Self-tanning is an increasingly popular way to get that sun-kissed look without having to worry about the dangers of sun exposure. Spray tanning is a great alternative to sun tanning because it is much safer and provides a tan with more even coverage all over. In this blog post, learn how to avoid the dangers of sun exposure and why self-tanning is a better option for achieving the perfect golden glow.
Warm Weather Is Here!
Spring is almost here and summer is on its way! Many of us can't wait to start spending more time outside now that we can say goodbye to cold winter days. Let's put away those cold-weather clothes and break out the shorts and swimsuits! There's only one problem... What are you going to do with that pasty white skin? You can't debut your new bikini looking like that! You need a fabulous tan without all of the dangers that come with spending too much time in the sun. Don't worry, we've got you covered! For a safer alternative to exposing your skin to the harmful effects of the sun, try self-tanning!
Too Much Sun Exposure is Not Good For Your Skin
A little bit of sunshine is good for the soul. Everybody needs the sun to produce vitamin D which is necessary for our health. However, too much sun exposure can cause skin cancer, wrinkles, and other skin problems. Many people don't realize that traditional tanning results in permanent skin cell damage. When you expose your skin to the sun, harmful UV rays penetrate your skin’s outer layer and increase the production of melanin, a brown pigment that gives your skin a darker look. While many associate tan skin with good looks and good health, a natural tan is actually the physical result of skin cell damage.
Today we know that sunburn and too much UV light damage the skin. Tanning is the skin's natural response to UV light, but a tan will not protect you or prevent you from getting skin cancer. How do you protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays? Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun and try self-tanning instead!
Self-Tan At Home
Now that we know the dangers of spending too much time in the sun, how do we still get a sun-kissed glow? Self-tanning is a great way to get that desired bronzed look without any of the harmful side effects. Plus, you can do it in the comfort and convenience of your own home! No need to spend hours laying out in the hot sun and risking your health, you can apply the perfect tan in minutes with a self-tanning lotion, spray, mousse, or foam.
Get A Professional Spray Tan
Another way to get a great tan is to go to a salon for a professional spray tan. Trusting an experienced professional will give you even coverage and help you avoid any streaks or missed spots in hard-to-reach areas like your back. Many salons offer this service and it is relatively inexpensive, so try your first professional spray tan now for a stunning tan this spring.
How Sunless Tanners Work
Most self-tanners today use DHA (dihydroxyacetone) and erythrulose, a special color additives that produce a tanned appearance by developing your skin's natural pigment. These ingredients cause the skin to temporarily darken, giving the appearance of a tan. Unlike a natural tan, sunless tanning products only interact with amino acids on the outermost layer of skin. This interaction causes a temporary browning, which naturally fades over time as the outmost layer of skin is shed. This natural shedding cycle is why the effects of a self-tanner fade over the course of about a week, and because it only affects the outermost layer of your skin it is not damaged like it would be by sunbathing.
When shopping for a self-tanner, it’s important to choose one that’s right for your skin type. If you have dry skin, look for a self-tanner that contains hydrating ingredients like aloe vera or glycerin. If you have sensitive skin, choose a self-tanner that’s free of fragrances and dyes. Incorporate self-tanning into your skincare routine by picking products that will make your skin look and feel good!
How To Apply Sunless Tanners
Applying a sunless tanner is pretty straightforward: simply apply it to clean, exfoliated skin and wait for it to develop. For best results, apply self-tanner with a mitt or a self-tanning brush. These tools help to evenly distribute the product and prevent streaks. Depending on the type of tanner used, the product may be sprayed or wiped on and may need to sit for a few minutes, but then any extra tanner can just be wiped off — it’s that easy!
Once applied, you’ll notice that your skin will start darkening almost immediately, resulting in a sun-kissed glow in just a few minutes. Most sunless tanners will take about four to eight hours to develop fully, but you’ll be rewarded with a natural-looking tan that lasts for days (or even weeks)!
Are Sunless Tanners Safe For Your Skin?
The quick answer is yes! Sunless tanners are a great way to get the bronze look without damaging your skin. There are many different formulas on the market, so you still need to do your research to make sure you're getting one that doesn't contain questionable ingredients.
Fake Bake self-tanners are paraben-free. What are parabens? Parabens are a class of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products. They’re effective at preventing the growth of mold, bacteria, and yeast. Some studies have raised concerns that certain parabens can mimic estrogen in the body and disrupt hormone function. We don't want anything like that in our products, so all of our self-tanners are paraben-free.
Our self-tanners are also DMDM Hydantoin-free. What is DMDM Hydantoin? DMDM Hydantoin is a formaldehyde-releasing preservative. It is used in the cosmetics industry and found in products like shampoos, hair conditioners, hair gels, and skincare products. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, so we definitely don't want that in our self-tanners!
Sunless tanners are safe for your skin as long as you're using a formula that doesn't contain any questionable ingredients. Our self-tanners are vegan-friendly. They do not contain any animal-derived ingredients and are never tested on animals. We believe beauty should never come at the cost of animals suffering, so we are committed to being a cruelty-free brand.
Don't Skip The Sunscreen!
This is important! Self-tanners are never a replacement for sunscreen. Most self-tanners do not contain sunscreen, so they will not protect you from the sun's harmful UV rays. If you use a self-tanner and spend time in the sun, you should still apply sunscreen to your skin. It is recommended that everyone wear sunscreen everyday, even if you spend limited time outdoors, to protect your skin's health and appearance.
Try Self-Tanning Today
Sunless tanners come in many forms, including sprays, lotions, and more. The type of self-tanner you choose will probably depend on your personal preference and the level of tan you hope to achieve. We recommend trying a few different types to find out what works the best for you and which level of tan you prefer. Whichever you prefer, they all deliver a healthy-looking glow quickly and comfortably. Sunless tanning products offer a safe way to get the gorgeous glow you want without the risk of skin damage from traditional tanning, so try a self-tanner today and get ready for a spectacular spring!