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Practice Sunless Tanning - A Safe Way to Tan Help Your Skin, Suntan the Safe Way

If you're looking for a way to get a sun-kissed glow without subjecting your skin to harmful UV rays, sunless tanning products are the way to go. The first thing you should do when considering these products is to understand how they work and how you should apply them.

Self-tanners are the best way to give yourself a tanned look without the sun. Whether you use at-home creams, lotions, sprays, gels or even professional spray-on sessions, most products use dihydroxyacetone (DHA) to darken the outermost layer of your skin. However, unlike a tan, your skin is not any more protected from the sun, which means you still need to wear sunscreen when outside.

If you're thinking about trying sunless tanning pills, don't, according to medical experts at the Mayo Clinic. These pills which contain canthaxanthin, a color additive. They are said to be unsafe, and if you take large amounts of them, they can turn your skin orange, cause you to break out in hives, lead to liver damage and even crystals in your retina.

When you use safe, topical applications, the products are usually clear when applied and might take a couple hours for you to see results. After 24 hours, you should be able to see full results, and those with medium complexions and no freckles usually see the best.

The best part about sunless tanning is that it is a safe alternative to sunbathing as long as you keep the products away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Protecting these areas can be more difficult with total-body spray tanning.

For the best results, make sure to exfoliate first to remove excess dead skin. Also use use a light touch, especially over dryer, rough areas, and let the product dry completely before dressing. Don't forget to wash your hands after applying as well. Then you can apply tanner to the tops of your hands with a cotton ball.more
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