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Healthy Lifestyle: The Truth of Sunless Tanning

by Christina G. Stevenson | February 6, 2018

Of all fashion trends there is one that is timeless: sun-kissed skin. However in recent years, Americans have been on high alert when it comes to cancer-causing products and behaviors. Enter the fashion forward trendsetters who want a golden glow that meets their healthy yet jet set lifestyle. We’re here to tell you there is an alternative to those cancer-causing tanning beds: sunless tanning.

Sunless tanning is a healthier alternative to tanning compared to indoor UV tanning beds. The Skin Cancer Foundation in 2017 reported, “more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S each year are linked to indoor tanning, and those who first use a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent” (A.Venos pg.2). The fears of cancer outweigh the desire of having bronze skin for most people—but is that enough? Is cancer enough to stop men and women from tanning? Many understand the dangers of tanning beds, but also wish to keep their skin looking sun-kissed. So, what’s the solution? No more tanning, right? Wrong.

Instead of sunbathing, ultra-violet ray beds, and harmful chemicals, the only healthy option for achieving a bronzed looking is sunless tanning. According to Dr. Arielle Kauvar, a board-certified dermatologist practicing in New York states, “There is no such thing as a safe UV tan...the reddening or browning of skin with sun exposure is a sign of skin damage.” Sunless tanning is a smart and healthier alternative because of the “tan” achieved with sunless tanners. This “tan” is conceived by the active coloring agent dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This is a nontoxic, colorless sugar that has no carcinogens and has been shown to be safe in FDA testing for external application to the skin.

Dihydroxyacetone works like this: the colorless sugar interacts with the amino acids the in outer most layer of your skin, which is mostly dead skin cells. This interaction produces a brown color change resulting in a bronzed-sun kissed look on the skin. Because the topical lotion is on your skin, the radiant glow can be expected to last from five to ten days.

When applied at home or at a salon (Embrasse-moi fans rave about Glow Sunless Tanning in Rochester, NY) the FDA states, “DHA shouldn’t be inhaled or applied to areas covered by mucous membranes, including the lips, nose or areas around the eyes” (mayoclinic.org). So whether at home or professional setting, make sure to have a nose plug with eye and lip protection.

For these reasons, sunless tanning seems to be the best alternative for fashionistas also wishing to stay true to a healthy lifestyle. Although precautions should be taken when applying a sunless tanning product, the alternative (using tanning beds) seems out of the question, especially with the benefits of sunless tanning. Not only will you obtain a healthy, beautiful glow (without the infamous organge-y pigment), but you will feel confident and guilt free knowing you are using a non-cancer causing, FDA approved ingredient.

Embrasse-moi recommends getting your “glow” on at Glow Sunless Tanning. Check out glowsunlesstanning.com to learn more or to schedule an appointment at one of their 3 area locations, or call 585.621.4569.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/sunless-tanning/art-20046803?pg=2 Venosa, Ali. “Fake It to Make It: Sunless Tanning Explained.” Https://Blog.skincancer.org, 29 Aug. 2017, blog.skincancer.org/2017/08/29/sunless-tanning-explained/.