FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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WHAT MAKES NKD SKN DIFFERENT?
With Odour Remove™ technology for zero smell, 50% certified organic ingredients and a completely non-toxic formulation, NKD SKN is an incredibly natural tan that also cares for the skin. It treats the skin while tanning it, promising a flawless fade with no scaling or patching.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TINTED AND GRADUAL SELF TAN?
Tinted self tan contains a bronzing guide so you achieve immediate colour on the skin. It allows you to see your tan as you apply, making it extra easy to apply. At the same time, the tanning agent DHA will work over 4-8 hours to develop your lasting colour that remains on the skin following showering.
Gradual self tan applies to the skin completely clear like a moisturiser. It then develops subtly over 4-8 hours so your tan appears gradually. Gradual tanners guarantee absolutely no transfer onto clothing.
HOW DOES SELF TAN WORK?
The main active tanning ingredient used in NKD SKN tanners is Dihydroxyacetone (also known as DHA), which is derived from organic sugar beet. NKD SKN’s DHA is combined with pure natural and organic ingredients that condition and nourish the skin while tanning it. The DHA reacts chemically with the amino acids found in the upper epidermis (top layer) of the skin producing colouring from yellow to brown. An individual’s level of amino acids will dictate the final result of their self tan application. DHA should be left to develop on the skin between 4-8 hours for optimum results.
WHAT DOES ‘CERTIFIED ORGANIC’ ACTUALLY MEAN?
Certified Organic beauty products require the maximum amount of organic ingredients, minimum synthetic ingredients, minimum processing of ingredients and clear labeling so that consumers can make an informed choice.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE TRYING SELF TAN FOR THE FIRST TIME?
We recommend carrying out a patch test 24 hours prior to applying any tanning product for the first time. Apply a small amount of the self tan behind the ear and leave for 24 hours. Although DHA allergies are extremely rare, if any contra-actions occur such as redness, swelling or itching, avoid using the self tan and seek medical advice if it continues. If no reaction occurs then it is fine to proceed with a full body application.
HOW LONG WILL MY NKD SKN TAN LAST?
Your NKD SKN tan should last about 5-7 days.
HOW CAN I GET A PERFECT FINISH ON MY HANDS AND FEET?
To get perfect ‘beach feet’ and natural looking hands, tan these areas last, using only the residue of product left on your tanning mitt. Only tan the top of your feet and hands (imagine where the sun would hit on the beach). The use a dry cloth to buff the edges of your hands and feet to blend the tan into the non-tanned areas.
HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT BEFORE I CAN GO INTO A POOL?
Ideally you should achieve the depth of colour desired and then shower before going into a pool. This usually takes between 6-8 hours. Once your tan has developed you can swim but sea water and chlorinated pools may result in your tan fading more quickly.
CAN I STILL GET A SUNTAN THROUGH MY SELF TAN?
Yes, you can still get a suntan and sunburn through all our self tans as they don’t contain SPF sun protection so it’s very important that you still use a sun protection product with sufficient levels of SPF when exposing your skin to the sun.
ARE NKD SKN PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS?
NKD SKN is against animal testing and none of our products are tested on animals.
I HAVE ECZEMA CAN I USE NKD SKN TAN?
There are no irritants in any NKD SKN tans and so they should be safe to use on sensitive skins, including skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, however we always advise a patch test 24 hours before application.
CAN NKD SKN DISGUISE VITILIGO?
NKD SKN tans can help to minimise the appearance Vitiligo. We recommend you apply tinted self tan to the lighter areas allow to dry. Leave for at least 8-12 hours before showering. If the tan is not dark enough repeat the process. Alternatively, one of the 1-Day-Bronzing Wash Off Lotions can be applied as a temporary measure.
WHY SHOULD I USE A TANNING MITT WHEN APPLYING TAN?
It is important to use a mitt to protect the palms of the hands and ensure they are not stained. The mitt also guarantees a perfect blend and finish, with no streaks or patching.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO EXFOLIATE BEFORE TANNING?
To achieve a flawless tan you should exfoliate to remove the dead skin cells to smooth the skin surface prior to tan application. This process will help your tan last longer too.
WHEN SHOULD I SHAVE MY LEGS?
Ideally you should shave 12-24 hours before tanning.
MY TAN ISN’T AS DARK AS I WOULD HAVE LIKED – WHY MIGHT THIS HAVE HAPPENED?
You may require a darker shade of self tan or may not have left it on the skin for long enough before washing off (hard-to-tan skin can take 8-10 hours).
Hormones, pH level of the skin, stress, exhaustion or any herbal or prescribed medication might affect your tan. If you used body lotion or shower gel containing essential oils, this will act as a barrier to the tan.
WHAT DO I DO IF I GET THE TAN IN MY EYES?
Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.