Sunless tanners can be a convenient option, especially for those of us who are busy and don’t have time to lay outside all afternoon! But did you know that they’re also a much safer option than alternative methods of tanning?
Choosing a sunless tanner helps you avoid UV radiation that can cause skin damage and even cancer. As a company founded by a cancer survivor, it's important to us that that golden glow you love doesn't come at the expense of your health. Learn more about what makes sunless tanner a better option.
How Sunless Tanner Gives You a Safer Glow
Sunless tanning works by giving you a beautiful glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. This glow is achieved by using the color dihydroxyacetone, which is a chemical derived from beet or cane sugar. Dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA, reacts with dead cells in your skin to darken them and simulate a tan.
DHA is FDA-approved for external use and is considered a safe alternative to other methods of tanning.
Avoid Harmful UV Radiation
Sunless tanners like Solstice Sol's clean tanning mousse are considered safer alternatives because they help you avoid hazardous UV radiation that comes from other tanning methods.
The tan you get from exposure to the sun is caused by UV rays. Your skin reacts to damage to the top layer of cells by producing melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, resulting in a tan. This exposure increases your risk of developing a skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Because one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, it's important to take this skin damage seriously.
Even more concerning, that harmful UV radiation isn't only found outdoors. Indoor tanning beds give off that same harmful radiation.
Worldwide, there are more skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning than there are lung cancer cases due to smoking.
It's crucial to protect your skin from these UV rays by using sunscreen regularly and choosing a sunless tanner for your golden glow.
Keep Your Skin Healthy and Youthful
Too much sun can also accelerate skin aging. The same UV damage that increases your risk of cancer can also lead to skin aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and leathery skin. These signs of aging appear years earlier in people who tan outside or in a tanning bed.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunless tanners, also called self-tanners, as a safe alternative to traditional tanning to help avoid premature aging and other risks.
Your beautiful golden glow shouldn't be a sign of damaged skin. Switching to a sunless tanner as part of your nontoxic beauty routine is vital to help avoid skin cancer and premature aging. So choose a safe, healthy sunless tanner -- and don't forget the sunscreen!