Posted April 7, 2012 by Haywood Hunter in Hair and Beauty

A Safer Approach To A Golden Glow With Sunless Tanning

Sunless tanning is applying chemicals to the skin to produce or simulate a traditional suntan. UV-free tanning became increasingly popular during the 1960s after people became concerned about skin cancer and exposure to the sun. It has continued to increase in popularity as more and more people become aware of the aging effects that the sun and ultra-violet rays can have on the skin.

Most people appreciate the healthy look that a suntan can give your over-all appearance. Having a soft glow to your skin can have many benefits. It can make you look younger, more fit, hide skin imperfections, and just give a healthier look over-all.

Unfortunately, the more we learn about the sun and the damaging effects it can have on our skin, the less inclined we are to spend more time in it. Skin cancer awareness has caused people to fear the sun and too much time in a tanning bed. People everywhere are lathering on layers of sunscreen to help protect their skin.

But with UV-free tanning, you don’t have to worry about too much sun exposure. Spray tanning uses a chemical called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) to cause a chemical reaction with the amino acids in the dead layer on the skins surface. It then causes the skin to darken in color. The color will gradually fade over the next 3-10 days, sometimes longer.

DHA will not permanently change the color of your skin because it is not a dye. It is completely safe to use. You never have to worry about this method harming your skin or causing premature wrinkles. It completely washes off your skin after a week or two.

You can purchase products from the store containing DHA if you wish to achieve a tan at home. These lotions can be difficult to apply evenly and may not come out looking natural. You can also go to a salon, step into a spray tanning booth and have your tan sprayed on. The last option is to have someone professionally airbrush your tan on.

Purchasing a cream or lotion and doing it yourself is the most cost effective. However, it can be tricky to make sure that you have applied it on evenly, especially in hard to reach areas. Stepping into a booth and having your tan sprayed on can cost a little bit more, but you can purchase a membership or a package that can save you a lot of money in the long-run. The last option costs the most because it requires someone to personally spray your body with an airbrush gun.

Even if you have a spray tan, it does not offer any protection from the sun’s harmful rays and you will still need to wear sunblock when you are going to be in the sun for any length of time. The easiest and fastest tanning method is the booth and you can achieve nice, even results.

With skin cancer on the rise, it is a good idea to opt for Sunless Tanning. The results can look very natural and provide a healthy glow without risking premature aging. If you like the glow from a suntan, but are worried about the risks of too much sun exposure, you will most likely enjoy UV-free tanning. It is cost effective and a safer, healthier way to achieve a natural glow.

Before you buy anything online, make sure you check Sun Labs specials on sunless tanning. Sun Laboratories also has a great specials on self tanner products.

Haywood Hunter