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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of your FAQs answered
What is Natural DHA and why is it important?
DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is the active ingredient in all tanning products that stimulates your skin to produce a sun kissed glow – without the sun!
There are many different varieties and qualities of DHA available ranging from naturally derived to synthetic. The one chosen ultimately affects the quality of the product and the colour that develops. Oztan products contain the highest grade available of naturally derived DHA made from plant sugars to ensure the most authentic natural tan is always achieved.
DHA is a clear ingredient that can’t be seen when first sprayed onto the skin. The DHA stimulates the amino acids (protein) within the surface layer of the skin (epidermis) to produce brown colour pigments known as Melanoidins. The pigments start to become visible within as little as 30 minutes and continue to darken for up to 24 hours – even after the DHA has been washed off. These colour pigments can’t be washed off but fade away slowly just like with a real sun tan.
DHA has been approved for cosmetic use by the FDA since the 1970s and is considered safe when applied topically by the Skin Cancer Foundation www.skincancer.org
Because DHA is clear when first sprayed onto the skin Oztan includes a Cosmetic Bronzer in our spray tan products to work as a colour guide so the technician can see where she is spraying. This bronzer is made from food quality colours that simply rinse off when you shower to reveal the long term tan processing from the DHA.
Are Oztan solutions Green, Violet or Olive base?
Professional Spray Tan Solutions have two main features.
1. DHA – (Dihydroxyacetone)
A clear active tanning ingredient that can’t be seen when first sprayed onto the skin. DHA stimulates the protein within the skin to produce brown colour pigments known as Melanoidins. These pigments become visible between 1 – 4 hours after your spray tan and do not wash off but fade away slowly just like a real tan.
2. Cosmetic Bronzer
Because the active tanning ingredient DHA is clear when first sprayed onto the skin we have included a Cosmetic Bronzer to work as a colour guide so the technician can see where she is spraying. This bronzer is made from food quality colours that simply rinse off when you shower to reveal the long term tan processing from the DHA.
Oztan has worked tirelessly to develop a bronzer that matches the colour of naturally olive skin so there’s no need to go home and hide while your tan is processing. Simply carry on with your day whether at work or play.
When a Professional Tanning Solution is referred to as being of a certain colour base for example green or violet, it is the bronzer or colour guide that is being referred to which has NO impact on the final colour result of your tan because it washes off. It is the quality and percentage of DHA contained in the Professional Tanning Solution that affects the long term colour of the tan.
How to Choose the right Oztan Spray Tan colour for my client?
Choosing the right Oztan professional solution for your client and ensuring they prepare and maintain their tan is very important.
The secret is in listening to your client’s expectations, observing your client’s base skin colour (or starting colour) and using your product knowledge and experience with using Oztan Professional Solutions to know what can be achieved.
The depth of colour that develops is determined by the percentage of DHA in the product. A lower percentage of DHA will develop less depth than a higher percentage of DHA.
Therefore a client with fair skin, hoping to achieve a dark tan, may need a higher percentage of DHA than a person with naturally olive skin who just wants to even out skin tone and add a little depth.
How do I prepare for the application of an Oztan Professional Spray Tan or Self Tan?
Skin preparation is essential to ensuring you achieve a natural flawless tan. Follow these simple steps-
It’s best to wax or shave the day before application.
Thoroughly exfoliate your body with Oztan’s Spa Exfoliator Mitt paying special attention to any dry areas and arrive at your session freshly showered. This is the most important stage in producing a flawless finish.
Don’t wear heavy make-up, body moisturiser or deodorant. Antiperspirants containing aluminium will leave a lighter section where the antiperspirant has been.
Wear loose dark clothing to your spray tan session. For the actual spray wear a bikini or g-string – It is up to you if you opt for tan lines or no tan lines.
How can I extend the life of my tan?
Skin preparation prior to tanning and following these simple steps will help maintain and ensure your tan fades slowly and evenly.
Do not shower, get wet or exercise for at least 2 hours after your spray tan session. Once rinsed off lightly pat dry and apply a generous layer of Oztan Kakadu Plum Moisturiser to lock in your tan. Your tan will continue to develop even after you have showered for up to 24 hours.
Your tan will last longer on well-hydrated skin so moisturise daily with Oztan Kakadu Plum Moisturiser 200ml.
Oztan Tan Building Moisturiser 200ml is the ideal product partner to nourish, top up colour and extend your tan. Also recommended to encourage tan longevity and keep your skin glowing is Oztan Tan Extend shower Gel 250ml and Oztan Kakadu Plum Body Mosituriser 200ml.
Soaking in the bath, chlorinated pools or using SLS containing soap and body wash will strip your skin and cause your tan to fade fast. Wash with Oztan’s SLS free Tan Extend Shower Gel 250ml made with natural plant based cleansers to ensure your tan is gently maintained and not stripped away.
Oztan does not contain a sunscreen and won’t protect you against sunburn – so take the usual precautions.
When to shower after an Oztan Professional Spray Tan?
It’s best not to get wet or exercise until it’s time to rinse off 1 – 3 hours after your spray tan session depending on the solution used.
Once rinsed off lightly pat dry and apply a generous layer of Oztan Kakadu Plum Moisturiser to lock in your tan. Your tan will continue to develop even after you have showered for up to 24 hours.
Wash with Oztan’s SLS free Tan Extend Shower Gel 250ml made with natural plant based cleansers to ensure your tan is gently maintained and not stripped away.
Do I need to shower 4-6 hours after applying my Self Tanning Moisturiser 200ml?
No you don’t need to wash off your Oztan Self Tanning Moisturiser 200ml. Simply shower as usual. To prolong the life of your tan and keep your skin hydrated it’s best to moisturise daily with Oztan Kakadu Plum Body Moisturiser 200ml and shower with Oztan Tan Extend Shower Gel 250ml.
I have sensitive skin, can I still have an Oztan Professional Spray Tan?
Oztan’s tanning products are water based and do not contain alcohol, they are therefore suitable for people with sensitive skin and/or eczema. Vitamin E and Allantoin will soothe sensitive skin however, if you do have sensitive skin we always recommend a skin patch test. If there is no reaction within 24hours, then you should be fine to have a Professional Spray Tan or apply your Self Tan or Tan Build Moisturiser.
Can I be spray tanned if I am pregnant?
Yes you can, however as a precaution we suggest you seek permission from your doctor before having a spray tan. If you are breastfeeding it is important to ensure the nipple area is clean and free from any tanning product.
How often should I moisturise after my Oztan Professional Spray Tan?
2-4 hours after your tanning session, shower then apply a generous layer of Oztan’s Kakadu Plum Body Moisturiser 200ml. Your tan will last longer on well-hydrated skin so moisturise daily. To extend your spray tan and minimize total loss of colour in-between spray tans use Oztan’s Tan Building Moisturiser 200ml.
After applying an Oztan Self Tanning or Tan Building Moisturiser, do I still need to wear sunscreen?
Yes! Oztan products do not contain a sunscreen and won’t protect you against sunburn – so take the usual precautions.
Will Oztan Professional Tanning Products stain my clothes?
What should I wear after my tanning session?
Wear loose dark clothing directly after application. Tight clothing may rub some of the spray tan solution off during the processing phase causing an uneven tan.
Are Oztan Self Tanning products natural?
Yes, they are naturally plant based and contain NO Parabens, NO Propylene Glycol, NO Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and NO synthetic fragrances.
Why are Parabens, Propylene Glycol and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate bad for me and my skin?
The most widely used preservaties in personal care products, some research has indicated that Parabens mimic Oestrogen and may be linked to breast cancer. Oztan has therefore chosen not to include any form of Parabens in our products. Alternatively Oztan products contain a combination of both natural and alternate synthetic preservatives such as Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citic Acid and Vitamin E in low quantities ranging from 0.1% – 1%. Preservatives are necessary, especially in water-based products to retard the growth of harmful fungus and bacteria thereby providing reasonable shelf life to products stored at room temperature.
It is a common ingredient in cosmetics and and personal care products. It is used to prevent the product from melting or freezing and has been known to be a strong skin and eye irritant. Oztan’s products therefore do not contain Propylene Glycol.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
Is a synthetic surfactant (detergent) widely used in many shampoos and personal care products. It is an irritant that harshly strips the skin and hair. Oztan Tan Extend Shower Gel 250ml is made from natural plant based cleansers and is SLS Free to ensure your skin and tan are gently maintained and not stripped away.
Is a synthetic man made silicone oil that is very common in hair products, moisturisers and makeup. Manufacturers like it because it makes products easily spreadable, so you get that feeling of the lotion or cream gliding over your skin. Although FDA approved, Dimethicone leaves an artificial coating on the skin and is non biodegradable. Oztan products do not contain dimethicone.
Are Oztan products tested on animals?
No, they are definitely not tested on animals.
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