How self-tanning products work

If you want to have a tanned skin all year round and you don't want to be exposed to the sun, and at the same time you are interested in how exactly self-tanning products work, then you are in the right place. With accelerated tanning products, you can achieve the desired color only when exposed to the sun, while this is not the case with self-tanning products. How exactly they work, find out below.

What is DHA and how does it work?

By carefully observing the ingredients, you will discover in the list of SUPER Tan self-tanning products an ingredient called dihydroxyacetone or DHA for short. This active substance is actually a derivative of sugar, and it works by reacting with amino acids in the stratum corneum, i.e. the surface part of the skin that temporarily changes color. It is a completely safe procedure that takes place in the uppermost layer of the skin.

The longevity of the tan will depend on the skin type and hydration status, as well as how much the product was applied and how many times it was used. After just one application, the difference will be quite noticeable. It is best to let the color develop overnight for 6 to 8 hours. In about seven to ten days, the color will begin to fade. You can use self-tanning products multiple times to achieve the desired effect. You can also use them to maintain the color after the summer or annual vacation spent in warmer regions.

Do I need SPF afterwards?

In short, yes! Every time you go out in the sun, applying a cream with protection is mandatory. Even after using self-tanning products and getting color. Darker skin does not mean that it is more resistant to harmful UVA and UVB sun rays. We always strongly recommend that you also apply a cream with a factor in addition to the application of the accelerated tanning product. With products from the SUPER Carrot and SUPER Olive collection, the color will be slightly slower compared to self-tanning products. However, this will of course depend on the type of skin, as well as the period spent in the sun.

How to prepare the skin

When using self-tanning products, it is extremely important to exfoliate the entire body 24 hours before and to hydrate the skin well. This way, you will definitely avoid potential stains on your body or uneven reception of self-tanning products on your skin. Uniform skin texture is the basis on which you will quickly achieve a harmonious color. After that, you can maintain the bronze complexion by applying lotion or body oil, and it's always a good idea to complete the look with glitter.