Sunless tanning at home: Do you know how they truly work? Sunless tanning at home: Do you know how they truly work?

Sunless tanning: How to prevent catastrophic results

We all love the look of sun-kissed skin throughout the year. But are self-tanners safe for our skin? Find out how these products work!

I confess: I’m a sunless tanning addict. I have always considered self-tanning lotions the best alternative to look tanned, and still protect my skin from sun exposure. While it is OK to sunbathe after applying SPF properly and, of course, reapplying it after a couple of hours, I still think at-home sunless tanners are a much better option to prevent premature skin aging and hyperpigmentation

All to know about sunless tanning

Self-tanning lotions the best alternative to look tanned, and still protect skin from sun exposure.

What you need to know before getting a self-tanner

Self-tanners usually come in lotions, creams, and sprays you directly apply to your skin, there are some self-tanning pills and you can also get professional spray-on tanning at salons for a seamless tan. 

Self-tanners contain the color additive dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which reacts with dead skin cells in the outer layer of the skin to darken the skin. Fortunately, for those who have experienced some problems with the application, and the color wears off after a few days

Topical sunless tanning products are safe alternatives to sunbathing, but you must follow some instructions (more on that to come)

Don’t inhale self-tanning sprays.

On the other hand, self-tanning pills contain color additive canthaxanthin, which may turn your skin orange or brown and when taken in large amounts can cause hives, and even liver damage and impaired vision. So, my recommendation is to stay away from them.

How to prevent catastrophic results when applying sunless tanning lotion

As a general rule, follow the instructions on the product's label. That being said, read these tips for better results.

Don'ts

Dos

Make sure to extend the self-tanner to your ankles and the back of your hands, unless you want to look patchy.
Mix equal parts of self-tanner and body lotion and you’ll be less likely to end up looking like Anne! PHOTO: STEVE SANDS / BAUERGRIFFINONLINE.COM

If you still don’t feel too confident in achieving a seamless result, and every time you apply sunless tanners you end up looking patchy, here’s an extra tip for you: Instead of applying the lotion directly from the bottle, mix equal parts of self-tanner and body lotion and apply the mixture to your skin for 3 days and you’ll be less likely to end up looking like Anne!

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

Related Articles

More News

More News