As a past sun tanning enthusiast, you pride yourself on making the switch to self-tanners. However, you may be wondering whether or not self-tanning products are actually safe to use. After all, there are various chemicals and additives used in these products to achieve specific qualities and color tones. The good news here is that you can rid yourself of this concern because self-tanning is safe, including manually-applied lotions and sprays, and air brush spray tanning.
You see, the main active ingredients in almost all self-tanners is DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which is a colorless chemical derived from glycerin. It simply interacts with the amino acids in your dead skin cells, thus changing the pigment of your skin. And here is why you can put your worries behind you: The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the external application use of DHA over 40 years ago! If that’s not enough to make you feel better, continue reading to learn 3 more medical organizations and foundations that also recommend and approve the use of self-tanning products.
1. The Mayo Clinic – As one of the most dignified and respected medical organizations in the world, you can feel great knowing that the Mayo Clinic approves, and furthermore, recommends using sunless tanning products.
2. The American Medical Association (AMA) – This science-based organization is also a supporter of sunless tanning, and recommends it in place of UV methods.
3. The Skin Cancer Foundation – Also a science-based medical organization, the Skin Cancer Foundation suggests using spray tanning and self-tanners in place of UV radiation.
4. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) – If you visit their website, the American Academy of Dermatology actually states, “”If you want to look tan, consider using a self tanning product or spray.” This highly influential skin care organization is made up of 17,000 real doctors, so you can trust their advice.
Getting to Know Your Sunless Tanner
If all of these highly-respected and legitimate medical organizations are supporters of sunless tanning, it must be safe; right? It only seems obvious that this is true. To learn more about the ingredients and additives in your spray tan solution or self-tanner, simply take a look at the ingredients list on the bottle, or ask your spray tanning consultant. They are happy to answer any questions about your safety concerns and more. Keep in mind that UV tanning can also be safe so long as you do so responsibly. In fact, combining the two methods of tanning could be a great option for many people.