Self-Tan FAQ


We know that when using a new product you might have some questions on how to use it. This blog covers these and more and is your go-to reference guide for our Self-Tan Drops and Self-Tan Mousse

General FAQ

How long will my tan last?

Generally, it will last about 5 days, but It really depends on a number of things, such as: your exfoliating routine; your skin type; and your individual cellular renewal – the older you are, the longer the cell turnover.

Can I suntan whilst wearing LB Tanning Drops?

Whilst using a fake tan product, you can still tan naturally when in the sun. Fake tans do not produce a skin-protecting barrier like sunscreens, so tanning naturally can still occur.
Please note these do not contain SPF or sun protection so it is important to also use an SPF. 

Can I use them whilst pregnant?

According to the UK NHS it's generally considered safe to use fake tan products during pregnancy. The active ingredient in fake tan - dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a non-toxic substance. It can’t penetrate further than the top layer of the skin and it is not absorbed into the body.

Can men use them?

Yes, they are great for men. Our tanning products work with your natural skin tone and are designed to be unisex.

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Are there other options than medium?

The medium tanning drops and mousse cover many skin colors. For the drops, if you have fairer skin, then we’d recommend using less drops and building up if you’d like to see a darker tan. For the mousse, if you find you want a deeper tan after the initial layer then you can build it up with more mousse.

How does fake tan work? What is the reaction that creates tanned skin?

Sunless tanners contain dihydroxyacetone - commonly known as DHA. DHA molecules combine with the amino acids in the top layer of your skin to cause a chemical reaction which form brown-colored melaninoids. It is well known as Maillard reaction.
The individual cocktail of amino acids in the skin determines the tanning effect, that’s why each individual tans differently.  

What is DHA?

DHA is the standard self-tanning agent for all types of cosmetic products and has been the most common active agent used over the past 70 years. It is a solely natural reaction of DHA with the amines, peptides and free amino acids in a Maillard reaction (independent of UV rays) – this means it reacts with the top layer of the skin to tan. The benefit of using tanning drops and mousse is that you can achieve a sun-kissed glow without damaging your skin with harmful UV rays.

Is the DHA used in the tanning drops and tanning mousse natural or synthetic?

We can confirm that the DHA used in our tanning products is 100% natural.

Will the tan transfer to my clothes?

Whilst the product is sinking in and working its magic it is best to wear loose clothing and avoid any lighter colors to reduce the risk of the tan transferring! 

Self-tanning versus natural tanning?

When you sunbathe, UV rays cause the skin to increase its production of the protective pigment melanin, which manifests itself as a tan. Tan is actually a sign of skin cell damage, which can increase the risk of skin cancer and accelerate skin aging. Using a self-tanner is always a safer option than traditional sun tanning as it can give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet rays.

Why use Lucy Bee Coconut Water in the tanning products

Coconut water is a great water alternative with additional skin-moisturizing benefits. 

What’s the difference between using the Tanning Mousse over the Drops?

Our Self-Tan Drops mean you are in control of the color you want to go and it is more of a gradual tan - whether that be a couple of drops for a little glow, or more drops for a deeper tan, they are also colorless and develop between 2-6 hours. You can use them on the face and body.
With our Tanning Mousse, it works in the same way and it still looks completely natural, but it is an instant color and it takes you straight to a medium tan. If you prefer a darker tan, then double it up. It is a little different in the sense that you apply it with a mitt. It takes two hours to develop and then you can wash off any excess if you wish with warm water, leaving you with a glowing tan - the natural DHA only needs two hours to develop on your skin so you can shower after this. You can also see the color when applying the mousse.
They both have the same principle – no sticky feeling, a quick dry formula, develops in two hours with a natural glow which works with your skin 

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Tanning Mousse

How long does the Tanning Mousse take to develop?

It develops in 2 hours. 

What colour will I go?

It really depends on your skin type. The more Mousse you use, the darker the tan. The beauty of self-tanning is that you can control how much you apply to your skin, and therefore the depth of the tan. We've added  a few functional ingredients to gain a natural looking color. The key one is erythrulose, a natural keto-sugar which takes part in Maillard’s reaction and leads to the formation of brownish polymers. It balances out the orange tones created by DHA (a color additive), giving a deep, even and natural long-lasting tan.

Can I use the Self-Tan Mousse on my face as well as body?

Yes of course, we’d recommend applying a small amount to the face. If you’d prefer to be more in control of your tan, then we’d recommend using our Self-Tan drops. With these you can use less drops for a little glow or add more for a deeper tan. 

Is the tan visible as I apply the Mousse?

Yes, you’ll be able to see where the mousse has been applied. We always recommend starting from the bottom and working your way up so that you don’t miss anywhere. The tan fully develops in 2 hours.

What is the fragrance of the Tanning Mousse?

It has a tropical fragrance.

What is the 7% of non-natural ingredients in the Tanning Mousse? 

This is preservatives which protect products from harmful microbial contamination, antioxidants and stabilizers. You can find most of these ingredients in nature and they are synthetized in the laboratory to get a pure and unique molecule.

Will the tan wash off in the shower?

The Tanning Mousse isn’t a wash-off tan. Instead, your tan will slowly wear off over a few days – the exact number of days depends on your cleansing/bathing routine, your skin type and your own individual cellular renewal. Generally speaking, the tan will last about 5 days.

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Tanning Drops

How long do the Tanning Drops take to develop?

It depends on the condition of your skin and also your skin type. The more tanned the skin, the quicker the drops develop. It also depends how much moisturizer you mix the tan drops with. As a general rule, it takes 2-3 hours to start developing and full color can take up to 6 hours.

Can I use the Tanning Drops on the rest of my body?

Yes of course, just mix in as many drops as you’d like with your favorite body moisturizer and rub in well. Everyone’s body size and shape is different and so it’s hard for us to say how many you’ll need. We recommend starting off with less and building up if you want a deeper tan

What colour will I go?

It really depends on your skin type. The more drops you add, the darker the tan. If you are fairer skinned, then use less drops and build up. The benefit of the drops is that you can control how much you apply to your skin, and therefore the depth of the tan.

Will makeup remover remove my tan?

It will remove a small amount of the tan, but you can keep applying more drops every day to keep a continuous sun-kissed glow. It’s important to note that physical and chemical exfoliators (including our AHA Dazzling Tonic) will remove the tan at a faster rate.

Do the Tanning Drops smell?

No, we haven’t used any fragrance in the Drops.

Can I use them if I have rosacea?

UV rays by the sun can trigger rosacea to get worse over time. Even if you feel like your skin feels better from the sun, it can cause negative effects long-term so it is best to avoid too much sun, but if you still want a natural glow then these tan drops are the perfect option.
The tan drops are fragrance free and Lucy has rosacea herself (although not always visible but easily triggered) and they are perfectly fine and she says they actually help cover up her rosacea or redness when she uses them which helps when socializing as she doesn’t get paranoid about her cheeks going red. Daisy, her sister also suffers with sensitive skin and finds they work perfectly fine for her and she doesn’t get any flare ups.
The Self-Tan Drops contain aloe vera, rose water, orange flower and coconut water so are hydrating and soothing. As we always like to stress though, we are all different so I hope they work for you if you do try them! 

Will the Tanning Drops wash off in the shower?

The Tanning Drops aren’t a wash-off tan. Instead, your tan will slowly wear off over a few days – the exact number of days depends on your cleansing routine, your skin type and your own individual cellular renewal. Generally speaking, the tan will last about 5 days.

What is the 5% of non-natural ingredients in the Tanning Drops?

That’s preservatives which protects products from harmful microbial contamination, antioxidants and stabilizers. You can find most of these ingredients in nature, but for safety and economical reason they are synthetized in laboratory to get pure and unique molecule.

How long does the product last?

This is difficult to give an exact answer because a drop isn’t easily quantified. However, as a guide, this 30ml bottle contains approximately 500 to 600 drops.

How often do they need to be applied for a natural glow?

This really depends on a number of things, such as how many drops you use, your cleansing routine, your skin type and your individual skin cellular renewal (the older you are the longer the cell turnover). Generally speaking, the tan will last about 5 days

Can I use any body moisturizer?

Yes you can.

Any questions that you can’t find the answer to please contact us at hello@lucybee.com

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About Lucy Bee Limited

Any information provided by us is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We always recommend referring your health queries to a qualified medical practitioner. Members of the Lucy Bee team can only offer their best advice. 

Lucy Bee is a lifestyle brand selling skincare and soap products all completely free from palm oil and with minimal use of plastic. Lucy Bee is concerned with Fair Trade, organic, ethical and sustainable living, recycling and empowering people to make informed choices and select quality, natural products for their skin.

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