce any skin sensitivities.
- Most tanning applications are applied nude to reduce the effects of uneven tanning lines caused from underwear or other items of clothing. After the application of your tan, it is recommended that you wear loose style underwear (such as boxer shorts) or simply arrive/leave ‘Commando style.
- Hydrate your body. Drink water, and then drink some more. Evidence shows that when we drink more water our skin changes for the positive.
- Moisturise your skin daily. However, on the day of your fake tan only moisturise your knees, ankles, toes, elbows, heels and any other calcified or rough areas on your body.
- Eat healthy.
- Avoid alkaline PH based soaps. Microfibre by itself is amazing for gently and effectively cleansing the skin without drying or irritating the skin.
- Avoid smoking – easier said than done I’ve been told, but direct and passive smoking has a detrimental effect on your skin.
- Wear loose-style clothing wherever possible. Anything abrasive against the skin is, well, abrasive.
- To reduce splash up, empty your bladder before the fake tan is applied and dry the areas thoroughly.