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Products to Avoid

This is a list of commonly used body care products that can have a detrimental effect on a spray tan. This is not all-inclusive. Not everyone will have a problem with these items. This is only a guide.

The following products can lighten or make a sunless tan blotchy:

  • a women’s tan may develop differently during various hormonal changes (ovulation,menstruation, pregnancy) It may be streaky, patchy, fade worse, or produce lighter or no color
  • AHA products (Alpha Hydroxy Acids -Glycolic, Lactic, Malic, Citric and Tartaric acids)
  • Anti-acne products that exfoliate, or dry the skin- Accutane, and Salicylic acid, can affect tan fading. Skin also peels, which can look unacceptable, especially with a tan. Antibiotics or other medications that affect your skin, can also affect your tan
  • Anti-aging products that "renew" "refresh" or otherwise exfoliate skin
  • Band-Aid or adhesive tape applied to skin will pull the "tan" off
  • Bar soaps, especially deodorant, or antibacterial varieties
  • BHA Products (Beta Hydroxy Acids-salicylic acid)
  • Body hair bleach products will bleach the tan, non bleach skin lighteners are fine
  • Bore type adhesive facial strips, or “peel-off” masks
  • Bug spray, perfumes, body sprays when sprayed directly onto skin, can remove or fade the tan. Instead, spray clothing, or spray a "cloud" of spray that you can walk through, instead of directly onto skin
  • Soap will fade a tan faster, on some people
  • Facial masks and exfoliating scrubs
  • Hair Inhibiting Lotions tend to make a sunless tan yellow
  • If you exercise and sweat heavily your tan can fade faster, especially in body fold areas. (arm bends, knee bends, between breasts etc.)
  • In winter skin is often very dry, and tan will fade faster. Switch to twice daily moisturizer use. Use a lotion after showering on damp skin. Try a heavier body cream, or butter, just before bed. Butter can also be used twice daily. Regular light exfoliation can be helpful
  • Makeup remover cleaning products, or oils used to clean away eye makeup
  • Pat dry in the shower, don’t rub
  • People with oily skin tend to develop a lighter tan then people with dry skin. The oils can coat the skin, dry skin absorbs more products faster, so can look darker
  • Retin-A type products (Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, Tretinoin)- all will cause faster fading
  • Shaving exfoliates skin, so fades tan. Use a sharp clean razor, with a lubricating product, A dull razor scrapes off more skin and "tan". An electric razor or epilator will fade tan less
  • Submersion in hot tub or swimming pool (an application of a thick waterproof lotion sun block helps) Even a long hot bath can all affect the "tan" on some people
  • Sweating feet inside shoes or behind knees and arm bends can fade a tan faster, or make the color guide look greenish or yellowish
  • Toners containing Alcohols or Witch Hazel in the top three ingredients listed can lighten tan
  • Use of a loofa, scrub, mitt, etc. for daily washing. (Use a soft washcloth or "soft” poof for daily use)
  • Wax or Depilatory hair removal products
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