Helpful Sunless Guidelines
Potentially Problematic Products and Procedures:
The following products and procedures may not affect everyone equally. Here is an instructions list of factors to consider when a sunless tan goes awry – causing a light, blotchy or quickly fading result.
• Do not use anti-acne products that exfoliate or dry the skin – accutane and salicylic acids may cause issues. Skin also peels, which can look unacceptable, especially with a tan. Antibiotics and other medications that affect your skin may also alter your tan.
• Do not use anti-aging products.
• Do not use toners containing Alcohols or Witch Hazel in higher amounts – examine the ingredient list. If either is in the top 3, problems may occur.
• Band-Aid or adhesive tape applied to skin will pull off the tan.
• Do not use bar soaps – especially deodorant or antibacterial varieties.
• Do not use BHA Products – Beta hydroxy acids, salicylic acids.
• Do not use body-hair bleach products.
• Do not use AHA products – Alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic, lactic, malic, citric and tartaric acids.
• Do not use insect spray, perfume, body spray – when applied directly onto skin, these elements can remove or fade the tan. As a substitute, we suggest to either spray clothing directly or disperse a “mist” of spray that you can walk through.
• A woman’s tan may develop differently during various hormonal changes; in the course of ovulation, menstruation or pregnancy. It may result as streaky, patchy, fade improperly or produce a lighter – or – no color outcome.
• Curél Lotion can unfavorably affect a sunless tan.
• Dove soap, Dove shower gel, Victoria’s Secrets, Bath & Body Works can accelerate a tan to fade faster on some customers.
• Do not use facial masks and exfoliating scrubs.
• Hair-inhibiting lotions (Jergens etc.) tend to make a sunless tan turn yellow.
• If you exercise and sweat heavily, your tan may fade more rapidly – especially in arm, knee and between breasts body-fold areas.
• During winter months, skin is often very dry which can make a tan expeditiously fade. We suggest applying Infinity Sun Extender hydrating moisturizer twice daily – directly on damp skin after showering and just before bedtime.
• Do not use wax or depilatory hair removal products (Nair, Veet, Neet etc.).
• Do not use pore type adhesive facial strips or “peel-off” masks.
• People with oily skin tend to develop a lighter tan than people with dry skin. While skin oils can coat the skin, dry skin absorbs products faster and can look darker.
• Retin-A type products (Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, Tretinoin) will cause faster fading.
• Shaving exfoliates your skin and can fade a tan. Do not use a dull razor, as it scrapes off more skin – and consequently – your tan. If shaving is necessary, we suggest using a sharp, clean razor along with a lubricating product. Hair conditioner works nicely and usually won’t interfere with your tan. To finish, wash off the conditioner.
• Do not use makeup-remover cleaning products or oils used to clean away eye makeup.
• Hot tubs or swimming pools contain chlorine that can act to bleach skin – thick, waterproof sunscreen lotions like Bullfrog can help protect skin. Long, hot baths can soften the skin and affect the tan on some people.
• Sweating feet inside footwear or behind knees and arm bends can fade a tan faster, or make the color look greenish or yellowish. Powder those areas with Gold Bond talcum powder.
• Do not bathe or shower using a loofah, scrub brush, exfoliating gloves or any other abrasive body cleansing item. Simply use your hands to gently wash your skin. Friction is a sunless tan killer.