How to tan safely without sun exposure

Studies have shown that not it's not only the sunbeds to be unsafe, but also the spray-tan method is not completely risk free.

Actually, the active ingredient in the majority of self-tanning products is not too bad: known as DHA ( dihydroxyacetone) this is a sort of sugar that can have natural origins and is ranked as moderate hazard.

However, self-tanning products are also packed with variable numbers of synthetic dyes and other chemical ingredient that build up in the body as toxins.

Worst of all, are the spray-tans: after they quickly became the best-loved self-tanning products, last year researches discovered that when formulas are inhaled, they may cause changes in DNA that might even lead to lung cancer.

So, how to bronze up and prepare for the summer without harming our health? Luckily, there are a number of safe choices:

First of all, avoid spray altogether. Then, look for natural self-tanning cream: try for instance Caribbean Solutions Beach Colours, or True Natural Self Tanners, which not only have a natural DHA and avoid nasty dyes, but also don't contain parabens and synthetic fragrances.

Another important step is to optimize the effect of the self-tanning cream by exfoliating beforehand: in this way, the colour will effect a new layer of skin, thus lasting longer. Lastly, consider diluting the self-tanning cream with your regular moisturiser: this will allow to buil up your tan over a longer period of days, rather less traumatic on your skin than hurrying and using lots of product in a short amount of time.

Also remember that is advisable to test any product beforehand, and on not too exposed parts of the body: in that way, if the colour obtain doesn't please you, nobody else is going to see it!


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