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What is Spray Tanning and How Does It Work?

Spray tanning involves applying an active ingredient, dihyrdaoxycetone (DHA), using a specialist low-pressure spray gun.  DHA is a colourless sugar, which interacts naturally with your skins amino acids to produce a golden brown colour.  You will be sprayed with a lightly coloured DHA solution, but the actual tan takes 8 hours to develop.


Is It Safe?

YES!  It is much safer than exposing your skin to the sun's rays.  DHA has been approved by the FDA for use in the personal care industry for over 30 years.  No adverse effects have been reported.  If you have experienced allergic reactions to self-tanning or other beauty products, arrange a skin patch test prior to your tan.  As well as DHA, all products are enriched with aloe vera and other natural high quality ingredients to actively moisturise and nourish you skin and they smell nice too.


What Do I Do Before My Tan?

To get the best from your tan you need to remove all your dead skin cells by exfoliating allowing the DHA to get to work on new skin, meaning the tan will last longer.  Moisturiser, make up deodorants and perfume will prohibit absorption and should be removed before your tan.  The night before your tan exfoliate with SIENNA ROUGH IT UP, SMOOTH IT OFF EXFOLIATOR and then moisturise your body, paying particular attention to knees, elbows, ankles and problem areas.  

  • Paint your nails and toe nails with either a clear or a coloured nail polish.
  • Wax or shave AT LEAST 24 hours before your tan.
  • DO NOT moisturise your skin or use any skin lotions, on the day of your tan.
  • Ensure all make up, deodorant and perfumes are removed prior to your tan.
  • Bring or wear loose dark clothing to put on after your tan, including loose shoes, or flip flops

What Do I Do After My Tan?

DO NOT shower or bath for at least 8 hours after your tan even if you think you are looking very dark as this is just a guide colour.

  • DO NOT exercise or swim during the development period.
  • Try not to touch your skin during the development period or for at least an hour after.
  • After showering/bathing PAT DRY ONLY.
  • Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise, morning and night.  Use SIENNA MAKE IT LAST top up tan moisturiser, with 3% DHA, to extend the length of your tan.  REMEMBER to wash your hands after use.
  • Long exposure to water and sweating from exercise will fade your tan.
  • Repeat exfoliation process when you require another tan or when your skin starts to shed dead skin cells, to avoid any patchy marks