Self-Tanners and Application Tips to Try this Spring.
Updated: Oct 21
A faux glow is the safer way to tan. Choose between an instant or gradual in a variety of tanning applications.
Gone are the days where men and woman spend hours sitting in the sun, hoping to get a shade darker in anticipation of wearing their favourite summer outfits and not having to worry about their pasty looking appendages.
Plus, there’s the harsh factors of the sun to take into consideration as well as wondering who actually has such free time these days to sit for hours on end working on their tan?
That is why Caribbeantan is a must-have in anyone’s bathroom cupboard for being a number one product in the market that boasts not only incredible results, but are 100% FREE from parabens and are animal cruelty free.
Caribbeantan is no ordinary sunless tanning brand. Their innovative professional self-tan and tan care products are designed to eliminate the fuss and mess associated with at-home tanning creams, as well as the costs associated with achieving the perfect tan. Let’s face it – beauty is mainly a confidence thing, and they believe everyone deserves to look and feel their best.
When it comes to their product range, there’s something for everyone, from the most advanced professional ‘tanner’, to that nervous first time product user who isn’t sure of all the ins and outs of fuss-free tanning.
Well we’re here to reassure each and every user of the Caribbeantan promise – which is their quality; affordable price and natural looking tan.
What is self-tan? The active ingredient in most self-tan is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone). DHA is a colourless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a colour change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application. When applied to the skin, DHA causes a chemical reaction with the skin to produce a tan much like the sun, but without the UVA and UVB damage to the skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless or self-tanning lotions that containing dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. And yes, it is 100% safe!
We broke down the 3 top tanning products for the Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner – something to please the every need of every customer.
ADVANCED TANNER – The Professional Penny.
PRODUCT: Tanning Spritzer Instant Self Tan
WHY: Meet their salon inspired instant self-tan Spritzer formulated with eco certified DHA and erythulose for a natural looking faux glow which pros can use to create definition.
BENEFITS: This quick spritz formula tans you immediately and gives you complete control over the coverage and colour. With the added bonus of being infused with skin conditioning Aloe Ferox Gel, you’ll get a dose of skin-loving care as well as a natural looking glow that lasts for days. No patches, streaks or orange skin here.
WHY IT’S FOR THE PRO’S: It’s easy to apply – and bonus it comes with a handy mitt, perfect for both pro level tanners and self-tanning beginners. Did we mention this is your go to product to contour your abs, thighs and anywhere else you want to create some definition.
INTERMEDIATE TANNER – The Trial and Error Erin
PRODUCT: Bronzing Mousse - Gradual Self Tan - 150ml
WHY: Still a little nervous to dive head first and use the Tan in a Can products but love to spruce up your fake tan game? Use this lightweight, non-sticky mousse formulation made with their blend of eco certified DHA and erythrulose to deliver a natural looking faux glow.
BENEFITS: This self-tan Bronzing Mousse is no one-trick pony. It performs double duty while it nourishes with the goodness of coconut, it leaves behind a flawless, jaw dropping tan and nothing else - no patches, streaks, and no orange skin.
WHY IT’S BEST FOR THE INTERMEDIATES: You can alternate between products you like, and you can use this product when you feel like you need a glow - or once a week to be certain of a continuous tan.
BEGINNER TANNER – The Starting Suzie.
PRODUCT: Tan In A Can Aerosol - Gradual Self Tan - 200ml
WHY: If you’re looking for a glorious glow that will last up to 10 days, and you’re looking for a product where you can apply self-tan in a quick and easy manner, well, here is your answer.
BENEFITS: Specifically designed for those that need a gorgeous tan (great for hard to reach areas) that’s streak-free, long-lasting and most importantly, never patchy. This self-tan Tan in a Can Aerosol performs double duty while it nourishes with the goodness of Aloe Ferox extract, it leaves behind a flawless, jaw dropping tan. Formulated with eco certified DHA and erythulose for a natural looking faux glow.
WHY IT’S FOR THE BEGINNERS: The clear, fine spray dries quickly and may have you thinking there is no tan. For the beginners who have only used the products a handful of times, will slowly but surely learn what works best for their body. It’s an easy way to apply self-tan, making it suitable for beginners. Wait 1 – 2 hours to see the magic start happening. The great thing about a clear self-tan? No colour transfer! Your sheets and clothing are going to love you! Wait 8 – 12 hours for a gorgeous natural looking tan.
“If you're struggling to find the perfect easy applicating tanning product, this is the one! love it so much,” Maria – review.
What to consider when choosing a product?
Choosing the appropriate shade is extremely important since the skin type is extremely relevant in the tanning process. Never apply a darker shade on a fair skin. You should also consider if you prefer an instant tan or a gradual tan when selecting from our self-tanning range. The ABC shade selector ensure the best colour to match you natural skin tone.
You’ve bought your exciting new Caribbeantan product, so what’s next? How do I apply self-tanner?
Step 1: Exfoliate
Exfoliating and self-tanning go hand in hand – a marriage made in heaven. Whether you’re using a mousse, spray or spritzer, you’ll need a fresh base to work with to create a smooth, streak-free glow. We advise at least 6 hours prior to tanning, massage their delicious Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfolia into the skin, working from the legs upwards. Focus on particularly dry areas, like the elbows, knees and ankles to remove any dry patches of skin that tan might cling to. The natural sugar exfoliators are sure to give your skin a good buff and jojoba oil will restore moisture to your skin
Remember: Exfoliating opens the skin pores and should you apply tan too soon after exfoliating - you will end up looking spotty.
Step 2: Moisturize
To prevent your self-tanner from clinging to dry areas or looking patchy, apply a light layer of moisturiser onto dry areas of skin. Don’t forget to cover your elbows, knees, hands, and feet (particularly the ankles, knuckles and creases).
We recommend using an oil-free moisturizer, like their Milk & Honey Hydrating Body Butter. This can be used before and after your tan. This glorious, velvety feeling Body Butter is your secret weapon to keeping your tan for up to 10 days.
Formulated with Cranberry seed extract known to be rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, E and K and natural fatty acids to help improve skin elasticity and boost collagen production thereby assisting with the skins elasticity and wrinkling.
The best thing about this Body Butter - non greasy. So you can lather up every day to keep your skin silky smooth, supple and moisturized without feeling greasy.
Remember: Oil-based lotions can cause tan to break down and spoil your golden finish.
Step 3: Apply with a mitt
To achieve an even-looking glow, self-tanner should always be applied using a tanning mitt.
A soft, washable mitt ensures an even, streak-free application and protects the palms from staining.
Where to start? You should start with the legs and work your way upwards.
Applying tanning mousses: Pump yourself tanner onto a tanning mitt, then sweep over the skin using circular motions to achieve an even-looking and streaky-free finish.
Applying tanning mists / sprays: Spritz onto the body, then blend with a tanning mitt to achieve a natural-looking bronze.
THREE TIPS WHEN APPLYING CARIBBEANTAN:
TIP ONE: Always apply your Caribbeantan in a cool, dry area to keep yourself from perspiring.
It's important to exfoliate and rinse off before you tan to remove any dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and anything else that might create a barrier between your skin and the product. However, you'll want to leave the steamy bathroom before the application process begins. Why? Humidity, water, and sweat can break down the self-tanner, creating a streaky mess, so move to a cool, dry place instead.
TIP TWO: Distribute the self-tanner on your mitt evenly by applying it to the centre of your mitt before folding it in half.
This helps you apply less product to your face, hands, elbows, knees, and feet using the tip of the mitt. You also won't end up overdoing it and applying the same amount to your face that you would, say, your thigh.
TIP THREE: Contour your cheekbones with a small sponge brush and a self-tanner that's made specifically for your face.
You’ve seen it on TikTok, now it’s time to try it for yourself!
Applying Caribbeantan to your face can be a little intimidating because, it's your face, but if you keep the product concentrated right below your cheekbones, under your jawline, and on the sides of your forehand — and then a thin layer over the rest of your face — you'll create a subtly contoured effect that won't look like you just slapped a bunch of tanner on. Go gentle on the self-tan, and remember you can always add on more at a later stage.
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Caribbean Tan is available at: Clicks, Dischem, Takealot or even on the House of Cosmetics website.