Everything You Need To Know About Sunless Tanning
Achieving the perfect sun-kissed glow doesn’t mean you need to spend hours under the hot sun. You can get healthy, natural radiance from sunless tanning products and services. Not only can the process be faster, but it also can be safer as there’s no exposure to damaging sun rays.
Before booking an appointment or shopping for products, let’s go over the proper steps as well as the benefits of sunless tanning.
How Does it Work?
Sunless tanning products — also referred to as self-tanners — can come in lotions, creams and sprays that are intended to be directly applied to skin. Typically, their active ingredient is the color additive dihydroxyacetone (DHA). These products work by reacting with dead cells in the skin’s surface layer to produce a darkening effect, thus simulating a tan.
Another sunless tanning option is professional spray-on tanning. It’s similar to products used at home but tends to tan more evenly and usually lasts longer. Both processes using DHA are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for external application, but the FDA warns it should not be inhaled or applied to areas with mucous membranes, such as the lips, nose and around the eyes.
Using topical tanning products as directed is considered safe, especially when compared to intentional sunbathing. Sunbathers are often overexposed to harmful ultraviolent (UV) rays, which are linked to skin cancer and skin damage. Dermatologists often refer to this damage as photoaging and the effects can include wrinkling, blemishes, loss of skin tone and more.
Aside from reducing the risk of cancer and photoaging, spray tanning can yield more uniform coverage with less streaking. Additionally, advanced formulas and modern technology help prevent spray tanning from producing the infamous and unappealing orange glow.Another benefit is that tanning can produce an attractive, slimming effect for the body while simultaneously reducing the visibility of scars, pigmentation marks and cellulite.
It’s important to keep in mind that a spray tan will not protect you from UV rays. Daily skin protection,such as sunscreen,is still necessary.
Prepping Your Skin
Thinking you might be ready to try sunless tanning? First, there are some skin preparations required to get the best results. For starters, if you are going to shave,it should be done beforehand. Experts recommend using a new blade and rinsing with ice water to close skin pores after shaving if you are tanning on the same day. It’s also advised to exfoliate your body earlier in the day or during the previous night.
Do not to use perfume, lotion, make-up or even deodorant before starting a sunless tan session,as these skin products can interfere with the results. When going to a professional, let them know of any skin conditions such as sensitivity, eczema, etc.,and share if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Before applying any chemicals to your skin, use a small amount on a “test area” to ensure there are no reactions. If this tan is in preparation for a big event, be sure to schedule the appointment or use the product at least two days ahead to allow time for corrections or see if there are negative reactions.
Preserving Your Glow
It’s essential to adhere to prep instructions and follow the directions on the label or from the spray tan artist. Doing so should help make you more comfortable, and the tan may hold up better as a result. Additionally, wear loose clothing and avoid getting wet while the tan develops. Wait time varies based on the formula, but,typically, sunless tanning products take several hours to properly set.
To preserve your bedding, take precautions before sleeping by wearing long clothing. Other strategies to help preserve the tan could be to take lukewarm showers, use a pH balanced body wash and pat yourself dry with a towel. Lastly, drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated and healthy.
Showing Off Your New Look
Now that you know how to prepare for and maintain a sunless tan, it’s time to decide which product you want and go for it. Be ready to revel in the positive effects from self-pampering and enjoy the glowing compliments you’ll receive from friends and family on your new, gorgeous tan.
Author bio: Brazil Bronze NYC is a leading luxury spray tan salon and sunless tanning product provider. Brazil Bronze is a celebrity favorite and they have been praised by the press over the years.