How do sunless tanning products work?
Sunless tanning products, more commonly known as self-tanners, work by giving your skin a bronzed glow without exposing it to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. The active ingredient present in most sunless tanning products is the color additive dihydroxyacetone, which reacts with dead cells on the surface of your skin to temporarily darken it. You can purchase self-tanners at most local drug stores, usually in either lotion or spray form.
Is sunless tanning safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved dihydroxyacetone for external application to the skin, but they have not approved its use near the eyes, mouth, or nose. Overall, topical sunless tanning products are understood to be safe alternatives to sunbathing, as long as they are used as directed.
What’s the best way to apply a sunless tanning lotion?
For optimum results, follow the directions on the sunless tanning lotion package. In general, however, you should exfoliate your skin prior to use, then, apply the product in sections, always be sure to wipe your joint areas, and finally, allow time for it to dry.