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When it comes to fast tanning, self tanning has become increasingly popular in recent years. Self tanning products offer an alternative to regular tanning, allowing you to achieve a sun-kissed glow without having to spend hours basking in the sun or exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. But is self tanning really as good as regular tanning? In this blog post, we will be exploring the pros and cons of self tanning to help you decide if it’s right for you.

What is Self Tanning

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A tanning technician applies a sunless tanning solution to a client, helping them maintain both skin appearance and safety.

Self tanning is the process of applying a product to the skin that darkens the pigment and gives a “tanned” appearance without the use of any UV light. There are many types of self tanning products, ranging from creams and lotions to mousses, sprays, and even tanning wipes. Some self tanning products contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which reacts with the proteins in the outer layer of the skin and gradually darkens the skin. DHA does not penetrate below the top layer of skin, so it does not cause any lasting damage. Self tanning products also contain other ingredients, such as moisturizers, fragrances, and colorants, to help the tan last longer. 

Self tanning can be done at home or by a professional. Professional self tanning usually involves using an airbrush to evenly apply a solution of DHA to the skin. At home, self tanning is usually done with a spray, mousse, lotion, or wipe that you apply yourself. It’s important to make sure that you apply the self-tanner evenly and don’t miss any spots! It’s also important to remember to wash your hands thoroughly after applying the self-tanner, or you may end up with orange palms!

The Pros of Self Tanning

Self tanning is a great way to get a natural looking tan without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. It’s also less time-consuming than traditional tanning and has fewer risks associated with it, such as skin cancer. Self tanners are available in a variety of formulations, from lotions and creams to mousses and sprays, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. 

Self tanning products are also much easier to apply than traditional tanning methods. You don’t need to lie out in the sun for hours and risk sunburns or skin damage.

Self tanners are also long-lasting, so once you achieve the perfect shade of bronze, it will stay with you for days or even weeks. This eliminates the need for repeated tanning sessions that can be expensive and time consuming. Finally, self-tanners are safer and more affordable than traditional tanning methods. If you’re looking for a healthy and cost-effective way to get a golden glow, self tanning is definitely worth considering.

The Cons of Self Tanning

Self tanning can be a time-consuming process and may require multiple applications. The color of the tan may not be as even or natural looking as a regular tan and can look streaky or patchy. It can also be difficult to find the right shade that matches your skin tone, so you may have to experiment before you get the desired look. Self tanning products can have a strong odor and some people may experience irritation or an allergic reaction to the ingredients. Additionally, self-tanners don’t provide protection against UV rays like sunscreen does, so you should still wear sunscreen if you are going out in the sun.