Sunless tanning is a fantastic alternative for anyone to have
a realistic, natural looking tan, without being exposed to the
sun. It's perfect for those who have issues with UV exposure,
or it can be used in combination with UV tanning, for accelerated
It's suitable for all skin types and recommended by dermatologists
as a safe way to achieve a tan.
Arriving anywhere, beautifully tanned, gives you the benefit
of added confidence, especially on those occasions when you need
to reveal more skin.
Sunless tans are possible because of an ingredient called DHA
(dihydroxyacetone), a derivative of sugar cane.
Sunless tanning products and solutions are formulated to work
with the body's chemistry to darken the top layer of skin,
and then fade gradually, as our skin cells shed, naturally. DHA
oxidizes with proteins in the skin, much the same way that a
peeled apple turns brown when exposed to air.
DHA is approved
for medical, and topical cosmetic use by the FDA and the solutions
are safe and non-toxic. The effect develops only in the top layer
of the skin during a 4-8 hour processing time, and can last an
average of 5-7 days.
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The History of Sunless...
Sunless tanning was discovered by accident almost 40 years ago
when a researcher named Eva Wittgenstein, was studying the effects
of dihydroxyacetone (DHA), on children who had glycogen storage
disease. The children spit up some of the liquid concentrate
and it splashed on their skin. A few hours later, brown spots
appeared where the splashes had been wiped away, and then gradually
faded in 5-7 days.
One of the first cosmetic uses of DHA to produce a tan was
a product called QT back in the 1960's. Problems in the
early days of sunless tanning products, like orange colour tones
and streaking, were mainly due to varying concentrations of less
pure forms of DHA, as well has incorrect levels of dyes and iron
Another common complaint about earlier self tanning products
was the offensive scent. This was due to the breakdown of inferior
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Improved ingredients and years of research have since lengthened
the shelf life of today's products, and natural fragrances
have made them much more appealing.
A few years ago formulations, and the way in which they were
delivered, changed dramatically. The products and solutions we
use at Kix Tanning contain more measured concentrations of higher
quality DHA, and the addition of erythrulose, to help produce
a more realistic tan. Erythrulose is a naturally occurring keto-sugar
which is found in various fruits and roots and when added to
formulations, the tans appear browner. Our sunless solutions
also contain moisturizing Aloe Vera and vitamins A, E and C.
We offer two of the best methods to achieve the perfect sunless
tan for you....
- The "Autobronzer" by California Tan....An innovation
in automated sunless tan systems and voted "Best Spray
Tan". (Click for Details)....
- B. Brown Airbrush Tanning .... An esthetic service, applied
by a professional technician. (Click
We also carry a full range of quality sunless – self
tanning products for at home use.
When you decide which method is best suited for you, call the
professionals at Kix Tanning 604-737-1101 to schedule an appointment.
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- A sunless tan gives you no protection from the sun,
like a UV tan. Use sunscreen, like you would normally, without
- Your sunless tan takes 6-8 hours to process completely.
Closer to the end of your processing time, you will appear darker
and perhaps a little too dark for your liking. Don't panic,
your final result will be more natural once you shower off the
- Normal washing will remove the colour of the topical
bronzer from most bed linens, and washable clothing. To avoid
any possibility of staining, during the processing time, avoid
wearing fabrics made of wool, nylon, or silk, or sitting on light
coloured leather with bare skin.
- It is normal, during your first shower, to see the
topical bronzer washing off. What is left behind will be a
natural looking tan.
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Prepare, for Optimum Results.
Simplified, it's as easy as shower and scrub your skin,
then wait 6-8 hours after a sunless treatment before you get
wet or moisturize again, but the following are more detailed
instructions to help you get the most for your money, and the
Shave, and have any waxing done at least one day prior to your
Having clean, exfoliated skin is an important step before any
sunless treatment, to smooth, and even out your skin's
texture. Exfoliation is the process of sloughing off dead cells
and flakes from the top layer of your skin in the bath or shower
with a loufa, shower puff, or exfoliating gloves.
sunless results, shower or bath using an oil-free exfoliating
scrub with a rough face cloth, or puff, and rub in circular motions,
paying particular attention to rough areas like, elbows, knees,
Do not use salt/oil or sugar/oil based exfoliates, unless you
shower again before tanning to remove the film they leave behind
on your skin A great product choice, and our favourite at Kix
is, Sunless Primer by California Tan, because it is specially
formulated for sunless applications.
You can apply a water-based moisturizer after exfoliating, providing
it's at least two hours prior to your appointment, especially
if you're experiencing dry skin.
If you don't have acrylic or gel nails, apply a coat of
nail polish or use the supplied barrier cream on bare nail beds,
to protect from possible discolouration.
Remove any deodorant, perfumes, foundation, oil based moisturizers,
and jewellery before your session. You can wear eye liner and
mascara, also lip coverage is recommended.
Wear loose dark clothing after your session, and until your
tan is set. Flip flops on the feet are a good choice. Don't
wear tight socks or tight boots right after getting a full body
tan, as it could cause a tan line where they rub.
Wait at least 6-8 hours after
your session before you shower, moisturize, swim, exercise
or get any esthetic services done
i.e. pedicures, manicures or hair.
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Enhance and Extend Your Colour
After your first shower, moisturize your skin daily with a water-based
moisturizer, and re-apply after swimming, exercising, or any
prolonged exposure to water.
Tan Extenders are an excellent way
to either intensify your colour, or even out results. These are
typically moisturizers with a small amount of DHA. The best ones
are sold professionally, and can be used three ways:
- Tan Extenders can be applied right
after your first shower, if you want to darken and intensify
your new tan,
- Or starting a few days after your sunless treatment,
to lengthen the amount of days you keep your colour,
- Or used
daily without a base tan, as you would a moisturizer, to gradually
build up a tanned appearance. Our favourites are Tan Extender
by California Tan, or Hempz Shimmer Bronze Herbal Moisturizer
Moisturizing is always important to help maintain a sunless
tan, but more so if you have dry skin, flaky patches, or for
anyone during periods of especially hot or cold dry weather.
Also, because an aircraft's air has very little humidity,
and passengers are not allowed any liquids onboard a
plane, we recommend moisturizing before your flight to prevent
your skin from feeling dry in mid air.
After a sunless treatment avoid scrubbing your skin with anything
rough like a loufa, and don't use any exfoliating facial or body
scrubs until your ready to prepare for your next sunless treatment,
to preserve your tan.
Frequent use of hot tubs or chlorinated swimming pools will
diminish your tan sooner.
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