Are you looking to hit the beach this summer looking bronzed and beautiful but don’t have the time to work on your tan?
No need to stress! Innovation and advances in sunless tanning products and methods offer a more convenient and safer solution to sun-baked bronzing.
As on-going research links prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays with conditions such as premature ageing and skin cancer, more people are looking for a better option and are turning to self tan creams, sprays and bronzing supplements.
Various products also help to extend the life of professional spray tan applications from qualified spray technician at local gyms and salons or those DIY at-home self tans.
Spray tans are popular because you can achieve an even, full-body tan without any tan lines and the ingredients used in spray tan applications usually last longer than self-application tanning products.
Before deciding which approach is best for you, or before making a purchase, consider the following:
- Determine your skin type. An oily or dry skin will determine the formulation you should choose.
- Determine your skin tone: Most ranges offer products that cater for various skin tones, from fair to medium and even darker skins. You will need to select the correct product for your skin tone to achieve a natural looking tan.
Self tan creams and sprays
DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is the active ingredient in most sunless self tan creams and sprays. It is a colourless sugar derivative that interacts with dead skin cells in the epidermis to temporarily tint the skin.
This tint subsequently fades according to the skin’s natural exfoliation rate, as well as numerous other factors such as the frequency with which you bath, shower or swim.
And creating truly beautiful and vibrant skin also needs nourishment from within, especially in winter!
Nutricosmetic products combine nutraceuticals and supplements in special formulations to nourish and protect your skin from the inside, out.
These products can complement your current self tan regimen by nourishing and supporting the cells in the deeper layers for holistic skincare.
For example, Biogen RE NU Bronzing capsules contain an advanced nutricosmetics bronzing formulation that includes natural red-orange pigments derived from beta-carotene.
Combining this ingredient with antioxidants and the synergistic action of L-tyrosine may help to enhance skin pigments to give a natural and glowing tone.
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Prolong your tan
Bronzing products and supplements like Biogen RE NU Bronzing capsules may also amplify, optimise and prolong an existing tan.
Professional spray tan applications typically last for 5–10 days on the skin. This duration varies according to a person’s activities and skin type. However, with the correct care, you can maintain a self tan indefinitely.
Follow these tips to maintain and nourish your tan:
- Use complimentary products such as exfoliators and moisturisers from a trusted self tan range to prolong your tan.
- Avoid taking long hot baths as this can speed up exfoliation.
- Gently pat skin dry rather than rubbing with a towel.
- Limit or avoid exposure to chlorinated or salt water.
No matter which option you choose, sunless tanning is a great way to achieve an attractive tan and an overall healthy glow, without damaging your skin or putting your health at risk.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.