Using Safe Tanning Methods For A Natural Looking Glow

Posted on May 20 2013 - 4:57pm by Melissa Horrocks

Safe tanning methods are a safer solution for those who do not want their skin to be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Many people want a safer way to get a sun-kissed glow. Self-tanners give the epidermis a natural looking tan without coming into contact with harmful UV rays. These sunless products are often considered much safer than being in direct sunlight. Too much exposure to direct sunlight can cause premature aging and skin cancer.

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Self-tanners usually sold as gels, lotions, potions, creams and sprays that are used on the skin. Professional spray-on tanning is also available to buy in spas and salons. One of the main, active ingredients contained in a lot of self-tanners is dihydroxyacetone. When used on the skin, the DHA reacts with the dead cells of the outer-layer of the epidermis. The color of the tan does not wash away, but will eventually fade as the dead cells fall off.

Sunless tanning tablets, often have the color additive canthaxanthin, which is unsafe. When it is taken in large amounts it can turn the skin orange and may even cause hives. Sunless tanning products often go on clear and it takes about an hour to see the results. During this time a person should wear an old towel and not do any strenuous activities that make them sweat. Full color usually takes about eight to 24 hours to develop. Individuals with medium complexions and without freckles usually have the best results. People who are very white may end up looking an orange color and it may not look natural.

Topical self-tanners usually safer compared to sunbathing, providing they are used as per the instructions. Spray tanning may be unsafe because of the risk of inhaling the product. Goggles and nose plugs should be worn when applying the spray tan. As with any safe tanning methods, care should be taken when applying them and they should be kept out of the reach of children.