How to use Cytotan

Take one capsule twice daily with or shortly after meals, until a tan develops.

A tan will only appear once the fat cell beneath the skin are saturated with astaxanthin. This usually takes four weeks, but may be longer in people with a higher body fat percentage. A tan colouring of the hands and ankles is a sign that saturation has occurred. Once this happens, drop your dose to one capsule daily and this discolouration will disappear, but the tan will be maintained.

To maintain your tan indefinitely after saturation, continue taking one capsule daily as a maintenance dose. Your tan can be regulated or darkened by periodically increasing your dose to one capsule twice daily, when required. To accelerate the onset of the tan by one week, two capsules twice daily can be taken until the tan develops, thereafter dropping to one capsule daily.


Astaxanthin is unlike several carotenes and one other known carotenoid, is not converted to vitamin A (retinol) in the human body. Like other carotenoids, astaxanthin has self-limited absorption orally and such low toxicity by mouth that no toxic syndrome is known. It is an antioxidant with a slightly lower antioxidant activity in some model systems than other carotenoids. However, in living organisms the free-radical terminating effectiveness of each carotenoid is heavily modified by its lipid solubility, and thus varies with the type of system being protected.