Sunless tanning is becoming very popular, there are two main reasons for this. Firstly having a good tan has become fashionable and desirable. A lot of people do not live in a place with constant sunshine and most of us cannot afford a holiday to the sun to top up our tans every month.
This means that people are turning to the various methods of sunless tanning to achieve the desired result. The second reason is to do with health. It is common knowledge that regular exposure to the sun increases the risk of contracting skin cancer. Also, the sun has an aging effect on the skin, regular sunbathing can leave you looking older than you actually are. Sunless tanning can offer a safe way to get that bronzed look you were after without damaging your skin.
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There are 3 main sunless tanning methods you can use:
1. Sunless Tanning Lotion – Sunless tanning lotions generally contain the bronzing ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This is a colorless sugar that interacts with dead skin cells causing a color change to occur. The color change usually lasts about 5 to 7 days from the initial application. This is a popular method of sunless tanning but it can be difficult to get an even tan.
2. Spray Tanning – The science of spray tanning is similar to tanning lotions, but the tanning solution is applied in a spray. This can either be done manually by a spray gun or automatically in a tanning booth. A new development in spray tanning is the colorless tanning solution. This solution does not contain bronzer and affords a less streaky, more even tan.
3. Tanning Beds – Tanning beds or sunbeds contain fluorescent tubes, these tubes tan the skin by emitting Ultraviolet (UV) Rays, the same type of radiation that is found in natural sunlight. These tanning beds are an effective sunless tanning method but frequent, long-term usage can lead to skin cancer and skin aging.