Your Tanning Ingredients, Uncovered & Explained

There’s nothing like that post-tan bronzed glow. Especially when that glow not only looks completely natural but nourishes and protects your skin without any harmful side effects.

While your tan should provide a gorgeous natural-looking glow to skin, its beauty runs deeper than the rich tanning shades it provides. Now, it is just as important to know what’s IN your tanning formula as it is to know what has been purposefully left out.

Ingredient listings are often skimmed over but can be the most important part of your tan, how long it lasts and the effect it has on your skin over time. Our formula enriches the skin with anti-ageing vitamins, hydrating oils and skin-firming ingredients, for a tan that is as healthy as it is flawless.

Here are the key ingredients you need to LOOK FOR:

Aloe Vera. Renowned for its moisturising effect, aloe vera delivers hydration straight to the skin tissue. It also provides a soothing and calming effect, reducing skin irritation.

Kakadu Plum. A small fruit native to Australia, Kakadu plum contains the highest known levels of vitamin C concentration of any food source and helps to boost collagen in the skin. It also improves the natural appearance of firmer, nourished skin.

Green Tea. Holds the ability to aid skin rejuvenation, and helps to heal ageing skin, sun damage and fine lines. Potent antioxidants alleviate dry skin, and help neutralise harmful free radicals.

Avocado Oil. Recognised for its moisturising properties, avocado oil leaves dry skin feeling smooth and nourished. It also promotes skin repair by rapidly transporting active substances to where they’re needed most.

Macadamia Seed Oil. Rich in fatty acids, this nourishing oil leaves skin feeling soft and silky. It can also help regenerate damage from scarring or the sun.

Kiwi Seed Oil. One of the richest sources of essential fatty acids, kiwi seed oil deeply nourishes and helps to restore elasticity to aged and damaged skin.

Coconut Oil. Soothes and softens the skin, while protecting it against free radical damage. Coconut oil also promotes elasticity in the skin and works as an incredible anti-bacterial agent.

Grape Seed Extract. The powerful antioxidants in grape seed extract help to protect and enhance the skin’s appearance. It is also non-comedogenic and can assist in tightening skin through the restoration of collagen.

The key ingredients you need to AVOID:

Brown HT. This synthetic petroleum-derived brown colouring dye has been banned in the USA, Canada, Japan and major European countries like France and Germany for its potentially dangerous health risks. Brown HT can induce hypersensitivity, eczema, dermatitis, itching and rashes, can cause bad reactions in those allergic to aspirin, leading to asthma and has been linked to some cancers.

DMDM Hydratoin & Imidazolindinyl Urea. These common formaldehyde releasers break down to form toxic carcinogen, formaldehyde, and act as a preservative in tan to hold product formulas together. Even low levels of formaldehyde are a major health concern, and are known to cause weakened immune systems, respiratory problems, cracked and blistered skin, and even cancer when ingested or absorbed through the skin.

Sunescape Tan is your ticket to that post-holiday glow. With an aloe-based formula, containing natural ingredients to nourish skin as well as anti-ageing and firming properties to promote and preserve healthy, ultra-smooth skin, a Sunescape spray tan is the key to a natural glow without the harm.

Faux Tanning Tricks You Need in Your Life

Faux tanning can be oh so right, but oftentimes, it just goes OH. SO. WRONG…

To avoid classic tanning mistakes like the ‘way too dark hands’, ‘streaky leg syndrome’, and ‘I didn’t think I’d be wearing a backless outfit and now I’m literally two different skin colours’, we have some essential self-tanning tips to help your glow look as natural and flawless as possible.

Baby got (a tanned) back.

Tanning your back may be your least favourite thing to do ever, closely followed by taking out the bins and getting petrol, but simply turning your application mitt around so that the velvety applicator side is on the back of your hand could save you dozens of TANtrums. OR, our Luxe Applicator Mitt‘s velvety material is double-sided so you can reach every nook and cranny, every which way you turn! The cute extra thumb area also makes for a perfect addition when tanning around your neck and ankles.

Only tan what’s visible.

Yes, we know you might be constantly living in fear that your selective tanning habits might be caught out, but we have just the products to fix this eternal dilemma! For those events where your legs, arms, back, neck or any other area of your body is on show, use a DHA-free (wash off tan) formula that will allow you to apply tan at the last minute, and then wash off when you are done. AND it looks just as good as the longer-term tan you normally marinate in. Our picks are the Illuminating Body Tint and Instant Wash-Off Mousse.

Spot treat your mistakes.

During the tanning process is the make or break. One missed streak or darker patch and you are done for, right? Nope. While you are tanning, keep an exfoliating mitt and soap and water close by to massage in to any body part that tan has been applied to too heavily. Our Tan Removal Mitt is best used damp too quickly and easily wipe away any mistakes before time is against you and the tan dries!

Oil slick does the trick.

If you’ve woken up and realised that your skin maaay be a little too dark for your liking, especially when you started off the same colour as Frosty the Snowman, a deliciously scented body oil and warm water will do the trick in fading your tan quicker and starting over. Oil causes the DHA (the ingredient that tans your skin) to breakdown quicker and your tan will fade evenly. It might take a few goes to get it to completely fade away, but it will definitely do the trick, and you’ll smell pretty darn good too.


NEW! Instant Wash Off Mousse

Introducing our new Instant Wash Off Mousse!

If you’re looking for a commitment-free, quick tan fix that will give you the sunkissed glow you’re after then our Instant Wash Off Mousse will become your new best friend. With a fast drying formula that delivers instant colour, you’ll have the tan that others spend hours in the sun working on. And what’s more? It’s transfer resistant, so you won’t need to worry about ruining your evening outfit!

DHA and paraben-free, Instant Wash Off Mousse features nourishing vitamin E, grape seed extract and aloe vera to give your skin that all needed TLC that we often forget.

Available in one flawless colour, “Just for the Night” washes off simply with soap and water when you’re ready to say goodbye to your smooth, supple caramel tones at the end of the day!

If you’re ready to give your skin the pampering it deserves, add it to your bag today!