Tanning is bad for you. Everyone but Snooki should know that by now. So how do we get a healthy summer glow without damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun? Sunless tanning products, like sprays, gels, lotions and wipes, are here to save the day.
ABOUT SUNLESS TANNING
A bronze bod has almost always been in style (ignore the pasty-skinned trends of the Victorian era). It is said to give your body an instantly toned appearance, slim your face and give you a fresh glow. But health experts are increasingly warning of the dangers of the sun and the imminence of skin damage. So how do you get that rich hue in a healthy way? Many are turning to self-tanning products. With sprays, gels, lotions and wipes – even pills – the ways to get a sunless tan are abundant.
So what makes sunless tanner actually tan your skin? An ingredient called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is usually the active ingredient in self-tanners, and it reacts with dead skin cells to darken the appearance of the skin. It’s not a paint or dye, so it doesn’t wash off. Instead, skin lightens when these dead skin cells themselves are scrubbed or rubbed off.