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Aloe Vera based Sunless Tanning products

How are you all doing? Hope you have found a way to keep it cool in this hot humid weather! Drinking lot of water and keeping the body hydrated will help your skin to look and feel radiant even on a hot sunny day.

Speaking of hydration, I have found that Aloe Vera works really well. Products made with Aloe Vera juice help to keep skin hydrated due to the incredible moisturizing properties of Aloe Vera.

We use Aloe Vera in most products and sunless tanning products made with Aloe Vera are very moisturizing. Recently we have received some calls that made me write this post. Misguided information  about products made with Aloe Vera Juice,some companies promoting  that products made with Aloe Vera Juice are thick, tacky and sticky, leaving the skin feeling wet longer period of time  after spray tan and aloe products clog pores – that is far from the truth.

Aloe Vera used in cosmetics, personal care products most likely are 1:1 or 10:1 ratio liquid or sometime used as a 200x powder (which can be reconstituted in a liquid form just before using in products) all of these versions have the same viscosity as a water, leaving the skin feeling  smooth and not tacky or sticky, so even if Aloe Vera is the very first ingredient in the products ingredient list, the end result does not feel tacky , sticky and it does not leaves skin feeling wet for a long period of time.

You might ask why Aloe Vera Gels or Jelly’s found in the stores are thick and green or clear and sometime tacky to the touch. All of these gel or jelly products are  formulated with a combination of  Carbomer and TEA( Triethanolamine)  which creates a perfect gel or some time used is Xanthan gums or Cellulose , all these leaves the skin feeling a bit wet until it dries but it is not the aloe juice that causes this, it is the other ingredients .

If you have ever applied Aloe Juice direct from the plant, it will feel a bit sticky until it dries.  Aloe powders available in the market place for cosmetic or food  industry use are either freeze dried or spray dried. We like to use IASC certified  Aloe Vera powder. IASC stands for International Aloe Science Council, it is a third party verification process that makes sure purity of aloe products,

How do they make aloe powder from Aloe Vera plants?

Aloe plants are freshly harvested, inner gel is then carefully removed to ensure it does not disrupt the Aloin layer, then all the collected gel is processed to remove all the pulp and fiber, gel is then pasteurized to maintain efficacy and concentration using temperature evaporation, concentrated gel is then freeze dried without the use of any matrix, preservation or any other additives.

I hope this gives some idea on how aloe juice are used in cosmetic products including sunless tanning solution. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at AYU labs

Enjoy your life and be healthy!

How to get ready for spray tanning session

If you area seasoned tanner who uses self tanner always or very new to self tanning (spray tanning) , we all have lots of questions about how to prepare and what to expect and what to do once you have your tan , I hope I can help you to ease your mind a little with this post , should you have any question please do not hesitate to email, I would be more then happy to help you!

Day before your spray tan:

Shave, wax or use depilatory to remove unwanted body hair.

Exfoliate entire body with combination of emulsified sugar scrub and exfoliating gloves

Make sure you have everything you need, for your spray tanning session, dark color swim suite( unless your spray tech offers disposable,) Lip balms, hair ties and poncho or umbrella, loose fitting cloths for after session and a big towel for your car seat to avoid staining( just in case)

Day of spray tanning:

Shower with mild body wash that rinse off clean without any residue.

Don’t apply any body lotion, creams or oils unless you have very dry skin, then only apply where dry patches are.

Don’t apply any deodorant or any make up

make sure you wear lose fitting cloths that are dark in color.

Always arrive at sunless spa location for your appointment little early so you can spend some time getting to know what happens, get acquainted with your air brush tech so that you feel comfortable during the session. Continue reading