Getting a tan can seem very tempting. We all want that perfect sun-kissed colour, but too much exposure to the sun can cause serious damage to our skin. Constant exposure to UV rays from the sun is one of the top causes of skin cancer. So, if you are looking to get that perfect tan, but are too afraid to go anywhere near the sun, here are a few safe and healthy options that are just as good as getting the real thing.
Cosmetic bronzing products
These products are available in multiple forms and are known to give that perfect bronze glow all over your body. The best part is that they are washable so you can always choose to clean them off when you don’t need them. They are very convenient and you can apply these products only when and if requires. You are free to bask in your natural colour rest of the time. There are mainly 4 kinds of Cosmetic Bronzers: Bronzing Powders, Bronzing Gels, Stick Bronzers, and Spray Bronzers.
Bronzing Powders are the easiest to apply and you can always build on it based on where you want to. Bronzing gels, on the other hand are fairly hard to apply, which makes it easy to end up with an overdone look.
Spray Bronzers are the quickest and the most convenient since all you need to do is spray it across the areas where you want the tan look. You can even apply them after wearing make up to add a little extra colour.
Stick Bronzers are almost like deodorant sticks. All you have to do is apply it on the areas you want to in order to get instant colour. Combining a concealer with the stick bronzer can help hide scars and other visible skin damages.
Sunless tanners are available in various forms such as mousses, lotions, gels, and sprays. The main component in sunless tanners is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is basically a type of sugar. The DHA makes sun tanners very safe to use and it functions by interacting with the proteins found on the epidermal layer of the skin. This interaction results in a tanned look which lasts a few days. The tan eventually starts to fade as dead skin cells are eliminated from the body.
Sunless tanners are best applied in gel or lotion form as they contain more moisture which makes it easier for the skin to absorb the DHA components. There are also fast-acting sunless tanners available which can help develop the bronze glow in a matter of few hours.
Before applying sunless tanners, the skin must be shaved and exfoliated in order to achieve best results. Moisturisers, lotions and make-up must be avoided because they tend to interfere with the absorption of the tanners. To avoid allergic reactions, people with sensitive skin must perform a spot test with sunless tanners before applying them all over the body. A spot test involves applying the cosmetic on a small area of the body, preferably the arms or legs, to check for any unpleasant reactions.