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How Does Self Tan Work?

September 03 2020

How Does Self Tan Work? | Caribbeantan

How Does Self Tan Work? | Caribbeantan

How does DHA work?

Caribbeantan products contain specially formulated active ingredients. One of these ingredients is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone – natural sugar cane derivative). 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.

What is DHA?

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.

Is it safe?


Absolutely! All Caribbeantan ingredients have been through extensive testing. Only about 1% of the population is allergic to DHA.
Can I tan naturally after applying Caribbeantan?
To avoid premature skin ageing from the sun, we recommend not going into the sun without protection on your skin.

How long does it last?

Caribbeantan lasts between 4 to 10 days, depending on your skin type and how well you maintain it.
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. 

Instant Self Tanners | Gradual Self Tanners 


How much does it cost?
Home products cost between R59.95- R99.95. Professional tanning kits cost between R4000- R9000.
Can I pay online?
Yes, our online shop offers payment using South Africa's most secure online payment portal PayFast. We will pick up your payment instantly and ship your order straight away.

Tanning tips

Must I wait after shaving/waxing to use the product?
For some a couple of hours will do, others may have to wait for up to 24 hours depending on the sensitivity of their skin. We generally say do not shave your legs for at least several hours before applying sunless tanners. Some folks can get away with it, but if your skin is on the sensitive side, avoid it.
How do I lighten the effects on the joints?
Rub hydrating body butter on elbows, knees and other joints before spray tanning to protect those areas from darkening. 
How do I get an even tan on my face?
To apply self tan on your face: pull the hair up in ponytail before you start so you don’t miss any parts and apply equally. Apply self tan to one section of your body at a time.

When should I use a Tan X Tender?


When should I use the exfoliator?
While you shower or bath, exfoliate with our exfoliator for healthier skin, especially before applying your tan.
How can I get the most out of my tan?
Use Caribbeantan Milk & Honey Body Butter every day to extend the lifespan of your tan.


How long does it take?
Caribbeantan ships exclusively with Ram Couriers and you can view your product through a tracking code and link that will get sent to you via email.
Delivery takes up to 7 working days and if you place your order before 10am it will still be dispatched the same day.



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