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owner of Tan
Temple in Bondi,
started out in 2005.
She shares her
“ You wouldn’t
normally get a
natural suntan tan on your armpits, so avoid
spraying underarms – it looks more natural
and will smell less, because there will be less
sweat to mix with the solution.”
Fake tan is often mocked for turning people
a tangy shade of orange but these days
achiev ing a naturally golden finish, without
a trace of citrus hue, is relatively simple.
“Back in the early 1990s, so many
products on the market contained poorly
treated DHA. They did make skin go
orange,” says Kim Oliver.
“ There are plenty of amazing
professional products available now, but
even if you are using the best solution on
the market, you can still turn someone
orange if you are using the wrong product
for their skin type.
“Fake tan reacts in a similar way to the
sun, so the Fitzpatrick Scale [of skin colour
types] can be used to determine how much,
and what sort of solution to use.
“Darker clients usually require a more
concentrated solution with a green base
whereas a person with very fair skin might
respond best to a formula with less DHA
and a v iolet base – it counteracts the blue in
their skin tone.”
Kylie Robson, SunFX US Sales and
Marketing Manager, says high quality
equipment nurtures a golden, natural colour.
“If you don’t use an applicator that’s
specifically designed for the tanning
formula you’re using, you can risk an
orangey, heav y-handed finish.
Jacci Haslam offers her top anti-
Oompa Loompa tips:
“Spray lighter on the hands, feet
and face and be sure to let your client
know the correct time to shower – if it’s
washed off too quickly there’s no time
for the colour to over develop and turn
an undesirable shade.”
Just as a good spray tan technician
can achieve a natural, “ just-holidayed”
finish in salon, it is also possible for it to
fade gradually, like a real suntan.
Our experts agree that gradual,
realistic removal largely hinges on
“If your client is prone to scales on their
arms or legs, you should avoid spraying with
tanners that contain alcohol or other drying
preser vatives,” says Kylie.
She recommends the Caribbean
Chocolate formula from SUNFX.
“Because DHA is clear, most spray
tans contain a wash- off `makeup’, so the
technician can tell where they’ve tanned –
these can dry the skin. This one’s `makeup’
is made from real caramel, which is far
Adds Jacci Haslam. “I always advise
my clients to use a good quality body
moisturiser like Sunescape’s Cocoa and
Shea Body Butter immediately after the first
shower and then twice a day ever y day.
“Body washes that contain sulphate
should be avoided, as they’ll strip colour.”
Correct (as opposed to excessive)
exfoliation is also important as it ensures
colour won’t cling to dry skin.
“Ideally, you should tr y to exfoliate once
or twice every week,” advises Kim Oliver.
“People with dry or sensitive skin may
want to exfoliate even less frequently to
avoid thinning out their skin and causing
It’s not the DHA, but the wash-off `makeup’
agents in self-tan that notoriously stain
clothes and furniture post spray tan.
Tanning technicians understand the
struggle wholeheartedly as uniforms and
work environment can cop the worst of it.
“Investing in a good extraction machine
is important – they filter the product before
it’s separated and help keep the room tan-
free,” says Kim Oliver.
“The latest and best quality extraction
systems use charcoal filters that are
washable and reusable.
Then there’s tan-friendly clothing.
The Little Tanning Dress is an Australian
made and owned company that has a
range of dresses made from a special “nil-
Designed to be thrown on straight
after a spray, the fabric makes the perfect
incubator for colour to develop and show no
telltale tan stains.
Understandably, these are popular with
therapists looking to perform treatments in
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The classic Friends
episode where Ross
SunFX Pro Spray Turbine (above) and
SunFX Pro Mini Series (right)
Hydrating Body Butter
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