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Self-tanning: a perfect tan without sun

You dream of a nice tan all year round without having to go through the UV box ? You complex to have to reveal your skin as white as snow when the sunny days arrive? Do not panic ! The solution for sunless tanning holds in one word: self-tanning.

The big advantage of self-tanning is that in record time, your skin "gilds" under your eyes as if you had spent hours in the sun, the only difference that you do not put your health at stake.

In short: the self-tanner is the ideal solution to display a beautiful tan in the blink of an eye. But how exactly does it work? Can we take a self tanner for the face and for the rest of the body? How to apply it? Does it protect the skin from the sun? Which texture to choose between cream, spray, wipes & Co.? How do you spot the best self-tanner that exactly matches our individual needs? And what about the self-tanning shower?

You ask yourself a lot of questions before you put any self-tanning product on your skin. And you are right ! But do not worry: in our file, we tell you everything you need to know to find the self tanner you need!

The self-tanner: how does it work?

The self-tanner makes it possible to temporarily give a tanned tan to your skin without any exposure to the sun. This coloring of the skin is obtained thanks to two active agents: DHA (Di Hydroxy Acetone) and erythrulose .

DHA is a natural sugar derived from chestnut that reacts with the contact of the cells of the epidermis. Unlike the rays of the sun, it acts only on the superficial layer of the skin, hence its temporary effect.

Another sugar, whose composition approaches that of DHA, and which is nowadays often associated with DHA in self-tanners, is erythrulose . If erythrulose provides a tan lighter, and less quickly, than DHA, it is he who can obtain a tan more homogeneous.

Tanorexia: tanning addiction

Dream of a pretty complexion, there is no harm to that! But when the desire to tan becomes an obsession, the risk of a real addiction is not to be underestimated. Because yes, the addiction to tanning, it exists!

The bad reputation of self-tanners

A few years ago, self-tanners had a bad reputation: on the one hand because of their smell (due to the strong smell of DHA), on the other hand because of their color : indeed, the first self-tanners on the market provided a tan that was often closer to yellow than golden tan.

But today, all this is nothing but a bad memory. Thanks to the refinement of the formulas, the products now offer a tan more controlled and without invasive odor.

CAUTION : The self-tanner offers only the "illusion" of a tan, it does not protect under any circumstances the harmful rays of the sun, and therefore, sunburn! For prolonged UV exposure, be sure to use sun protection appropriate for your skin.

And the risk of an allergic reaction?

It is very rare that self-tanning agents cause allergic reactions. And these are usually due to preservatives or perfumes. For allergy sufferers, it is still advisable to check that the product does not contain substances that can cause a reaction.

In principle, self-tanners are suitable for all types of "healthy" skin . And unlike natural or artificial sun (UV cabins) self-tanners do not pose a danger to the skin. Provided you do not expose yourself to the sun without taking the usual precautions (application of sunscreen, no exposure to the sun between 11am and 4pm, etc.).

10 facts about sun allergy

The skin may develop sun allergy in response to unusually high UV-A and / or UV-B radiation .

10 facts about sun allergy

This often happens during the holidays ... unfortunately :(

10 facts about sun allergy

To date, we still do not know why exactly the sun allergy develops.

10 facts about sun allergy

What are the symptoms of sun allergy?

10 facts about sun allergy

The skin becomes red, it is irritated (itching) and can hurt .

10 facts about sun allergy

Most often, these symptoms do not appear immediately, but only hours or even days after exposure to the sun.

10 facts about sun allergy

On which parts of the body does the sun allergy manifest itself?

10 facts about sun allergy

Allergy occurs in areas particularly exposed to the sun : neck, cleavage, arms, back of the hand, legs and face.

10 facts about sun allergy

From person to person, skin lesions caused by sun allergy can take many different forms.

10 facts about sun allergy

In case of suspicion of sun allergy, the doctor must exclude other causes possibly responsible for skin lesions that may be similar to those caused by a sun allergy.

10 facts about sun allergy

How can we treat sun allergy ?

10 facts about sun allergy

The first rule to observe in case of allergy to the sun: protect yourself from the sun ! By avoiding to expose the skin to the sun at first, the symptoms of allergy usually fade without treatment quickly enough.

10 facts about sun allergy

Some special creams and lotions help to relieve symptoms. They usually contain active substances like a little cortisone (or a derivative).

10 facts about sun allergy

An antihistamine medication can lessen the itching .

10 facts about sun allergy

You can prevent sun allergy by slowly getting your skin into more intense sunlight and by providing adequate protection (adequate sunscreen, clothing covering the skin).

Do you want to share, share your experience or ask a question? See you in our Bronzing and Sun FORUM !

Read also :

> The sunscreen
> How to protect skin and eyes from the sun
> Allergy to the sun and summer lucite
> Tanorexia: when tanning becomes an addiction


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