Is Fake Tan A Safe Tan?
Author: Lucy Bartlett
Ultra violet free tanning or self tanning which is also known
as sunless tanning is a process in which chemicals are applied
on the skin to produce an outcome similar in look to a
conventional suntan. This process is known as fake tan. During
the 1960s it was discovered that there is a link between skin
cancer and exposure to the sun which resulted in the growth of
Dihydroxyaceton (DHA) is the dynamic component in the sunless
or self tanning lotions available in the market. DHA is not
paint or a stain or a dye which produces the tan. The chemical
reaction between DHA and amino acids in the dead layer on the
surface of the skin causes the skin to tan. This chemical
reaction is similar to the browning process during the
manufacturing process of food. Fake tan obtained with the use
of sunless or self tanning lotions does not involve any
pigmentation of skin and there is no need for exposure to ultra
violet rays. The chemical reaction obtained with the use of DHA
is not toxic and does not harm the skin. It does not cause any
damage to the skin whereas exposure to UV sometimes causes
damage to it. The fake tan has a very short term effect and
will change gradually over a week’s period.
In some people the chemical Dihydroxyacetone in the sunless
tanning lotion might cause skin problems so it is better to
apply the lotion to a small patch of skin. If no adverse
reaction in the skin is noticed within 24 hours than it can be
applied all over the body to get a fake tan.
By using various sunless tanning products in the form of
sprays, wipes, mousses, lotions or gels, a fake tan can be
obtained at home. To obtain best results, apply the sunless tan
lotion on dry and clean skin. Until the product is fully
absorbed it is advisable not to take a bath or go swimming.
Within one to six hours the product normally gets absorbed by
the skin. Since thicker skin on the feet and hand absorbs more
DHA it is necessary to either skip these areas or clean these
areas immediately after applying the sunless tan lotion.
Since we get what we pay for, it is necessary to use a brand of
tan which is considered safe and which has acquired a good
reputation among the users. St. Tropez is known to be the
favorite among the Hollywood stars and other celebrities. Fak,
Clinque, Clarins are some of the other popular and luxury brand
of fake tan products.
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