It’s that time of year – autumn is here and before we know it our summer glowing skin will be replaced with a washed out winter pale. If you feel self-conscious about rocking a pale hue this winter then consider having a ‘fake tan’.

We all know that excessive exposure to ultra violet (uv) rays has negative health effects. Lying in the sun or using sun beds increases the risk of sunburn – increasing the risk of skin cancer and also accelerated ageing of the skin. It’s safer to fake it!

Fake tanning products have come a long way since they first hit the market. Gone are the days of looking a ‘deep shade of satsuma’ with orange patches and stained sheets. Gone too is the ‘oopa loompa’ dark tan – looking like the sunless tanner experiment gone wrong!

Winter 2015 things have changed – seeing celebrities/models favouring colour just a shade or two deeper than our winter complexions. A too dark/too orange tan is now seen as an unnatural ‘budget’ tan.

Winter 2015 It is now very ‘en-vogue’ to have a ‘pale fashion tan’ or ‘autumn tan’ that is a subtle glow – to look like your glowing from within.

How self tan works

Today, the majority of sunless tanning lotions, mousses, sprays and gels contain a safe sugar molecule called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which darkens skin tone.

The concentration of the DHA determines the darkness of the fake tan. DHA reacts with the amino acids present in dead cells on the surface of the skin to alter their colour, producing a yellow/brown tanned appearance.


We strongly recommend that you use tanning lotions/creams that are ‘massaged‘ in.

Whilst DHA is approved for use in lotions, and the tanning effect it produces is non-toxic, its use in spray tanning booths is a little more of a grey area. This is because it’s entirely possible that ingestion or inhalation of DHA could occur during the process.

1973 the FDA approved the use of DHA for the use of sunless tanning creams. The agency never imagined that DHA would be used in spray tanning, and cautioned that the chemical should not be inhaled or ingested.

On its web site, the FDA tells consumers that, “The use of DHA in ‘tanning’ booths as an all-over spray tan has not been approved by the FDA, since safety data to support this use has not been submitted to the agency for review and evaluation.”

How to pick the best self tan

Choose an organic self tan that can be massaged into the skin. Organic self tanners use a natural form of DHA that is kept at a lower safer % ensuring a nice natural glow.

Organic self tan is synthetic chemical free and will nourish and replenish dry skin.

Skin preparation

Step away from that self tan if you haven’t exfoliated first! Dry patches and flakes will cause your colour to streak. Thoroughly exfoliate your skin from head to toe before applying your tan. Skin prepping and finishing is as important as the colour you go for – there is no excuse for a bad tan! Moisturise any dry areas such as elbows, knees and heals to ensure that the tan does not cling.

Eco Tan

Professional Tan – Salon Treatments

Here at Sunshine For The Soul – Beauty Therapy & Organic Skincare – we provide Eco by Sonja ‘Eco Tan’ – a Luxurious Spa Tan treatment. It is generously blended with avocado and Rose geranium oils to instantly hydrate dry skin – providing a natural streak free glowing tan. We are proud to be the first salon in the north of England to offer Australia’s #1 Certified Organic Tan & Body Care Range.

Eco by Sonja is 100% natural. 100% Vegan. 100% Beautiful.

Call us: 01253 365208 To book your appointment or for further info: view our ‘Luxury Organic Tan’ page.

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