Self Tanners

Self tanners, also known as sunless tanning, fake tanning, or UV-free tanning refers to applying chemicals to the skin to produce the appearance of suntan. For over thirty years it has recognised that ultra violet light exposure from the sun or other sources such as tanning beds, are linked to skin cancer, and premature aging of the skin. For this reason alternatives to obtain a tanned appearance have been developed.

Self tanning products may be applied as a cream, liquid, foam or spray, which usually contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which react with the dead layer of cells on the skin surface to give a tanned appearance. This does not involve pigmenting or dying the skin and the tan fades over 3 to 10 days.

The process can be done at home using a product purchased over the counter, or it may be applied, usually as a spray by a beauty therapist, and these tans usually produce an even appearance and some last longer than self applied products.

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