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Tanning Tips & FAQs
Tanning Tips
Before tanning:
  • You should shower and exfoliate your entire body before your tanning application to avoid streaking.
  • Do not use antiperspirants, lotions, fragrances and deodorants as they may react with your SoShells tan.
  • Avoid wearing light-coloured clothing. Instead wear dark, loose clothing on the day of tanning.
After tanning:
  • Applying the tanning solution takes around 10 minutes and feels dry almost immediately. Your tan will develop within the first 2-3 hours.
  • Application of SoShells Tan Saver will moisturize and maintain your tan for longer, using botanical tan enhancers.
  • Our tanning solution will not stain clothing. In most cases, any slight rub-off should come out in the wash. There is a possibility that some staining may occur on some light-coloured leather, acrylic or other sensitive fabrics.
  • To protect your tan and give you best possible results, you should avoid the following within the first few hours after application:
    1. Swimming (especially heavily chlorinated pools, saunas & spas)
    2. Physical exercise that produces sweating
    3. Wearing tight fitting clothing
    4. Contact with water
    5. Applying any cream or lotion on the skin that contains exfoliants eg AHAs
Frequently Asked Questions
How do self tanners work on a chemical level?
The protein of the skin reacts with the DHA (dihydroxyacetone) to form a brown colouration. It is similar in some ways to the natural brown colour that develops when an apple is cut and left for a while. The colour is stable, but will flake off with the surface of the skin over a few days. The colour does NOT protect you against sunburn.

Why do some self tanners go brown and others orange?
Sometimes this is the self-tanner formulation - it may not be stable, or may have the wrong pH, but often it is the person's skin. Some people are more likely to develop a yellow/orange colour.

Is there a way to avoid the orange look?
Erythrulose combined with the DHA will often give a more natural-looking brown colour. Making sure the formula is stable and well-balanced also helps.

A new ingredient erythalose is being used in many new tanners to make the tan last longer...what is it and how does it work?
Erythrulose is similar to DHA. It is a larger molecule and can be more gentle on the skin. Sometimes the colour produced is longer-lasting and more natural-looking than with DHA alone.

What percentage of people are allergic to DHA?
Very, very few people are allergic to DHA. However there are some people with more sensitive skin who are more likely to have a slight irritation reaction to the DHA.

Can people who are allergic to DHA use this?
If someone is genuinely allergic to DHA (not just sensitive skin) they should not use ANY product containing DHA.

Why do self tanners dry the skin out?
This is not true of all self-tanners. Some contain large amounts of ethanol, or insuffucient moisturisers.

What is the future of self tan?
As people become more aware of the dangers of sunburn - skin cancer, early ageing etc - the market for self-tanners is likely to increase.
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