Exfoliation is a must!
Posted on September 19 2018
I have spoken about skin prep prior to bronzing your body, exfoliation is a must!
Now on to Hydrating the skin, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA in abbreviation terms) this ingredient is what makes the magic happen on the skin which stains the skin brown much like a suntan (but, without UV & UB rays from the sun). The chemical reaction with the skins amino acids and Dihydroxyacetone is called the Maillard reaction. DHA can be very drying to the skin (DHA comes in many different grades), the lower the grade the more drying on the skin and the more pungent the smell is, unfortunately, this DHA smell is part of the reaction of the Dihydroxyacetone and the skin. The higher grade of Dihydroxyacetone, it has less of that DHA smell. (this explanation is in short).
HYDRATING THE SKIN
The importance of hydrating your skin while tanning, as explained above DHA can be drying to the skin, the skin becomes dry the tan becomes dry and cracks.
Dry skin is thirsty skin!
The dryer the skin the quicker the skin will slough away, causing your tan to fade away faster, uneven and patchy.
In the sunless tanning world, we call this lizard skin, ewww…who wants to resemble a Gecko, says no one ever!
They are cute, though! I Love their smiles
When it comes to hydrating your skin and tan, use a body butter or check your ingredients on your moisturiser. A body butter is usually made with more natural ingredients so won’t strip your skin of its natural oils and won’t strip your tan. Some moisturisers do contain alcohol (which will be drying to the skin and tan) they can also contain ingredients that will cause your skin to exfoliate faster, hence your tan not lasting, we all want a long-lasting tan.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID WHEN SUNLESS TANNING
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA’s, the most common AHA’S are lactic acid and glycolic acid are water soluble) and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s, oil soluble) are exfoliants yes, they will give you smooth and younger looking skin but will also strip your tan as they remove the layer of dead surface skin.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) are detergents and surfactants that are widely used in personal care products and are drying to the skin, when sunless tanning use body/personal care products, (such as shampoo and body wash) that are SLS FREE and SLES FREE, SOAP FREE.
These ingredients stay away from when sunless tanning.
Tip: We don’t drink as much water during the winter months, so coming out of winter our bodies are dehydrated and so is our skin, we need to hydrate our bodies to hydrate our skin and also using a body butter/moisturiser on our skin to get it back to a hydrated state and keep it there for plumper, younger looking and of course for a greater looking sunless tan. To be continued.
Until next time!
Julie from Team Attantion.