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What is spray tanning?

A spray tan is exactly what it sounds like. A tan effect, that you get from being sprayed with a cosmetic lotion – rather than exposing your skin to the harmful effects of the sun. It’s simple, quick and extremely effective. And, of course, entirely safe. This is why it has become so very popular in recent years.

The active ingredients in the tanning lotions are called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is a sugar (without colour) that interacts directly with the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of your skin to produce a gorgeous golden brown colour.

So, sunless tanning… What is it and how exactly does it work?

Sunless tanning products are centred around an active ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (commonly known as DHA) reacting with your skin. DHA is a sugar (without colour) that interacts directly with the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of your skin, the epidermis, to produce a gorgeous golden brown colour.

When applying your sunless tan, a tanning product containing a lightly coloured solution of DHA will be applied all over the body, before being showered off when your actual tan has developed.

Importantly, is it safe?

Spray tanning and fake tanning are MUCH safer than revealing your skin to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. It may not last as long, but you still get a great ‘healthy-looking’ tan. Remember, with a sunless tan there is no risk of sunburn, peeling, sunstroke or, more importantly, long-term skin diseases and problems.

If I use sunless tanning, will it streak or turn me orange?

Fake tanning has evolved endlessly since it first emerged on the market. Our products have been developed using modern, specialist technology which seeks to eliminate these issues. Following our pre and post tanning guides will help ensure that you’ll be left with a natural sun-kissed look and long lasting results.

How dark will the final colour be?

This depends on how you naturally tan. If you tan easily in the sun, the darker you will tan with sunless tanning products. Sienna X has 5 shades to choose from, from lightly bronzed to deep tan to suit your skin tone. If you’d like a deep and dark sunless tan, apply a second application of your Sienna X tan 24 hours after the first application (allowing the first layer to develop). Please see Sienna X for more details.


Will my sunless tan last?

Your tan will last between 5 and 7 days depending on your daily skincare regime and lifestyle. A sunless tan, just like a natural tan from the sun, fades as your skin sheds dead cells. The better you look after your tan, the longer it will last and the better the fade-off will be. We recommend moisturising your skin with Sienna X’s Radiance Body Balm twice daily. Our gorgeous, award-winning Gradual Glowing Self Tan is a DHA rich moisturiser, which will help maximise the longevity of your tan. For more information on prolonging your tan, click here.

Can I use sunbeds or sunbathe with my Sienna X tanning products applied?

Yes, but remember that a sunless tan is a great alternative to using sunbeds or sunbathing. If you choose to tan in the sun or on sunbeds, we recommend using SPF20 or higher when outdoors, to protect your skin from the sun.

I’m pregnant – can I still use Sienna X products?

To put it simply, yes, you can… with restrictions. Pregnant ladies can still use tanning products, but we always recommend avoiding the use of fake tan during the first trimester of pregnancy. Some therapists may not be insured to tan you at all, so check for your own safety.