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Bondi Sands FAQs

Should I choose the Light/Medium, Dark or Ultra Dark version?

If you’re unsure we recommend starting with the light/medium. The actual difference in colour between the dark and light/medium has a lot to do with your skin and how it develops the tan.

Once applied you can wash skin after just 1 hour, but for a deeper, longer lasting tan leave on for up to 8 hours. As it really is personal choice, you may need to test it out a few times before knowing what suits you best. And after washing off, you can always re-apply if you’re after a deeper tan. You can also check out our online shop’s product section or Instagram page @bondisands to see our customers before and afters.

Can I swim after applying Bondi Sands?

We recommend avoiding swimming for 6 - 8 hours after applying your tan to allow it to develop fully on your skin. Once your tan has developed you can swim, however seawater and chlorinated pools may result in your tan fading a little more quickly.

Will my tan go patchy if I exercise with Bondi Sands?

Your tan should stay even and streak-free while exercising, however heavy sweating on a regular basis can result in fading.

How long do I need to wait before showering after applying Bondi Sands?

Our Self Tan ranges can be washed off after just 1 hour, but for a deeper tan we advise avoiding showering, swimming, and perspiring for 6 - 8 hours to allow your tan to develop fully on the skin.

What is the difference between the Bondi Sand Self Tan and Gradual Tan?

Our Self Tanning Foams, Oils, Lotions and Mists dry in seconds to reveal a rich, natural looking tan which lasts between 5-7 days.

Our Everyday Gradual Tanning Products build a golden bronze colour gradually over time. Once you’ve achieved the golden tan you’re after, you can apply every 2 - 3 days to your liking. A great start if you're hesitant to try a self tanning product straight away or perfect for maintaining your Bondi Sands tan!

What is DHA?

DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is the active ingredient in self tanning products. It is a sugar molecule that reacts to the amino acids on the surface of the skin. The level of DHA controls how dark and natural the color looks. Bondi Sands uses a high level of DHA that is carefully formulated to create a natural looking tan – balanced with moisturizers to guarantee a smooth, streak-free application and glow.

Which Bondi Sands product is right for me?

It really does come down to personal preference. We recommend checking out the Bondi Sands Chatbot to help decide which product is for you. You can also visit our Bondi Sands YouTube channel for various tutorials, application tips and tricks.

What makes Bondi Sands a salon quality formula?

All Bondi Sands tanning products are derived from salon quality formulas. That is, a formula defined by a premium green/blue dye that results in a natural looking tan. Many other tanning brands’ formulas are based on an orange/yellow dye, using lower quality ingredients, which can result in an orange skin tone.

How long will my Bondi Sands tan last? 

Your Bondi Sands tan should last between 5 - 7 days, and with good preparation and moisturising it can last even longer. However, everyone's skin naturally exfoliates at a different rate. Our Gradual Tanning Products are is the perfect to help prolong your tan.

Are Bondi Sands products suitable for the face?

All Bondi Sands products can be used on the face. However, being a generally sensitive area it’s important to patch test first. Some people like to mix a small amount of self tanner with their daily moisturizer, but if you do have sensitive or problematic skin, we recommend our Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk For Face, which is specially formulated for the area.

Can Bondi Sands be used during pregnancy?

It is typically only the top layer of the skin that’s affected by DHA, and shouldn't have any harmful effects while pregnant.

If you’re unsure, it’s always best to double-check with your doctor. To be extra cautious we recommend covering your mouth, nose and eyes when applying to prevent inhaling the products. Additionally do not apply to the breast area if breastfeeding.

It can also be helpful to do a skin test before self-tanning, as hormone levels can fluctuate throughout pregnancy.

Will Bondi Sands tan transfer onto clothing?

We recommend wearing loose, dark clothing for up to 8 hours while your tan develops. Until washing the excess tan off, please be mindful that the color may transfer onto items of clothing or bedding. Bondi Sands does however dry quickly and any transfer will be minimal.

Will I turn orange with Bondi Sands?

Bondi Sands products are formulated green based, so that our customers result in a natural warm beautiful tan that doesn't appear orange. This being said, color development is very dependent on the skin’s pH levels.

Unfortunately, everyone’s skin is different and can react differently to self tanning products. An orange result may also occur naturally depending on the makeup of your skin. Not all skin types react the same when exposed to DHA (the active ingredient that changes the color of the skin). Applying too much DHA or tanning product may also result in an orange tan, and this is accentuated when applied to pale or lighter skin types.

A patch test will determine how your skin will react to the product.

Will Bondi Sands stain my sheets?

Although Bondi Sands self tanning products are transfer resistant, if you are to sleep in your tan, we recommend using dark colored sheets, or wearing full length, loose fitting, dark colored pyjamas.

Should any self tan come into contact with the sheets, rest assured, all ingredients in our products are water soluble and should easily wash out - there are no staining agents in the products.

If you find any transfer on your sheets, we recommend machine washing them as soon as possible.

Will Bondi Sands smell?

All Bondi Sands self tanning products have a fresh coconut scent.

Can I still get a tan from the sun while use Bondi Sands?

Yes, you can still get a tan from the sun while wearing Bondi Sands. It's important to know that our self tanners do no offer any sun protection. Our products allow you to experience a beautiful natural tan without the need for harmful solariums or sun rays. We always recommend applying Sunscreen when exposed to the sun.

Why aren't the Bondi Sands aerosol products available for international shipping?

Unfortunately due to regulations beyond our control we are unable to send any of our aerosol products internationally as aerosol cans are considered 'dangerous goods'.

Is Bondi Sands tested on animals?

No, Bondi Sands is opposed to animal testing and none of our products have been tested on animals.

Is Bondi Sands suitable for all ages?

Yes, Bondi Sands products are suitable for all ages.

How does the Bondi Sands Money Back Guarantee work?

To learn more about the Bondi Sands Money Back Guarantee, please click here.

Self Tan FAQs

How long will my Bondi Sands tan last?

Your self tan results should last approximately 5-7 days. Potentially even longer if you can get your hands on our Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk! This product is hydrating and enriched with antioxidants, aloe vera and vitamin E so it's great for the skin while prolonging your tan. We recommend using it daily after self tanning.

Other tips to keep your tan looking fabulous is to:
- limit time in water
- avoid scrubbing/rubbing your skin
- shaving, waxing
- hot saunas / steam rooms
- avoid any other form of skin exfoliation.

For more useful tanning tips and tricks, visit the Bondi Sands YouTube channel.

What’s the best way to prepare for a Bondi Sands Tan?

First of all, make sure you are freshly showered. Get rid of that dead layer of skin by exfoliating from head to toe. Once you get out of the shower, make sure you are completely dry and do not put on any moisturizer or deodorant. You want your skin to be like a blank canvas, completely bare and ready to be painted. If you wish, you can put a little bit of moisturizer on your hands, feet, elbows and knees. The moisturizer will work like a barrier to the tan and by applying to those areas you will find they do not go too dark! (The tan likes to grab to those areas more than others)

Now that your body is prepped, find somewhere with good lighting, in front of a mirror. Being able to see where you applying will ensure you have covered all areas and blended it all in for a flawless finish. For an even streak free application try the Bondi Sands Application Mitt.

For more useful tanning tips and tricks, visit the Bondi Sands YouTube channel.

What are some common mistakes that people make when applying Bondi Sands at home?

The most common mistake when applying self tanning products is in the application method itself. We generally recommend following the below steps for optimum results:

First of all, make sure you are freshly showered. Get rid of that dead layer of skin by exfoliating from head to toe. Once you get out of the shower, make sure you do not put on any moisturizer or deodorant. Also make sure you are completely dry. You want your skin to be like a blank canvas, completely bare and ready to be painted. If you wish, you can put a little bit of moisturizer on your hands, feet, elbows and knees. The moisturizer will work like a barrier to the tan and by applying to those areas you will find they do not go too dark! (The tan likes to grab to those areas more than others)

Now that your body is prepped, find somewhere with good lighting, in front of a mirror. Being able to see where you applying will ensure you have covered all areas and rubbed it all in.

For an even streak free application try the Bondi Sands Application Mitt. Using an Application Mitt will also eliminate the chance of ending with tanned palms.

Once applied you can wash the tan off after just 1 hour, but for a deeper long-lasting tan leave on your skin for up 8 hours. It really is personal choice. You might have to test it out a few times, to work out what suits you the best!

Once you wash it off, continue to pat yourself dry after showering, and why not try our Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk to moisturize the skin and prolong the life of your tan.

You can reapply once a week or once every two weeks. It is a personal choice and it is all about finding out what works best for you!

For more useful tanning tips and tricks, visit the Bondi Sands YouTube channel.

How can I prolong my Bondi Sands Tan for as long as possible?

We highly recommend keeping your skin hydrated after self tanning to prolong your tan. Skin dryness speeds up the skin’s natural exfoliation process and you don't want your tan to fade too soon!

Exfoliation, prolonged water submersion, or heavy sweating can also lighten the tan, as these all contribute to rapid dead skin cell exfoliation, so we recommend avoiding these activities!

Even better if you can get your hands on our Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk. This product is hydrating and enriched with antioxidants, aloe vera and vitamin E so it's great for the skin while prolonging your tan! We recommend using it daily after self tanning.

How can I get a natural looking finish on my hands, knees and feet?

If you wish, you can put a little bit of moisturizer on your hands, feet, elbows and knees. The moisturizer will work like a barrier to the tan and by applying to those areas you will find they do not go too dark! (The tan likes to grab to those areas more than others).

How do I tan my face

All of our products are TGA (Australian Product Regulator) approved and are safe for full body application including the face. As with any skin care product, we would recommend you test patch first. To tan your face, use the leftover residue on your application mitt to blend gently onto your face.

If your skin is sensitive or prone to breakouts, you may be interested in our Everyday Face Gradual Tanner which has been specially formulated for the face. We made this formula thinner and unscented, so it is much less likely to clog the pores, cause breakouts or irritate the skin.

Can you use multiple Bondi Sands products at a time?

We generally recommend sticking to the one self tanning product per application. If you do not find the color to be as dark as you would expect, you can always apply a second coat 30-60 minutes after initial application or the following day if the developed color is not to your desired color depth. To maintain your tan, we recommend using one of our everyday gradual tanning products.

Do you need a Self Tanning Application Mitt?

We recommend using an Application Mitt for all other self tan products for an even, streak-free, flawless finish every time.

Can you leave Bondi Sands on overnight?

You can definitely leave your Bondi Sands Foam on as long as you'd like, some people prefer to sleep with it on overnight!

Will my tan get darker after I shower?

Once applied you can wash the tan off after just 1 hour, but for a deeper long lasting tan leave on your skin for up 8 hours. It really is personal choice. You might have to test it out a few times, to work out what suits you the best! For best results, we recommend letting your tan develop 6-8 hours.

Should you shave before self tanning?

Ensure you’re applying your preferred product at least an hour after showering and 24hrs post shaving. Keep your application light and don’t be too concerned about the spots you’re seeing, since the color guide will completely rinse off after development time and it would be rare for your tan result be affected by this.

How often should you self tan?

It is personal preference and really depends on how your skin and tan are looking. If it has faded considerably or your skin is appearing dry, you may prefer to remove the tan completely and start with a fresh blank canvas. If you choose this option, the best way to remove your tan is with our Self Tan Eraser. If your skin is cared for your tan should fade evenly. When you decide to re-tan you will definitely get best results from removing your previous tan completely and starting with a fresh blank canvas.

Ordering Online FAQs

Ordering online

At the end of the ordering process, you are invited to click on the ‘Pay’ button, which will confirm your order. Once your order has been transmitted to Bondi Sands you will receive an order confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of placing your order please contact info@bondisands.com.au.

All orders received will be dispatched the next working day for standard delivery (Depending on stock availability and/or order confirmation). Orders are processed and shipped on working days only (Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays).

When your order has been dispatched you will receive another email with your tracking details and estimated time of delivery. You can also track your order here.

USA Delivery

Retail Orders

  • Standard Delivery (UPS, 3-5 business days) is FREE for all orders over $50, otherwise a flat rate of $5 applies.

  • Express Delivery (UPS, 1-3 business days) is also available - flat rate of $10 applies.

Professional Orders

  • Standard Delivery (UPS, 3-5 business days) is FREE for all orders over $500, otherwise a flat rate of $15 applies.

Mexico Delivery

  • Standard Delivery (UPS, 4-10 business days) - US$10 or FREE for all orders over US$100. 

Canada Delivery

  • Canadian customers can now shop Bondi Sands in store and online exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart Shop Now

Please Note

Orders destined for P.O. Boxes are delivered within 6-14 business days. Orders destined for APO/FPO/DPO and U.S. Territories are delivered within 14-21 business days of the order's ship date and may not be eligible for express service. Delivery for some locations in Alaska and Hawaii may take up to 14 business days and may not be eligible for express service.

Please note there may be the occasional customs or courier delay which could affect the delivery timeframe.

All orders are sent via courier and are fully trackable; It is suggested that you provide a delivery address where a person will be available to accept your delivery between 9 – 5pm. Otherwise your parcel will be re-directed to the nearest post office/depot for collection. All orders are dispatched by the next business day and delivered within 7 business days. Delivery during peak periods such as Public Holidays, Christmas and promotional periods can experience longer delivery times.

In the event of a dispute between Bondi Sands and its customer about an order made on the bondisands.com website, the data registered by Bondi Sands will be conclusive proof of the details of the transaction. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of placing your order please contact info@bondisands.com.au

I've ordered the wrong products

Once an order is placed we’re not able to make any changes to the items in the order unfortunately! Once received you’re welcome to make a return with us.

I need to cancel the order I just created

Once an order is placed and received by our warehouse, we’re unfortunately not able to cancel the order. Once your parcel is received you’re more than welcome to make a return with us.

Wholesale Enquiries

For all Wholesale enquiries please email us at info@bondisands.com.au

 

 

To become a Distributor or Retailer:

 

 

Please email us at info@bondisands.com.au

 

 

Salon Professional:

 

For all wholesale enquiries relating to our professional salon spray tan solution please email professional@bondisands.com.au
Please note, we do not offer our retail at home use products for sale to salons. To purchase our Salon spray tan solutions at a wholesale price please sign up for a professional account here: https://bondisands.com.au/collections/professional

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Where To Purchase Bondi Sands

Where to purchase Bondi Sands

You can purchase Bondi Sands products from stockists throughout the US, or online.

Click herefor the full list of current stockists, or shop online now!

More questions?

If you have a question we haven’t answered, we’d love to help. Email us at info@bondisands.com.au or message our chatbot and we’ll get you the information you’re looking for.

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