Facts and Tips on Sunless Tanning

by | Nov 19, 2018

Looking for that perfect summer glow all year-long and want to avoid the harmful effects of UV radiation and the possibility of sunburnt skin? Chances are, then, you will have checked out sunless tanning as a safer alternative. Here’s a little more insight into what sunless tanning is – and some best practice tips!

How Do These Products Even Work?

With sunless tanning products, you get the warm tones of a sun-kissed look thanks to a color additive rather than UV rays. DHA is the active ingredient in most self-tanners, whether it be a lotion or a spray, and it works by reacting directly with dead skin cells on the skin’s outer layer to temporarily darken them, thus giving you a “tan.” The effects of this coloring tend to last just a few days.

Is It Safe? 

As long as you use the products as directed, then yup – sunless tanners are generally considered safe! The FDA has approved the use of DHA for external application, however, you should be sure to avoid inhaling or swallowing the tanners and be wary of application around the eyes, nose, and mouth.

What’s the Best Way to Apply? 

The best trick for getting a long-lasting and even tan? Exfoliate first with a natural ingredient-based exfoliator such as Jericho’s Aromatic Body Exfoliatorto refresh and smooth your skin. This will remove buildup and unwanted dead cells, so you give your tan an even base. Pay special attention to areas of thicker skin, such as knees and elbows.

Next, you should work at it in sections, applying bit by bit, and massage it gently into your skin in circular motions. Workpiece by piece – legs than torso, then arms, for example.

Make sure you wash your hands after applying to each section to avoid staining your palms.

Be aware that your joints are thirsty and tend to soak up much more of the product. To make sure your tan stays even, wipe those areas gently with a damp towel to counteract.

Be patient! It will take a bit to dry so wait at least ten minutes before you get dressed so you don’t stain your clothes.