Many people love the look of being tan but do not want to risk the skin cancer that can be linked to sun exposure. If this sounds like you, sunless tanning lotion may be a good alternative. Read more to learn about how sunless tanning lotions work and other important facts.
How it Works
Sunless tanning lotion works by temporarily dying your skin. The active ingredient stains your skin a shade of tan depending on your base color and the type of formula you use. Most sunless tanning lotions will deepen your tan with multiple applications, so applying layers is a good idea to find that perfect shade of bronze. They also wear off in about three to five days, so reapplication is required to maintain that glow.
How to use it
Pick a product that matches your needs. Is your skin dry, oily or normal? Do you have sensitive skin? Do you want a deep color or a soft glow? Once you select the right type of sunless tanning lotion, it’s time to put it on. Start with a good exfoliation of your skin. This will make sure your skin is smooth and help assure an even application of your sunless tanning lotion. After cleaning your skin and thoroughly drying it, you are ready to slather it on. Try light even coats and go easy on your darker areas (hands, feet, elbows and knees) to ensure even coloring.
If you have any new symptoms occur after applying the sunless tanning lotion, you should stop applying it immediately and wash with gentle soap and water. Think itching, rash and swelling. If the symptoms persist, please contact your physician.
According to Consumersearch.com, “All sunless tanners use DHA (dihydroxyacetone) to temporarily color skin. DHA is considered safe for skin. Sunless tanners do not protect from the sun’s UV rays, so sunscreen should be used in tandem. Also, beware of SPF claims by sunless tanners. If the package doesn’t list the ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Helioplex or avobenzone (or Mexoryl SX or Tinosorb outside the U.S.), then it doesn’t protect against UVA rays, which are the most damaging to skin. “
Pregnant and nursing women should not use sunless tanners of any kind without first consulting their physician. The active ingredient in all of these tanning lotions and sprays, dihydroxyacetone, could cross the skin barrier and be absorbed into the blood stream and therefore the baby’s blood stream. Any unneeded chemical exposure should be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding.