Obviously, over exposure to the sun is bad for your skin, but did you know that self-tanners, while giving you the desired bronzed glow, have a free radical causing ingredient?
Dihydroxyacetone or DHA is the main ingredient in most self tanners. And, in a study, it was discovered that in DHA-treated skin had more than 180% additional radicals generated during sun exposure than skin without DHA. (source)
- Only use self-tanners when you aren’t going to be in the sun for at least 48 hours afterwards as that is the time frame when the worst DHA free-radical induced damage occurs.
- Use an organic natural product that is heavy on other antioxidant ingredients.
- Use a self-tanner with ERYTHRULOSE in it instead of DHA, but again I would follow the first two precautions above!
Some options? Here you go!
Chocolate Sun uses a natural based DHA made from beets and its also packed with a ton of antioxidant ingredients and is 95% organic and feels amazing on the skin. I love this product!
If you’re trying to avoid DHA completely, I did find this product from France called Melvita. There is no DHA listed on the ingredient deck, instead they use an ingredient called ERYTHRULOSE which I believe works in a similar way to DHA.
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