So what are the choices?
- Spray Tans
How does a sunless tan actually work?
The main ingredient in a sunless tanning product is DHA (dihydroxyacetone). DHA is an FDA approved, sugar based ingredient, typically derived from beets or sugarcane, which reacts with the top layer of the skin to turn it a brown or tan color. This color takes up to several hours to fully develop. Users are advised to avoid washing, swimming, and if possible, sweating heavily for up to eight hours after a sunless tanning session. The color doesn't wash off, but it gradually fades within a few days as the dead skin cells slough off.
Spray Tans - DHA spray-tanning booths are not approved by the FDA. Products with DHA may be applied to the skin except in areas of the eyes or mucous membranes, such as the lips. Adverse events have occurred in spray tanning booths and include dizziness, coughing, or fainting. Instead, choose the sunless lotions, gels, or creams that are applied by hand.
Will sunless tanning products protect me from the sun?
Most sunless tanning products do not contain UV protection. Still wear your sunscreen!
How to apply sunless tanning products?
To get the most natural even-looking tan you need to exfoliate first. Shave your legs before applying product. Apply evenly and use sparingly on elbows, knees and ankles. Let it dry completely before dressing.
Is Sunless tanning my only option?
There is no such thing as a safe outdoor tan. In actuality, the skin responds to tanning as an injury inflicted by sun exposure by producing melanin, which creates the bronze glow. Therefore, every time you tan, you do cumulative damage to your skin, accelerating the aging process with pre-mature wrinkles, age spots and of course skin cancer. Childhood sunburns and exposure to UV rays are risks for melanoma.
Tanning beds are not an option - countries are beginning to ban these devices.
Indoor tanning is associated with melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, damage to eyes, and premature skin aging, such as wrinkles and sun spots. There are many young people who suffer from melanoma and many of them are women.
Find the beauty in your natural skin color and not risk your health by tanning. If you want the sun-kissed look - go for the Sunless Tanning - the only safe option!