There are many ways of getting tanned, however, till date, the best method used to get the perfect body tan is by sunbathing! But, after getting to know the side effects of the ultraviolet rays and risks of getting over tanned, people have switched to something that is quicker, safer, and better - self tanning!
Self tanning is also called sunless tanning, or in other words, UV-free tanning. It is done by applying some chemicals over the body. It is a better alternative to sun tanning and tanning beds, which are known to cause many skin-related issues like sunburn or skin cancer, as well. There are many manufacturers who claim their product to be the best self tanner of them all. But, how much of the claim is true, let's find out.
Good Self Tanners
A self tanner evokes the body's response to certain chemicals, just the way the body reacts when exposed to the sun, excluding the harmful effects of the suntan. The comparison between the products can be based on their ingredients. The most effective ones that are available in the market today, are the products that are DHA-based. DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is an active ingredient that causes a chemical reaction between the amino acids present in the dead skin epidermis and the tanner. This process doesn't require sunlight or skin pigmentation to get the brown or tan look. Tan gained by these products fades within 10 days.
Self tanning products are available in various forms as gels, lotions, creams, mousses, wipes, and sprays. Some products come with Tyrosine, which is also an amino acid, found in almost all proteins. Tyrosine boosts the melanin formation and stimulates the tanning process. Canthaxanthin is another element that is mostly found in the sunless tanning creams and pills. It is needed to be used in a larger quantity for better results. Several side effects of canthaxanthin are observed, including hepatitis to canthaxanthin retinopathy, which is an eye disease.
Other products claiming to be the best, contain melanotan hormone, also called melanocyte stimulating hormone. There are different types of such hormones that are used and the most popular of them all is Afamelanotide. There are several temporary options that are very popular for a quick and temporary bronze look. These, too, come in different forms as powders, sprays, moisturizers, gels, mousses, and lotions. The most popular spray tanning product is the 'air brush tan', that is hugely popular among the youth.
Comparison of Products
Many popular brands of beauty products have their special range that can work wonders as far as the self tanning is concerned.
Laura Mercier's bronzing gel, Clarins Radiance-Plus Self Tanning Cream-Gel, Decleor Self-Tanning Milk and Gels, St. Tropez Whipped Bronze Self-Tanning Mousse, Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanner, GlowFusion Natural Protein Tan Spray, etc., work wonders on the face.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, Neutrogena Summer Glow Daily Moisturizer with SPF 20, Olay Body Touch of Sun Daily Body Lotion, Famous Dave's Fair Skin & Face, different products of Bare Escentuals Faux Tan, Clarins Tinted Self Tanning Face Cream, L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Gel, Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning Sunless Spray, etc., are some of the most used brands for fair skin.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, Lancôme's Flash Bronzer Glow 'n Wear, Mystic Tan, Johnsons holiday skin, Decleor Aroma Sun Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk, ModelCo Tan Airbrush In A Can, St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Tinted Self Tanning Lotion, Estee Lauder Go Tan Sunless Towelettes, etc., are some of the popular self tanners for pale skin.
Clinique Non-Streak Bronzer, L'Oreal Men's Expert Healthy Look Anti-Pale Skin Daily Moisturizer, Anthony Logistics Self-Tanner for Men with Anti-Aging Complex, Shiseido Men Moisturizing Self-Tanner, are extremely popular among the men.
The most important step is to exfoliate skin naturally before applying any self tanner, for better results.