Would you risk skin cancer for a nice tan? Thanks to dermatological scientists, sunless tanners will give you a sun-kissed glow without the risky after effects.
Sunless tanners, also known as self-tanners or fake and bake, can give the skin a natural-looking glow for up to one week. DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is the active ingredient that most sunless tanners contain. DHA reacts with the amino acids on the skin's surface to brown the skin. DHA is currently the only effective dye approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for use in sunless tanners. Sunless tanning lotion will help you stay healthy while helping your skin look its best.
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Sunless tanners can provide a safe sun-kissed look; however, most of them don't contain sunscreen to protect the skin against harmful rays. So it's vital to make sure that you slather any exposed skin with a separate sunscreen, even if you've already applied a sunless tanner.
The best time to apply a sunless tanner is a couple hours before you go to bed. This will give your skin plenty of time to absorb the tanner and turn it into a nice even tan. Here are some hints for applying sunless tanner:
- Before you apply sunless tanning lotion, exfoliate your skin with a loofah to get even application.
- Don't wear light to medium color nylon fabrics after applying sunless tanner. Sunless tanners will stain them permanently.
- Wear gloves to avoid dying the palms of your hands.
- Don't bathe, swim or shave for at least an hour after applying sunless tanners.
- Sunless tanners may get applied unevenly to areas like elbows, ankles and knees. To remove unwanted darkening, simply wipe away excess lotion with a wet cotton pad.
- Sunless tanners are safe to use on the face as well. Using a makeup sponge is a handy way to tan your face.