DHA is the active ingredient that creates the tan. The skin is comprised of two main layers the epidermis on the outside and the dermis on the inside. The epidermis has layers, the deepest layer is called the stratum basale and the outer most layer is called the stratum corneum. It is the dead skin cells located in the stratum corneum that change colour with the application of a spray tan.
pH Balance of Skin and Tanning
As your spray tan is applied to the skin it starts to interact with the dead skin cells and darkens over time. Depending on the condition of the skin a tan can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days and sometimes longer.
Regular exfoliation using a Black Magic Tan Xfoliating Mitt and mositurising the entire body morning and night will certainly show results, not only will your skin be glowing, your beautiful Black Magic Tan will last longer. If the skin is very dry the dead skin cells will shed earlier and with it your tan. This usually means the pH balance of your skin is too alkaline which negatively impacts on your tan. Results in this instance can mean
– a:patchy tan,
– tan not adhering to the skin properly,
– shortened tan life or
– limited colour.
For a quick fix you can use Black Magic Tan Prep Spray which works to rebalance the pH levels of the skin while adding moisture, but it is important to introduce a good skin care regime for perfect results and a long lasting tan every time.
In the longer term a diet rich in certain raw foods will make the blood more alkaline. This allows the blood to absorb more oxygen to aid digestion which leads to clearer skin. It is suggested a diet rich in dark green leafy vegetables as well as colourful fruits such as citrus and berries plus drinking lots of water will all work to obtaining a proper pH balance.
What is pH Balance?
pH balance stands for “potential hydrogen” and is used to describe the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance which ranges from 0 (most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline) Why should this mean anything to you? The health of your body and skin is directly linked to maintaining the right balance between acidity and alkalinity.
The skins barrier which is known as the acid mantle should be slightly acidic, at a 5.5 pH balance.