Sunjunkie Tanning FAQ?s

Q. What is the best fake tan available?

A: Our best selling most popular self tanning product is the award winning Sunjunkie Tanning Mist that was used at the New York Fashion Week. The Sunjunkie self tanning mist has a superior reputation for creating a flawless complexion and is infused with the iconic body sculpting technology to create the ultimate colour.

Q. How do self tanners work?  

A: The main tanning agent used in all self-tanning formulas is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This ingredient does not produce a real tan by increasing the skins melanin levels, rather it creates a tanned appearance by developing a brown colour on the surface of the skin.

The development of the colour takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and the intensity of tan is dependent upon the DHA percentage in the product as well as each tanners individual skin type. The colour developed by the DHA usually lasts 5 to 7 days and begins to fade as the top layer of the skin naturally sheds, this is why it is really important to moisturise regularly in the days following your tan to prolong the life of your tan. We recommend our lock your tan in after care tan extending moisturiser.

Q. How long does fake tan last?  

A: On average your self tan should last between 5-7 days. The life of a fake tan depends on the type of fake tanning application; the skins natural shedding process, and the skincare routine used before and after application. We have some fabulous pre and post tan care products including exfoliators, tan safe shower gels and gradual tanning products to top up your tan.

Q. How long does a spray tan last?

A: A professional spray tan eg: a sunless tan received at a salon or spa, will last longer than a home application as there is usually a greater percentage of DHA used.

A home application (lotions, sprays, mousse, etc.) = 4-7 days (dependant on skin type and pre and post tan care)

Professional spray tan = 5 to 10 days (dependant on skin type and pre and post tan care)

The life of your spray or self  tan also depends on your skins natural shedding process. The faster your skin sheds -the faster the spray or self tan will fade. 

The tan created by the DHA affects only the top layer of the skin and will begin to fade after 4 to 7 days as the skin naturally begins to shed.

Following a good skin care routine pre and post self tanning will help a self tan last longer. Exfoliating prior to a self tanning application and keeping skin moisturized afterwards are essential. Self tan-extending products with a lower amount of DHA will help hydrate skin and maintain even, natura looking tan for longer.

Q. Do you sell fast developing fake tan?

A: Yes, our Sunjunkie express tanning range is our fastest developing fake tan. Achieve a tan in just 2 hours. This is available as a mousse, or mist. We also offer express rapid developing spray tanning solution that develops in just under 2 hours. 

Q. What is the Darkest Fake Tan?

A: Our darkest fake tan that we sell is from our Sunjunkie Deliciously Dark Collection. Our deliciously dark tanning mousse is one of the darkest and most natural looking fake tans available and was used at the New York Fashion Week

Our darkest spray tanning solution is the Sunjunkie 14% spray tanning solution available in our 3 best selling formulas. We also sell spray tan booster drops to increase the percentage and colour of your spray tan solution.

Q. How long should I wait after using a self tanning product before I shower?  

A: DHA takes approximately 8- 16 hours to fully develop. You will obtain the best results if you can avoid showering until the day after your self tanning application. If you must shower you should wait a minimum of 6 hours after the application.

You can achieve a faster result by using our Express tanning products with more accelerating and penetrating ingredients to speed up the tanning process. Ask the team for more information.

When showering we highly recommend using our tan safe shower gel which will not strip your tan. Many soaps and shower gels are far too harsh and can prematurely strip your tan.

Q. Why is keeping your skin moisturised important to maintaining a great tanning result?  

A: It is important to keep skin moisturised after self  tanning as dry, flaky skin will shed off faster and your tan will fade quicker. You basically want to slow down your bodys natural skin shedding process.

Q. Will the colour from a spray or self  tanning application come off on my clothes?  

A: If you are using a spray or self tanning product with a cosmetic bronzer some of the colour may rub off on to clothing or bed linen. This is most likely to happen when you get dressed immediately after tanning. Most of the time this can be easily washed out of your clothes, materials to be extra cautious with are wool and lycra.

To minimize the chance of the colour transferring to clothing, we recommend that you wear loose fitting, darker clothes after your tanning application. Try to refrain from physical exersize that could result in you sweating until you shower and wash off the cosmetic bronzer.

We do offer cosmetic bronzer free  clear spray tanning solutions and self tanning products which dramatically reduces the risk of colour transfer on to clothes and bed linen.

We also add Eyrthulose which is used as a slow reacting tanning agent, very similar to DHA. Eyrthulose pro-longs the life of your tan.

Q. What is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone)?  

A. DHA is an acronym for Dihydroxyacetone.

DHA is an ingredient derived from sugar cane and beets, which reacts with the amino acids in the skin to create the darkening reaction or tan.

Q. What about the after-odour often associated with sunless tanning?  

A: We use ingredients which inhibit the after smell and you will love the fresh, clean fragrance of Sunjunkie products.

Q. What is a cosmetic bronzer?  

A. This is a component of a tanning product which gives an immediate colour for ease of application.

Ingredients used in tanning cosmetic bronzers are similar to those used in cosmetic foundations or bronzing powder. 

We have a full team of tanning experts who are happy to answer any questions. Call and have a chat with us: 0161 491 4499 or email us at: sales@sunjunkie.com