Katianna Nightingale is the creator of Aqua Tan a new generation of self-tanning products made with ingredients that are actually good for your skin. A great alternative to tanning beds. In this interview Katianna talks about her inspiration behind creating Aqua Tan, which celebrities are rumored to be fans, and her passion for Skin Care Awareness.

How was the concept for Aqua Tan born?
The market desperately needed a good self tanner that looked natural, felt natural and was good for your skin. I stopped using tanning beds for a tan after getting skin cancer and couldn’t find a self tanner I wanted to use, especially on my face. So, I traveled around Europe and met with the top chemists and together we developed Aqua Tan Self Tanning Treatment for faces. It is refreshing and transforming like water and it is water based, so the name Aqua Tan seemed a perfect fit.

What is Aqua Tan’s main philosophy?
To transform our clients with a gorgeous, healthy, natural looking tan using the finest ingredients, in the most beautiful packaging.

“The market desperately needed a good self tanner that looked natural, felt natural and was good for your skin. I stopped using tanning beds for a tan after getting skin cancer and couldn’t find a self tanner I wanted to use, especially on my face.”

How is Aqua Tan self-tanning different than other tanning products on the market?
The Aqua Tan experience is truly unique. A refreshing change of pace in the self tanning marketplace. Aqua Tan Self Tanning Spray delivers a fine, clean as water, 100% natural mist that smells so good some call it an aphrodisiac. Our self tanning line is loaded with the finest skin nourshing botanicals and anti-oxidants. Aqua Tan products go on clean without any dyes and smell refreshing without offensive odors. Aqua Tans match your skin tone and are very natural looking. And, men love Aqua Tan too! The luxurious luminescent cobalt blue bottles with silver accents are truly unique in the self tanning category.

Your products are formulated with “sacred water”, what does this mean to our skin?
We add a splash of water from a sacred shrine in Lourdes, France that is world renowned for its healing powers. It’s mineral contents are good for your skin and it adds a blessing to your spirit if you are open to it.

Aside from sacred water, what other ingredients can we find in your products?
Aqua Tan Self Tanning Spray for Faces is 100% natural and loaded with skin rejuvenating and nourishing ingredients like Awapuhi, Avocado, Papaya, Cucumber and Aloe Vera Extracts. Protecting your skin from free radicals found in the environment is just as important. The powerful antioxidants Green Tea Extract, White Tea Extract and Vitamins A, C and E found in this formula helps your skin fight the free radicals and keeps you skin looking young.
Aqua Tan Self Tanning Body Milk is also paraben & salicylate free. This clean and refreshing self tanner is enriched with a cocktail of the finest ingredients. White Tea, Cucumber and Green Tea Extracts, it is extremely light weight, smells fresh and delivers a gorgeous tan without bronzers. Shea butter, kukui nut oil, avocado oil , cocoa butter, vitamin E, and vitamin B5 indulge your skin with nourishment and leave your skin soft and supple.
Aqua Tan Sensual Tan Extender is a daily glow product with a hint of self tanner. This sensual hydrating treatment infuses your skin with powerful antioxidants while pampering your skin. It enhances and illuminates your tan without the sun. Aqua Tan’s unique treatment is bursting with polyphenols. The unique combination of Extracts of White Tea, Green Tea, Cucumber, CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and DMAE help restore skin firmness, heal the skin and prevent signs of aging. Shea Butter, Kukui Nut Oil, Avocado Oil , Vitamin E, Vitamin B5 indulge your skin with nourishment, and leave your skin luxuriously soft and supple. Light, alluring aromatherapy fragrance lifts your spirits. Natural Ingredients: Paraben & Salicylate Free

How did you come up with such beautiful product packaging?
Aqua Tan wanted to introduce luxury packaging to the self tanning category. We wanted to set the bar. We wanted something worthy of our formula. So we selected luminescent cobalt blue bottles reminiscent of the Aegean Sea to market our water based solution. The silver fine mist sprayer ensured an even application. The rich silver cap and base provided the right accents. The sleek, nautical packaging appeals to men and women as does the formula.

Which products do you recommend to someone who never used Aqua Tan before?
The nice thing about Aqua Tan Self Tanners is that they deliver very natural looking tans, so even fair skinned clients can gradually build a darker tan. The line was developed to build a custom tan, always looking natural.

How did the idea to first launch Aqua Tan at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival come about?
The Cannes Film Festival is the quintessential venue for beauty and fashion and the French Riviera is where tanning first became a fashion statement. Once we had developed a self tanner that catered to the most discriminating jet set clientele, we found it fitting to return to these beaches with a healthy tanning alternative.

What is new this year with Aqua Tan?
We have added a Gentle Purifying Gelee that gently exfoliates the skin for a polished glow and prepares the skin for a flawless self tan.

What celebrities are rumored to be fans of Aqua tan?
Aqua Tan is popular with TV and Film personalities and a favorite of make-up artists in Hollywood. Our clients like to keep it under wraps. Our celebrity photos can be viewed at www.aquatan.tv.

Where can we buy Aqua Tan products?
You can buy Aqua Tan online at www.aquatan.tv and at select spas and boutiques.

What are some of your passions besides your business?
Skin Cancer Awareness is very important to me. We have created television spots and aired them nationally to help people become aware of the melanoma epidemic.

It was a pleasure to interview Katianna you can find out more about Aquatan and protecting your skin from the suns harmful rays at www.aquatan.tv

Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 191 user reviews.

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