Are you wondering about Self Tanning – Does it damage the skin?

Now that fall is here are you wondering how to keep your healthy summer glow without using a tanning bed? Maybe you’re considering Self Tanning – Does it damage the skin? We help break down the process of self-tanning with Four Considerations for Safer Self-Tanning. We look at how it works with your other skin care regimes and help you decide whether it’s a good thing for you and how best to do it.

Self-tanning works by spraying DHA (dihydroxyacetone) on your skin. DHA can be made from natural sources, such as sugar beets, or it may be man-made. DHA reacts with the amino acids in your skin’s top layer to produce melanoidins. These absorb certain wavelengths of light that make the skin appear brown. The process starts within two to four hours and continues for up to 72 hours. The tan starts fading as the dead cells are shed, which usually happens within 10 days or so.

In general, it is believed that self-tanning is considerably safer than lying in the sun or tanning booth. However, there are some concerns to be aware of to do with self-tanning.

Four Considerations for Safer Self-Tanning:

  • The darkening reaction triggered by DHA is thought to generate free radicals. Free radicals can damage skin’s DNA by removing atoms from the skin’s molecules, causing premature ageing, wrinkles and sagging skin. Be sure to book a Microdermabrasion or Photo Facial to help combat that ageing process.
  • Your skin is still vulnerable to sun damage, Be sure to wear a broad-spectrum, 30+ sunscreen and a good, oil-free moisturizer. It’s important that these are oil-free – oil will break down the DHA and cause the tan to fade faster.
  • Although DHA is considered fairly safe for your skin, you need to take extra care, especially when using sprays, to avoid inhaling or ingesting DHA, and you don’t want to get it into your eyes. Be sure to follow product instructions carefully.
  • Be sure you do not book a laser hair treatment right after self-tanning. Applying self-tanning before a laser hair treatment may cause blisters and burns. Contact a Gentle Touch Laser Hair Removal Specialist to find out how to best time your treatments around a self-tan.