How Fake Tan Works
The main ingredient in tanning products is DHA which contains a sugar derived from raspberry. When it comes into contact with the outermost layer of the skin, the sugar reacts with natural skin proteins (amino acids) and oxygen from the air which causes the reaction that turns our skin brown. Need to tan in a hurry? Try the NEW one hour tan by Sienna X, available at Frontlinestyle now!
Because the process only occurs on the top layer of skin, the tan then fades after 5-7 days in keeping with the normal skin shedding cycle.
An important thing to remember in regards to self-tanning is that everyone’s skin is different, and fake tan will react differently depending on your skin type. Sienna X have various different strengths to ensure the correct shade is used to suit you and your needs.
The day before your tan
Wax or shave any unwanted hair the day before applying your tan to allow pores plenty of time to close, tan in your pores will leave you with a ‘dotty’ finish
Paint your nails and toenails to prevent your nails and cuticles from being stained. Your therapist will also wipe over your nails at the end of your treatment to prevent this.
Buff away dead skin cells with an exfoliator to reveal the ultimate smooth base for your tan. Pay particular attention to dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet. Then use a moisturising body lotion to rehydrate your skin and leave your skin feeling silky and smooth.
On the day of your tan
Don’t apply deodorant, perfume or body lotion as these act as a barrier and stop self tan from developing properly.
Your therapist will apply a thin layer of moisturiser to dry areas only, such as elbows, knees and feet in order to prevent the tan grabbing onto dry skin.
Have some loose dark clothing on hand to put on afterwards whilst your tan develops.
Maintain your tan
Keep your skin hydrated; you can do this by drinking lots of water and by applying a moisturiser daily.
*Patch test required 48 hours before your appointment for all NEW Sienna X clients.*