Do you know henna tanning?


Updated on July 04, 2022 at 3:43 p.m.

Do you know henna tanning?

Do you know henna tanning? – © Getty

As summer arrives, many of us want to proudly display caramel-colored skin. While waiting for the holidays, henna tanning is a solution to satisfy our irrepressible desire for a tanned complexion at the office. Zoom.

What is henna tanning?

Henna is a red or yellow dye from the leaves of a shrub. It has been used for centuries by women in the Middle East to dye their hair or skin. Indeed, this natural dye gives a tanned appearance without danger. But beware, it does not prevent protect from UV. On the contrary, we always apply, to each exposure, a Solar cream.

Stemming from North African beauty rituals, henna tanning is the perfect summer ally, less harmful than UV rays in the salon and more natural than tanning showers. Here’s the right way to go.

Henna tanning session

Lying on a treatment table, we let the beautician apply the henna preparation to us all over the body (apart from the intimate areas) using large, precise circular movements. Some beauticians mix the henna powder with water in front of our eyes while others prefer to let the preparation sit for several hours before the treatment for better results. Applied as a scrub, henna mixing is an effective way to make your skin look new while giving it a golden undertone. Once spread from the feet to the face, the mixture is covered with cellophane to intensify the pigmentation of the superficial layers of the epidermis. After a pause time of 10 minutes, the henna is rinsed off and gives way to a relaxing massage withArgan Oilflower, carrot, orange blossom, jasmine or honey.

The benefits of henna tanning

A 3 in 1 effect: henna is a slightly abrasive preparation which, in addition to giving the skin a golden tint, erases dead cells. An action that leaves the skin infinitely soft and provides an even tan. The naturally antiseptic and healing properties of henna are also ideal for all minor cuts and skin irritations.

A 100% natural composition: made from henna, water and cloves, the preparation used is 100% natural.

A moment of relaxation : even if the henna tanning is also a scrub, the manual application as well as the massage with oils which finalizes the process provide an intense sensation of welfare. A pleasure increased tenfold by the oriental scents that emanate from the preparation and the oils.

A natural and lasting result: the slightly coppery color of the henna tan brings a subtle result far from the sometimes garish and orange nuances of some self tanners. As the days go by, the pigmentation intensifies and blends perfectly with the tan generated by the sun’s rays. While it is difficult to give an exact durability, we know that henna tanning (depending on the acidity and dryness of the skin) lasts on average between one and three weeks.

The disadvantages of henna tanning

The obligation to undress: As you will have understood, henna tanning requires going completely naked (possibility of wearing a disposable thong) and letting the beautician’s hands wander over our body. A practice that will not put off body care enthusiasts but which can be a hindrance for all those who feel a certain discomfort when it comes to stripping.

Not recommended for sensitive skin: as we have previously stipulated on several occasions, this tanning method of oriental origin is also used to erase the dead cells present on the surface of the epidermis. A somewhat abrasive technique that reactive skin may not appreciate.

Useful information

Price of an average session:

50 € for one hour (body and face)
20 € for 30 minutes (face and décolleté)

The good adress :

Oriental charm
18, boulevard du Temple Paris 11th
01 53 17 02 53



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