READ THIS BEFORE USING SELF TANNER!

It’s that time of year again!

Juline Hamilton

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?

171879main_LimbFlareJan12_lgDihydroxyacetone 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)


So what’s a girl grown woman to do if she wants a tan but doesn’t want to get too much sun exposure?

  • 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…

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