Products To Avoid

  • Aerosol sunscreens

  • AHA products (Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Glycolic, Lactic, Malic, Citric, and Tartaric acids)

  • Products containing mineral oil, petroleum or parabens

  • Anti-acne products that exfoliate or dry the skin, such as Accutane and Salicylic acid

  • Antibiotics or other medications that affect your skin can also affect your tan

  • Anti-aging products that "renew," "refresh," or otherwise exfoliate skin

  • Band-Aid or adhesive tape applied to skin will pull the tan off

  • Bar soaps and body wash, especially deodorant or antibacterial varieties, some examples are:

  • Dove

  • Irish Spring

  • Dr. Bronners

  • Dial

  • Victoria Secret Products

  • Bath and Body Works

  • Oil of Olay

  • Aveeno

  • BHA Products (Beta Hydroxy Acids: salicylic acid)

  • Body hair bleach products will bleach the tan. Non-bleach skin lighteners are fine. Biore-type adhesive facial strips or “peel-off” masks

  • Bug spray, perfumes, or body sprays that are sprayed directly onto skin can remove or fade the tan. Instead, spray clothing, or spray a "cloud" of spray that you can walk through, instead of spraying directly onto skin.

  • Curel lotions will fade a tan faster, on some people

  • CeraVe

  • Facial masks

  • Exfoliating scrubs

  • Hair Inhibiting Lotions (Jergens, etc.) tend to make a sunless tan yellow

  • Makeup remover cleaning products, or oils used to clean away eye makeup

  • Retin-A type products (Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, Tretinoin) all will cause faster fading

  • All brands of Shaving gel or cream

  • Razors with a moisture strip on it

  • Toners containing alcohols or witch hazel in the top three ingredients listed can lighten a tan

  • Wax or Depilatory hair removal products such as Nair, Veet, Neet, etc.