Getting a golden glow doesn’t have to put you
at risk for premature aging and skin cancer.
Self tanners work
on the epidermis level
of the skin and will
only penetrate the
upper most level of
The first sunless tanner product came on the
market in 1960 and there have been vast
improvements since then.
There are hundreds of types of self tanners
available that offer a variety of levels of
darkness, some offering just a sun kissed glow,
to others that will make your skin look like you
just got home from a tropical vacation.
WHAT IS DHA?
Dihydroxyacetone or DHA is the active
ingredient in most of the over the counter self
DHA is actually a colorless sugar that reacts
with the dead skin cells causing a reaction and
change of color.
Self tanners come in different
Lotion ~ Spray ~ Gel Formulas
There are also body glows or bronzers available.
These are more of a topical color. They will change your color slightly and
will wash off when you are finished, or wear off by the end of the day.
Body glows or bronzers are more like make-up that tint or stain your skin.
1. If you are using a self tanner you will want to
apply it after showering.
2. Dry your skin, but not too thoroughly. A little
moisture left on your skin will help the self
tanner take hold.
3. It is also a good idea to exfoliate your skin
before application, especially on the elbows,
knees and ankles.
4. Any places where dead skin cells tend to
accumulate. This will help to stop dark patches
from appearing in these areas.
5. It is also important to wash your hands after
application to avoid the palms of your hands
from looking colored, or patchy.
6. With a bronzer or body glow you will want to
apply them to completely dry skin, just like you
would with any other type of make-up or
Exfoliation is also important when using these types of self
A bronzer or body glow can cause the same patchy skin
appearance that a thicker tanning product can do.
Either product can color or stain clothing or towels.
Make sure that you are wearing clothes that you are not
Self tanner lotions can dry out the skin, giving
you further dry patches.
Many recommend that you also moisturize
with a regular lotion on top of the self tanner.
With a bronzer or body glow there is more
moisture in these products.
They often will have an SPF built in and they
will keep your skin more moist, then the other
self tanners, but they will not last as long.
Both of these products are great, but you
have to decide if you want that tan look for
today or for the long haul.
Good luck on your self tanning. Always
remember to choose according to your skin’s
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