Sunless tanning or self-tanning is self-induced, by applying an active agent, which is usually a dye, directly onto your skin. Sunless tanning is also referred to as self-tanning, sunless tan, or UV tan, and self-tanners have been used for decades. Today, sunless tanner kits are widely available and easy to use, while many are self-contained models which allow you to store them away when not in use. Tanning beds were invented by the scientist who discovered the rays emitted by the Sun and, after discovering the damaging effect on DNA, he began designing protective shields to be worn next to the skin to prevent sunburn. It is now one of the most popular methods of sunless tanning.
Sunless tanning is an effective way to achieve a natural-looking tan in a safe alternative to sunbathing or using self-tanners. Tanning beds offer a safe alternative to outdoor tanning due to the low risk of skin damage. Many people prefer to use sun tanning beds because they provide the effect of natural-looking tanned skin with very little effort. Sunless tans can also last up to 6 months before they need to be applied topically or applied by a specialist. Spray Tan kits contain a bronze, tan accelerator, and moisturizer.
Tanning accelerators come in two forms; natural and synthetic. Natural accelerators are derived from sugar cane, fruits, vegetables, and tea leaves; whereas synthetic accelerators are man-made and can be found in cosmetics, hair dye, nail polish, toothpaste, shaving cream, and many other personal care products. Natural and synthetic accelerators have similar effects but vary in efficiency and result in a slightly different colors. Natural and synthetic spray tan accelerators can be purchased at health and nutrition stores and online. Each type of spray tan product has its own set of instructions for application.
A common ingredient found in many self tanning products is dihydroxyacetone or DHA. This chemical compound has been used for decades to remove dirt and stains from the skin. In recent years, studies have shown that dihydroxyacetone makes it possible to produce a deeper and more even tan by reducing the appearance of dark spots caused by melanin loss. The ingredient is safe and considered inexpensive. However, there are some potential side effects when using products containing DHA.
For some individuals, an increased sensitivity to sun rays and an increased risk of melanoma or skin cancer may be present. Individuals with sensitive skin should talk with their physician prior to using any product that contains DHA. For those who test and treat themselves, the risks can be reduced by using sunscreen or limiting the exposure to sunlight to less than twelve hours per day. Some research suggests that DHA may not be as effective in people with skin problems as it is in those without problems.
Other ingredients that may be present in self-tanning lotions include sugar cane, green tea and menthol. Many people with sensitive skin are allergic to sugar cane, which is often included in the formula. Green tea and menthol are believed to have anti-carcinogenic and antiseptic properties.
Some people are concerned about the impact of long term ultraviolet radiation exposure on their health. This concern is not based on sound reasoning. The human body depends upon oxygen for survival. Long term exposure to UV rays may actually damage DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells. But, the golden glow without UV rays does not necessarily translate into a healthier appearance.
There are ways to reduce the risk of skin damage and the golden glow without a UV spray tan by maintaining a healthy diet and getting adequate exercise. It is also important to protect the entire body from sun exposure by wearing protective clothing during all times of the day. In short, a spray tan does not provide instant results, but many people find that they enjoy a deep natural tan.