We all know that tanning booths are considered unhealthy and dangerous by top dermatologists. As tempting as it is to sunbathe by the pool or when at the beach, it is commonly known that too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Luckily, there are much safer ways to achieve that glowing skin without having to risk your health. Although I always encourage everyone to embrace their natural skin color, I know how much having that natural looking, radiant glow can boost your confidence.
At DESUAR Spa, you can trust that we will always choose to offer the most up to date and beneficial services for our clients. We use Vita Liberata which is the best non-toxic and safe alternative to sunless tanning. It is the first vegan and all-natural spray tan with zero parabens and preservatives. Vita Liberata contains all-natural ingredients such as aloe vera
You can also find a variety of self tanning creams at many local beauty stores. There are also many beauty salons that now are offering spray tans which contain the active ingredient and darkening agent dihydroxy acetone (DHA), considered safe by Health Canada. Derived from beet or cane sugar, it reacts with the amino acids in the skin’s top layer. DHA does not instantly dye the skin. Rather, over the course of a few hours, skin will gradually brown. This color will fade in 5 – 10 days, when your outer layer of skin naturally sheds.
In the 1920’s DHA was first used as an active ingredient in the pharmaceutical field. Then, in 1957 a doctor discovered the tanning properties of DHA. DHA is the only approved agent for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for artificial tanning—external use only.
Melanie D. Palm, MD, MBA, recently wrote an article for the Skin Cancer Foundation where she states, “There is no clear evidence that DHA is harmful to humans if applied topically and used as directed. Concern about DHA arose recently when a study correlated use of highly concentrated amounts of DHA with production of free radicals, molecules that form naturally in the body due to oxygen use and can damage cells. However, concentrations used in sunless tanning preparations are considered non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.” Self tanners typically contain between 3 and 5 percent DHA.
It is important to remember that self tanners do not provide any protection from the damaging rays of the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using SPF 30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. Remember to apply and reapply as directed. If you’re spending the day outdoors, opt for protective gear such as sun protective clothing, sun hats, and UV sunglasses.