Sunless Tan with Bondi Sands - Guide to Self Tanning at Home

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  • Sunless Tan with Bondi Sands - Guide to Self Tanning at Home

    July 06, 2023 9 min read


    As the world becomes increasingly obsessed with tanning, Asia is no exception. The sun-kissed look has become a symbol of health and vitality, and young men and women all over the continent are eager to achieve that coveted golden glow. However, for those living in bustling cities like Hong Kong, finding the time to bask in the sun can be a challenge. The daily hustle and bustle leaves little room for leisurely beach trips, and just when we finally have a free day, our skin has already reverted to its original tone, leaving us feeling frustrated and stuck with lackluster skin. But fear not, there are solutions to achieve that sun-kissed look without sacrificing your busy schedule.

    Let’s end the frustration by Bondi Sands’ Self-Tanners and get that perfect tan anytime, anywhere!

    Bondi Sands Self Tanners - Tan Indoors!

    If you're new to the world of fake tans, the prospect of applying self-tanner can be downright intimidating. But fear not, because Bondi Sands has got your back. With their range of tanning products, you can bring the carefree Australian beach vibe to your doorstep and achieve a natural-looking, healthy tan that will have you feeling like a beach babe in no time.

    Bondi Beach
    Bondi Beach

    Not only are Bondi Sands' products easy to use, but they're also made with the environment in mind. The brand is proudly vegan and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about using their products knowing that they were made with ethics in mind.

    Thanks to Spot On, you can now get your hands on Bondi Sands' Gradual Tanning Foam and Light/Medium Tanning Lotion, both of which are suitable for Asian skin tones. Even if you're a first-time self-tanner, you'll fall in love with the natural, smooth tan that these products provide. Say goodbye to uneven, streaky tans and hello to a gorgeous, sun-kissed glow all year round

    Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam

    Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam

    Those of you looking for a slower tanning process or if you want to better gauge the level of tan you want should choose Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam.

    Apply the foam evenly onto your skin and rub into it in circular motions. Over the course of 6 hours you will gradually notice the results. Repeat this for several more days until you see the tan you want or you have reached full saturation.

    We called on volunteers to try and test this product and below are the results after 3 days.

    Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam Tested on our teammate with light skin tone
    Tested on our teammate with light skin tone
    Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam tested on our teammate with fair skin tone
    Tested on our teammate with fair skin tone

    From the pictures, you can see that using Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam alone does not give you a perfect bronze skin tone, but it can help darken your skin in a natural way. If you're new to tanning, you might want to try out Gradual Tanning Foam first to see if it suits you before going all in with Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion.

    Once you've got the skin tone you want with the gradual tanning foam, it's a good idea to keep using it every 2-3 days to keep the effect going. Without reapplication, the tan will fade after about 3-5 days and your skin will go back to its usual color.

    Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion

    Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion

    If you're in search of a quick-fix for achieving a sun-kissed glow, look no further than Bondi Sands' Self Tanning Lotion. This product promises to deliver overnight results, so you can wake up with a bronzed complexion that looks like you've spent hours lounging on the beach. Plus, the best part is that you can customize the depth of your tan by leaving the lotion on for longer.

    But don't just take our word for it - one of our very own teammates tried this product and the results were instant! We're talking about a natural-looking tan that made them look like they just got back from a tropical vacation. So, if you're looking to achieve an outdoorsy tan without actually having to spend hours in the sun, Bondi Sands' Self Tanning Lotion might just be the answer to your prayers. Get ready to say hello to a radiant and glowing complexion that will have everyone asking about your secret!

    Bondi Sands Self Tannning Lotion tested on our teammate with light skin tone
    Tested on our teammate with light skin tone

    As you can see, the effects of the Self Tanning Lotion are much more noticeable than the Gradual Tanning Foam, but there are a few steps to follow for you to achieve an even tan. So before you get started, make sure to read the instructions below.

    How to Use Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion?

    Step 1. Exfoliate, Shave and Moisturise

    The dead cells on the outer layer of our skin (stratum corneum) and hair can make your tan look uneven, to ensure that these areas are fully prepared, it's crucial to give them the attention they need. Use body scrubs or a bath ball to exfoliate before proceeding to the next step - shaving.

    Remember, exfoliated skin can be extra sensitive, so be careful not to cut yourself when you shave. And guys, if you're not into shaving body hair, no worries! Just make sure you apply self-tanning lotion as evenly as you can on hairy skin.

    Exfoliate before applying self tanners for the best results!
    Exfoliate before applying self tanners for the best results!

    Once you're done shaving, don't forget to moisturize your skin for a bright and beautiful tan the next day!

    If you forgot to do all these the day before, try to wait at least 2-3 hours after exfoliating and shaving before applying the self-tanning lotion. This will help prevent the lotion from seeping into your pores too much. And if you're doing all of these steps in one day, do not moisturise your whole body - that could mess up your tan! We'll give you all the details on how to do this right below.

    Step 2. Take a Shower and Dry Completely

    Before using Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion, be sure to shower and dry your body thoroughly. Any leftover body oils can weaken the tanning effect.

    If you've already done Step 1 the day before, you can jump right into tanning once you're dry. But if you're doing everything on the same day, it's a good idea to apply a thin layer of moisturiser to your palms, soles, elbows, and knees. These areas are generally drier, and the tanning lotion tends to grab on these areas and they will end up looking darker than the rest of your skin. Using moisturiser to help even things out for an all-over glorious tan.

    Step 3. Apply on Body with a Smooth Towel

    Alright, it's time for the main event: applying that self-tanning lotion! We recommend using a tanner application mitt to apply the lotion to your upper body. If you don’t have one, use a smooth towel as an alternative, a swimming microfiber towel would be a great choice. Since the lotion is dark brown, it's best to use a darker towel or one you won't mind getting stained.

    We do not recommend using a normal towel for application. The fibre of a normal towel is too coarse and it wouldn’t be easy to get an even tan. And we know you’re wondering if you can just apply it with your bare hands, but the answer is no, if you don’t want your palms to be a lot darker than other parts of your body.

    When it comes to applying self-tanning lotion, it's important to use long, sweeping motions to ensure even coverage on your legs, arms, and body. However, when it comes to your back, it's best to enlist the help of a family member or partner. If you don't have anyone available to assist you, you'll need to stretch your arms and shoulders and do your best to apply the lotion evenly across your entire back. Be sure to use a full-length mirror to check for any missed spots and ensure that your tan is flawless from every angle.

    Step 4. Wait till Dry before Putting on Clothes

    Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion dries super fast, so there’s no need to be naked for long - phew! But if you're still worried it's not completely dry, you can lightly pat some loose powder or baby powder on your skin.

    Wear loose, dark clothes after applying self tanners
    Wear loose, dark clothes after applying self tanners

    We recommend wearing loose, dark-colored clothes on the day you apply the lotion. Although Bondi Sands tanning lotion’s color transfer is minimal, tight clothing or rubbing against clothes can wear the tan off, especially within the same day of application. And if you're worried about colour transfer on your sheets, try wearing loose-fit, long-sleeved pajamas or use dark sheets.

    To sum up, the key to avoiding colour transfer are: 1. Don’t wear your favourite outfit after application. 2. Wear loose, dark colour clothing and use dark colour sheets just in case!

    Step 5. Wash Your Body in 1-8 Hours

    Once you've applied Bondi Sands Self Tanning lotion, you can wash it off after just 1 hour if you're in a rush. But if you're looking for a darker skin tone, you can leave the lotion on for up to 8 hours before washing it off. That way, you can control how deep your tan gets.

    Pro tip: For the darkest skin tone possible, reapply half an hour after the first application and then wash it off after 8 hours. If you're looking for a really dark tan, this is the way to do it!

    Tips to Maintain Your Tan

    So, the self-tanning effect of Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion stays on the top layer of your skin (the epidermis), which means it gradually fades as your skin renews itself. If you want to keep that gorgeous tan for as long as possible, here are some tips to slow down the rate at which your skin cells shed.

    First things first: avoid using scrubs or bath balls when you shower or bathe - they can speed up the process of shedding dead skin cells. And in general, be gentle with your skin and don't rub it too hard.

    Even though you would love to go swimming with the nice tan from Bondi Sands, prolonged exposure to chlorinated or sea water can cause the tan to fade a little sooner. Be mindful of how long you spend in the pool or sea. Excessive and regular sweating would have the same effect on your tan, so try to stay in an air-conditioned room when you work out.

    For daily maintenance, use a soft towel to gently pat your skin dry after showering - especially on the first day after using the self-tanning lotion. And make sure to moisturize your skin with lotion to keep it hydrated and prevent it from getting dry and flaky.

    If you notice that your tan starts fading, use Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam to maintain your skin tone while also giving it a boost of hydration and radiance.

    Get a perfect tan this summer!
    Get a perfect tan this summer!

    And if you start to miss that tan-tastic tan after a week or two, don't worry - just follow the above steps to rebuild your ideal skin tone whenever you want!


    What’s the science behind self-tanning products?

    The effect of DHA in self-tanning products
    The effect of DHA in self-tanning products

    The ingredient that makes your skin darker in self-tanning products is called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA reacts with the nitrogen in the amino acids on the top layer of your skin (the epidermis) to create brown compounds that give you that golden glow. The process is called a Maillard reaction. As your skin naturally sheds, the tan will gradually fade and your skin will turn back to its original tone.

    Is Bondi Sands safe?

    Absolutely! The ingredients in Bondi Sands are non-toxic and only react with the top layer of your skin, so there are no permanent or long-term effects (though after your first tan you may well want it to stay). The whole range of Bondi Sands can be used on your face, even during pregnancy! Bondi Sands is suitable for anyone in any situation, except for use on the breasts while breastfeeding.

    If you have very sensitive skin, we recommend doing a patch test on a small area before using it all over your body to make sure you're not allergic. And if you're still worried about any potential health effects, you can always check with your doctor first.

    What’s the difference between the 2 products?


    Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion

    Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam


    Gives a healthy tan

    Darken the skin, maintain the tan from Bondi Sands self-tanning lotion


    An obvious, immediate effect

    A gradual, natural effect


    Apply when the tan faded

    Can be used every day


    Wash in 1-8 hours after application

    No need to wash, just shower as you normally do

    How to Use

    Please read the above section

    Apply to the body when needed

    To conclude, if you want a sun-kissed tan, Bondi Sands self-tanning lotion is the product for you. And to keep that golden glow going, use the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam - it's the perfect combo for a long-lasting tan!

    How long can the effects last?

    If you stop using the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam, your tan will gradually fade and your skin will return to its original shade within 3-5 days.

    As for the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion, it generally lasts for about 5-7 days before starting to fade. But if you take good care of your skin and pair it with the Gradual Tanning Foam, you can extend the life of your tan to up to 2 weeks!

    Can I sunbathe after getting a tan with Bondi Sands?

    Sure! If you want a tan that lasts for months, you have to spend some quality time soaking up those rays. While Bondi Sands can give you a dark complexion, there's nothing like the real thing. So, hit the beach and enjoy the sunshine! That way, when your self-tan starts to fade, you'll still have that sun-kissed look you love!

    Just a warm reminder: Bondi Sands self-tanning products do not contain any sunscreen. So, to avoid sunburn, make sure to apply sunscreen before you head out into the sunshine.

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