It's not quite the same as finding a genie in a bottle, but using tanning products from a bottle can work magic on your face and body, giving you a youthful, healthy glow.
Play it Safe, Even With Self-Tanning Products
Whether you use a lotion, cream, gel or spray, self-tanning products are generally considered safe-and they're certainly a safer alternative to the skin cancer risk you take by tanning in the sun or on a tanning bed. But self-tanning products contain dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, and should be applied properly to reduce the possibility of having an adverse reaction to the chemical.
DHA is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or the FDA, as a color additive for use in giving color to the human body. The FDA clearly restricts DHA to external application. Mayoclinic.com advises those who choose to get their tans in a spray tanning booth to avoid inhaling the spray or getting it in their eyes by holding their breath and closing their eyes.
9 Picks From The Skin Cancer Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation has given its Seal of Recommendation to the following self-tanning products. All of these products include sunscreens with an SPF value of 15 or greater:
- Clarins Tinted Self Tanning Face Cream Very High Protection SPF 15.
- Clarins Paris Sunscreen Spray Oil-Free Lotion Progressive Tanning SPF 15.
- Clarins Paris Sunscreen Soothing Cream Progressive Tanning SPF 20.
- Clarins Paris Sunscreen Spray Gentle Milky Lotion Progressive Tanning SPF 20.
- Jergens Natural Glow Face Daily Moisturizer SPF 20: fair medium and medium/tan skin tones.
- L'Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion SPF 15--Deep or Light-Medium.
- Olay Complete Touch of Sun Daily UV Facial Moisturizer SPF 15--Light and Medium/Darker Skin Tones.
- Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Self-Tanning Cream SPF 17.
- True Blue Spa Glow and Steady SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer and Gradual Self Tanner.
The sunscreen in these products wears off sooner than the tan, and many self-tanning products do not include sunscreen ingredients at all, so apply a sunscreen product daily, whether or not you have a tan and whether or not your self-tanner has sunscreen.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times