How To Sun Tan Without Risking Your Skin

How To Sun Tan Without Risking Your Skin

Dec 7, 2021, 10:48:17 AM Life and Styles

Getting a suntan outdoors sounds like a great idea, but the reality is that it is very dangerous. Many health experts suggest that there is no such thing as a healthy suntan outdoors. By the time you observe a suntan, your skin has already suffered damage. The more time you spend outdoors, the closer you bring your skin to getting skin cancer. The safest, healthiest form of sun tan is through the use of self-tanning products or by visiting a tanning salon and getting a  spray tan there. In this article, we will discuss just how you can get a sun tan without risking your skin.


Self-Tanning Products


Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is an active ingredient in lotions and sprays. It reacts with and binds onto your skin’s surface-level cells, darkening them in the process. This darkening gives the same glow as sunbathing. It’s often referred to as “sunless tanning”.


Self-tanning typically does not protect you from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, so you will still need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin.


You should be aware that certain oils in many sunscreens can make your sunscreen fade faster than normal. So you should get an oil-free sunscreen to be safe.


Self-tanning products are considered safe by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), assuming they are used according to instructions. The FDA approved the use of DHA for application on the skin. The FDA does, however, stipulate that DHA should not be inhaled or applied onto areas such as your lips, nose, or around the eyes, as the effects of this have not been determined.


So, you should make sure to use the self-tanner according to the directions specified on the label. In general, you should:


Exfoliate first. Use some kind of exfoliator to remove any excess dead skin cells. You should be particularly careful where you have thick skin, such as your elbows, knees and ankles. Afterwards, dry your skin.


Apply the self-tanner in sections. You want to massage the self-tanner in circular motions. Mentally section off your body and then apply by sections. ZFor example, you can do your arms first, then your legs, and then your torso. When you are done with a section, wash your hands so your palms do not become discoloured. Very lightly, you should extend the self-tanner from your ankles to your feet, after that, from your wrists to your hands.

Wipe your joint areas. This means your ankles, elbows and knees, because they usually absorb more of the self-tanner than other areas. You don’t want those areas to get too much self-tanner, so wipe them gently using a damp towel, or apply some lotion there so the effect of the self-tanner is diluted.


Dry off. You should wait around 10 minutes before you get dressed. Even then, you want to wear loose clothing so you don’t sweat.


Spray Tanning Salon


Spray tanning salons typically have booths in which a spray is released according to parameters set by the operator. You get to decide how dark you want the spray.


We discussed earlier that it is important not to apply DHA on your lips, nose and eyes. So, if you go to a sunless tanning salon, you should enquire how your lips, nose and ears will be protected during the process and how they will ensure that you do not inhale the tanning spray.



Published by Jacob Maslow

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