How does a self-tanner work? Tan without sun

Hoe werkt een zelfbruiner? Bruin zonder zon

A self-tanner is the ideal solution if you want a beautiful summer complexion, without baking for hours in the sun. As we all know by now, regular exposure to UV radiation from the sun leads to premature skin aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines and pigment spots. A self-tanner is therefore a good alternative to prevent this! But how does a self-tanner actually work? And is a self-tanner actually safe? And do you still need sunscreen?

We would like to tell you more about this in this blog.

The mechanism of action of self-tanners

Self-tanners work in a simple and safe way. They contain a chemical called dihydroxyacetone, or DHA. DHA is a colorless substance that reacts with the dead cells of the top layer of your skin. When you apply a self-tanner, DHA binds to the proteins in these dead skin cells, creating a tan. We also call this reaction the Maillard reaction.

Results within a few hours

If you apply a self-tanner, you will not immediately have a visible tan. It always takes a while for the reaction to get going. So you need a little patience. Most people only gradually develop a visible summer complexion after one to a few hours. In addition, the color may vary depending on your skin color and the pH level of your skin. In addition, the final color depends on the concentration of DHA; the more DHA, the darker the result. If you have very pale skin, it is best to choose a self-tanner with a low percentage of DHA.

In general, the color of a self-tanner lasts one to two weeks and you will then have to reapply the product to maintain your tan.

Safety of self-tanners

Good news: Self-tanners are generally considered safe. The substance DHA has been approved by several regulatory authorities, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Cosmetics Commission.

As with most care products, there are of course a few things you should take into account. For example, you must ensure that you do not swallow the self-tanner or get it in your eyes, as this can cause irritation. There is also a small chance that you are allergic to one of the ingredients in the self-tanner. Therefore, always try a self-tanner first on an inconspicuous spot, for example behind your ear or on the inside of your upper arm. In addition, it is important to prepare your skin properly before applying a self-tanner. Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and make sure you are hydrated. This will help to achieve an even and long-lasting tan.

Also read our blog: 10 tips for applying self-tanner

Baking in the sun versus self-tanners

There are no scientifically proven dangers known about DHA. While the dangers of the sun are now clear. UV rays increase the risk of skin cancer and can lead to premature skin aging, such as wrinkles and pigment spots. Furthermore, self-tanners can be adjusted to your skin tone and preference, so you can always achieve the perfect shade. And that within a few hours. As opposed to slowly building up a beautiful, even complexion by baking in the sun. And then you also have skin types that don't want to tan and just burn. A self-tanner is certainly a good solution, especially for those people!

Always use sunscreen

Be careful with the sun, because the tan you get from a self-tanner does not protect you against harmful UV rays! So always use sunscreen if you plan to go outside a lot. Even if you are not going to sunbathe on the beach, but simply go cycling or walking, it is wise to apply good sunscreen. Wait before applying sunscreen until the self-tanner has been properly absorbed and you have achieved the desired color.

Buy self-tanner

If you have become enthusiastic about self-tanners and would like to buy a self-tanner, then Tanning Glamor is the right place for you. Our SolaVita Tanning Lotion is a high-quality self-tanner that provides a beautiful tan without having to spend hours baking in the sun. Our lotion is suitable for light to medium skin types and can be used on both the body and face.