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What's in fake tan?

2 Min Read Friday 9th December 2011


Discover more about the ingredients in fake tan products.

An explanation of the fake tan ingredients that give you a flawless golden glow.

Thousands of people use fake tan everyday to brighten their complexion and provide an extra dose of self-confidence. A firm favourite for men and women, fake tan is a permanent fixture in many beauty regimes. Fake tan creates radiant, bronzed skin in a matter of hours with no harmful side effects.

But what is fake tan made of and how does it work? An ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the active component in sunless tanning products. This is the magic ingredient that causes the skin to bronze. When fake tan is applied to the skin, DHA reacts with the oxygen in the air and the amino acids on the uppermost level of the skin (the epidermis), causing it to gradually darken.

It takes just over a month for the skin cells in the epidermis to completely regenerate, but they are constantly being sloughed off every day. This is why a fake tan will last for about a week until it starts to slowly wear away. However, Sienna X post-tan care products can be lightly applied to areas of the body where the tan has started to fade to help prolong it for an extra few days.

In addition to DHA, the Sienna X Self Tan range contains an assortment of natural ingredients, including Aloe Vera, Pomegranate and Hyaluronic Acid, which are known for rejuvenating the skin, restoring elasticity and adding moisture to the dermis. Sunless tanning products do far more than bronze the skin; they make it feel softer, healthier and more hydrated.

Sienna X Self Tan Range
Sienna X Self Tan Range

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