There is no question that a person with a healthy looking tan attracts attention. This outdoor look can often change a person’s appearance as well as cover any skin blemishes. Many people achieve this look with sunless tanning.
In medical circles regarding sun, obtaining a tan and the skin, there are six skin types, ranging from pale white to dark, olive. Types 1 and 2 refer to skin that burns easily and seldom tans. People with this type of skin can use sunless tanning to achieve their desired look.
In looking for this kind of sunless tanning one will find lotions, sprays, gens and creams available. Any of these can be self-applied but many people prefer to go to a professional spray salon. It should be remembered that sunless tanning must be renewed, usually every week, depending on the product.
This type of sunless tanning came about after the danger of the sun’s UV and UVA rays were realized. These rays penetrate the skin and damage the underlying cells if protection is not provided. It must be remembered that sunless tanning will not offer the protection sunscreens and sunblocks will. Too much sun exposure, without protection, can result in premature aging.
The majority of sunless tanning products contain an ingredient called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This is absorbed by the outer skin’s dead cells, causing them to darken. As the body sheds these cells, the tan will fade.
It is important to avoid any contact with the eyes, lips or mucus membrane when using these products. Inhalation should also be avoided as it can cause problems. When going to a professional, the sunless tanning spray will be applied using equipment such as a LVLP spray gun, airbrush or other specialized tools. Since this has been approved under FDA guidelines, sunless tanning can be used by anyone.