Updated on March 22, 2018
Are Self-Tanners Safe?
Beautiful gals and lads, attention please! If you are fond of tanning your skin the natural way or through self-tanners, this article is for you. Tanning skin has long been a subject of debate. Is it safe to sit outside and expose your skin to the sun rays? Popular opinion and a number of studies say that it is not safe and can cause skin infection and skin cancer. Now there is a new product on the rise called self tanners which can help achieve the browning skin color without exposing your skin to the sun. But is it safe?
Renowned dermatologist Dr. Darrel Rigel of New York University argues that it is actually safe to use. Quoted from an article of Time Magazine, he said that self-tanners paint the outermost skin layer without meaning damage to the human skin. Compared to tanning under sun rays, self tanners are actually safer.
Proponents of tanners argue that it is safe because it is nontoxic and noncarcinogenic. Most tanners are approved by the Food and Drug Authority as they were proven safe for human use. Most self-tanners contain an active coloring ingredient called DHA or dihydroxyacetone which reacts with the amino acid in the skin and thus cause the bronzing of the skin.
There are professionals and skin clinics that offers self-tanning. So if you fancy that bronze look of your favorite tan model, you can achieve the look by getting tanned by these professionals. Some doctors do not see any harm in using DIY self-tanners at home provided that you strictly follow the instruction and exercise precautionary measures. For pregnant and lactating mothers, it is important that you consult your health providers first.
Self-tanners come in many forms: spray, lotion, wipes and a variety of formula. Be sure that you study the ingredients and contents of the product.