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Digital Gift Vouchers are now available to purchase in our online shop.

Once purchased you will receive a PDF of your voucher for download. Please print the voucher and your order confirmation and present at the Salon/Gym. Voucher PDF can be emailed to you or to any email address chosen by you. Save time and money (no delivery costs). Switch to Digital Gift Voucher.

3 Healthy Tan Options at Slender Health Beauty

As the weather get warmer, we strip off the layers of clothes and we show off our body. The question arises, how to get a glowing tan without the sun. If you feel confused with all the self-tan options available read our blog where I explain how false tan works, the benefits of an in salon treatment, how to choose a tan that suits your skin type and how to get the most out of it.

Bellamianta tan

WHAT IS A SELF-TAN?

Self-tan is a product containing an active ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with your own skin’s chemistry to turn it tan, or bronze. DHA is often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane. DHA reacts chemically with amino acids in the keratin, the major component of the skin surface. Different amino acids react to DHA in different ways, producing different tones of coloration from yellow to brown.  It means that every person may have different results from the same tan and there is no perfect tan that suits everybody.

FAKE TAN & UV TAN 

  • UV Tan, the result of UV exposure,is the skin colouration in the deeper skin layers caused by melanin. It stays longer on the skin but it causes premature skin ageing and can lead to pigmentation or even skin cancer when used in excess.
  • Fake Tan, obtained from self-tanning products, is the skin colouration of the superficial layers of the skin. It’s totally safe for the skin but it fades quickly 5-7 days depending on the cell turnover cycle (younger people have faster cell turnover so the tan will fade faster).

SELF-TAN PRODUCTS VS SALON TREATMENT

Self-tan products contain DHA in concentrations ranging from 1% to 15%. Most drugstore products range from 3% to 5%, with professional products ranging from 5% to 15%. It means that by having a treatment in the salon, you will not only have more even tan, but also a deeper colour that lasts longer.

BELLAMIANTA/ WHITE TO BROWN/ OR FAKE BAKE?

  • BELLAMIANTA is a luxury rapid tan formulated with nourishing ingredients, free from harmful chemicals. The fast drying formula produces a streak free, beautiful, summer ready tan in just 2-4 hours with no transfer on to clothes. The natural ingredients work with the skins natural melanin to provide a perfectly natural, golden tone every time that becomes water resistant and will last up to 7 days.
  • WHITE TO BROWN Tan is a natural tan that will complement every skin tone and skin type, enhancing your natural glow for any occasion, day or night. It develops in 6-8 hours or can be left overnight for darker tone.
  • FAKE BAKE is a darker golden tan suitable for all skin types and all budgets. It develops in 6-8 hours or can be left overnight. Lasts up to 5 days.

No matter what tan you choose you should follow our pre and post tan tips to make the most out of tan.

PREPARATION IS A KEY

  • Exfoliate. Get rid of dead skin cells to ensure even tan coverage. Pay extra attention to knees, elbows, ankles and hands. Avoid sugar or salt scrubs with oils, as they will create a barrier on your skin and tan just won’t stick. Exfoliate thoroughly 24 hours before tanning.
  • Wax 48 hours or shave 24 hours before tanning to allow skin to recover and pores to close.
  • DO NOT moisturise your skin on day of tanning. Tan sticks better to dry skin. Don’t use deodorant or perfume on the day.

MAINTAIN YOUR TAN

  • Avoid exercise for up to 6 hrs. Wash off the guide colour in 2-4 hrs for a natural medium tan. However if you want a deeper tan wash it off the next morning or after 4-6 hrs.
  • Moisturise your tan every day to lock in hydration and help your tan to fade naturally. Use a lightweight lotion instead of heavy body butter.
  • Exfoliate 4-5 days after application, this will remove any dead skin cells and help the tan fade off evenly. Oil based body washes will also help tan to wear of evenly.
  • When showering or bathing pat skin dry with your towel, rigorous rubbing will scrub off the tan.
  • For a sculpting effect apply extra tan or bronzer under collarbones, underneath the bicep indent and in between the thighs. Then highlight your tan with an illuminator, applying lashings to your shoulders, collarbones, cheekbones and the front of your legs to create sheen and definition.
  • Important! False tan doesn’t provide any protection to UV. The skin is even more sensitive than usual to sunlight up to 24 hours after tan application so make sure you stay away from the sun for this time.

To sum up, false tan is a great and healthy option for people who likes a bronze, healthy looking skin. There is some prep and maintenance involved and tan lasts up to 7 days but it is worth giving it a try, especially if you have a special occasion or holidays coming up.

What is your opinion on false tan? I would love to hear from you.

Take care, Ella x

 

SPF - everything you need to know

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How to choose a good sunscreen.

UVA & UVB broad spectrum protection

SPF stands for sun protection factor and refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) ONLY, not UVA. It offers an insurance against sunburn but not against photo ageing. Always look for a UVA & UVB sunscreen.

Sunscreen is NOT water resistant

This is a marketing trick. Sunscreens are no longer allowed to be labelled as “waterproof” or “sweat proof” because these terms can be misleading. No matter what is written on the bottle always reapply your sunscreen after swimming or exercising.

SPF 15 or higher

The difference between LOW and HIGH SPF is very small, just 5%, i.e. SPF 15 offers 94% protection, when SPF 50 offers 99% protection. 

Use SPF correctly

NO sunscreen offers 100% protection. That’s why the SPF number is not as important as using the sunscreen correctly especially when exposed to direct sunlight.

  • Use a lot
  • Apply 20 minutes before going out
  • Reapply every 2 hours if staying outdoor
  • Reapply after exercise or swimming
  • Pay close attention to your face, ears, neck, arms, and any other areas not covered by clothing
  • If you’re going to wear makeup, put your sunscreen on first
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA & UVB protection)
  • Don’t use expired products, they lose their effectiveness
  • Never rely on sunscreen alone, wear sunglasses, hat, and cover your body with clothes

I hope you have enjoyed this blog and you have learned something new. Please feel FREE to send us your comments. Ella x

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