FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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WHAT MAKES NKD SKN DIFFERENT?
With Odor Remove™ technology for zero self-tan smell, 50% certified organic ingredients and a completely non-toxic formulation, NKD SKN offers a collection of natural, sunless tanners that hydrate and nourish the skin while tanning it, leaving 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 color for instant color on the skin, allowing you to see your tan as you apply. The tanning agent, DHA, will develop your tan over 4-8 hours.
Gradual self-tan is completely clear and goes on to the skin like an everyday moisturizer with zero transfer onto clothing. Your bronze will develop over 4-8 hours.
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 coloring 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 it is fine to proceed with a full body application.
HOW LONG WILL MY NKD SKN TAN LAST?
Your self-tan application will last anywhere from 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. Then 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?
You should achieve the depth of color desired which takes about 4-8 hours and rinse your guide color off until the water runs clear before going into a pool. Once your tan has developed you go into a pool however salt water in the ocean and chlorinated pools may result in your tan fading quickly.
CAN I STILL GET A SUNTAN THROUGH MY SELF-TAN?
Yes, you can still get a suntan and sunburn through all our self tanners as they do not contain SPF. It’s very important and highly recommended that you still use a sun protectant product with the 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 STILL USE NKD SKN TAN?
There are no irritants in any NKD SKN tanners and safe enough to use on even the most sensitive skins, including skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. However, we advise a patch test 24 hours before application.
CAN NKD SKN DISGUISE VITILIGO?
NKD SKN tanners can help to minimize the appearance Vitiligo. We recommend applying the tinted self tanner to the lighter areas and leave on for at least 8-12 hours before showering. If the tan is not dark enough repeat the process.
WHY SHOULD I USE A TANNING MITT WHEN APPLYING A TANNER?
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 streaking or patching.
WHY SHOULD I 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.
WHEN SHOULD I SHAVE MY LEGS?
You should shave at least 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 rinsing. Hard-to-tan skin can take up to 8-10 hours to develop. Hormones, pH level of the skin, stress, exhaustion and any herbal or prescribed medication can affect the way your tan develops. Using any oil-based beauty products can stop your tan from developing.
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.