You\’ve often heard that exposing your body to the sun in order to get a good tan can be detrimental to your health. Yet you often wish to have a tanned body simply because it is more appealing to look at. What is the alternative then to UV rays from the sun? Simple. Try sunless tanning. It has been around for years, but recently has drawn more attention because of the surge in the number of skin cancer patients.[youtube:l63zDTQj2E8?version=3;[Best Tanning Products];http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l63zDTQj2E8?version=3&feature=related]
Most men and women who choose sunless tanning methods love the fact that they can do achieve a good tan even by applying the products themselves. They can do this any time of the day, unlike getting a natural tan, which can only be done when the sun is up. These products can come in the form of lotions, gels, and creams.
These sunless tanning products usually contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which was approved by the FDA for safe use in the early 70s. DHA is a chemical substance that reacts with the outer layer of the skin, giving it a darker shade. It only stays in the top skin layer and does not get into the bloodstream.[I:http://cosmoread.com/wp-content/uploads/HaywoodHunter7.jpg]
The color from these sunless tanning products stay for at least 7 days and does not easily wash off with water. Even if the initial tan wears off, you can always reapply the product on your skin. It only gets removed as the skin cells regenerate and dead skin cells are removed.
Before you apply the sunless tanning lotion on your whole body, make sure that it is the right shade for you. Apply a tiny amount on a hidden area of your body to make sure that you are not allergic to the lotion. Wait at least 24 hours to know if the lotion is right for you.
Although there are many of these sunless tanning products in the market now, not all of them are considered safe for use. Remember also that not all sunless tanning products contain UV protection. Thus, you need to be choosy with the products you will use. This is to make sure that you are not exposing your skin to the dangerous UV rays of the sun.
If you decide to apply the tan lotion yourself, prepare at least two days before by exfoliating and shaving your skin well to get rid of dead skin cells. Wear gloves when applying the sunless tanning lotion and use a sponge to even out the product all over your body. Read the instructions on the product box carefully before starting the application .
Spray tanning is also another popular way of getting a tan. This method is also safe for sunless tanning, and it is usually done using a salon bed or booth. People with fair skin who burn quite easily would find that this is the best method for them.
After application, do not take a shower right away. It will take a few hours to let the color set. One other thing to remember about sunless tanning is to choose your products well. Do not go for cheap ones that may be unsafe for use. Instead, go only for the safest and highest quality products to get that perfect tan.