We all know how damaging the sun’s rays can be for our skin especially when it is exposed for long periods of time. With incidences of melanoma and skin cancer on the rise, it is vital that people wanting to get the tanned look not expose their skin to the harsh UV rays of the sun or the tanning beds.
So how do you ensure the tanned glow on the face without sitting out on the beach for hours or using a sunbed? Well, sunless tanning products might just be the answer to your woes.
Using these products you can easily sport a fake tan for a quick glow and a natural look. While there are a number of professional spray tanning parlors, getting a tan in one of these can burn a considerable hole in your pocket. A cheaper and an equally effective solution to the problem are sunless tanning products such as lotions, sprays, creams and tanning pills.
In evidence since the 1960s when Coppertone introduced its first fake tanning product known as Quick Tanning Lotion or QT, these products have since made a number of advancements to give you the natural tanned look. Based on the type of look you want whether it is a deep dark tan or a natural bronzed look, you can apply the tanning products.
So how do these self tanning products work to give you the fake tan? Among the self tanning products available in the market, the sunless tanning lotions and creams contain an important ingredient known as dihydroxyacetone or DHA. This active ingredient is not a stain or a dye but rather a chemical that reacts with the amino acids of the dead cells in the skin’s epidermal layer known as stratum corneum.
As the colorless sugar present in DHA reacts with the skin, a color change is initiated. The tan produced by this reaction is temporary and within four to five days with the dead cells being worn away, you will need to reapply the lotion or spray.
Some other self tanning products include tanning pills which contain canthaxanthin and other tanning accelerators which stimulate tyrosine that when ingested increase melanin production and give you a fake tan. To apply the sprays and lotion evenly and reduce streaks, ensure that you exfoliate and moisturize your skin before use.
Remember that after application it takes around 45 minutes for the product to take effect. Since these products do not offer any sun protection, you need to slather on a sunscreen before stepping out in the sun.