Everyone loves the golden, bronzed look that comes after spending hours in the sun. But not everyone wants to run the risk of skin cancer that is generally associated with excessive exposure to UV radiation. Besides, natural tanning does not work if you have sensitive skin that burns easily or comes out in blotches.
This is where sunless tanning products can help you. Read on to know how these products can help you achieve the golden glow that you have always wanted, without any side effects.
How do self-tanning products work?
There is a wide range of self-tanning products you can choose from, depending on your requirements. You can swipe, smooth, or spray on a deep tan or a light bronzed glow. These products generally take between 45-60 minutes to become effective. The ultimate result depends on the time it takes to dry; you need to spend about three hours getting the sunless tan of your dreams. Research has shown that the most effective self-tanning products on the market are lotions that consist of the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA).
DHA is a form of sugar that works on the dead skin cells in the epidermis. This interaction between DHA and skin cells produces a change of color in your skin, which usually lasts for 5-7 days after the first application. Millions of dead cells get sloughed off from the epidermis every day. This is why natural, as well as sunless tans, tend to fade away gradually. Most sunless tanning products need to be re-applied every few days if you want to maintain the tanned look consistently.