Tanning Terms Explained

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When you go to a tanning salon to get a little colour through the winter or to help keep the natural colour that you get from the sun, you might not know about some of the terms that you hear talked about. It’s important to know of some of these terms so that you safely tan or use the chemicals at home to tan yourself.

Guide Color
MINE tan often adds color to the formula that you use, so don’t be surprised if your skin is a little darker than expected the first time or two that you tan. This is normal, and your skin will get lighter. It is beneficial because it will help you to see where the product has been added and where you might need to add more of the product. When the tan has completely developed, you will see that the color guide goes away.

Developing Time
Don’t expect that you will see results on the skin as soon as you apply a tanning solution. It takes time for the product to work. Amino acids in your skin will react with the chemicals in the tannin solutions to give you the color that you will see. It takes anywhere from six to eight hours for the tanning solution to completely develop on the skin, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait until the afternoon or evening to see darker skin after applying in the morning. When you wash the solution off, you will see a lighter shade that will be close to what you expected.

DHA
This is the sugar that triggers the tan that will develop on your skin. Only the top layers of the skin are affected by the DHA. The cells on the skin will shed, and you will end up with a lighter tan as more layers flake off. DHA will cause the top layers of the skin to turn brown. This is what you will see as soon as you apply the spray or liquid to the skin. This product is not toxic, and it’s not something that the skin will absorb. Most tans will last about a week when you apply sunless tanning products. You will find that there are various percentages of DHA in the products you use depending on the type of skin you have. The pores on the skin will only absorb a certain amount of the amino acid, so using more doesn’t mean that the tan will be darker.