TO SELF TAN OR NOT TO SELF TAN

Tis the season that many desire that tan, so let’s talk about self-tanning. We have been told that the sun’s rays are dangerous and aging and that tanning beds are even worse. So, hence the huge market of self-tanning products and spray tanning options that are offered. We think that this is the safe route because it is color that is not obtained by way of the sun’s harmful rays. Well… not necessarily.

The issue is that most sunless tanners contain a long list of chemical agents that have not been studied by the FDA. Since testing is done voluntarily by the manufacturers, many ingredients in cosmetic products are not safety tested at all. The ingredient that is most concerning is DHA. (Dihydroxyacetone), a color additive that is in the vast majority of sunless tanners, which darkens the skin by reacting with its surface layer amino acids. Have you ever noticed after a spray tan that any sunspots that you may have, become even darker? It’s not pretty… that is because DHA can alter the DNA of the pigment of your skin. In addition, it can inhibit your skin’s ability to produce Vitamin D, one of the most important vitamins that the body needs. So what’s a girl to do?

If you chose to spray tan, find one that does not contain DHA. You have to ask! I have only had 2 spray tans in my life… and the one that I can endorse is the organic, DHA- free tan at @parlour3beauty … It is a beautiful color and did not enhance any hyperpigmentation that I had. There are are also DHA- free products on the market. You just have to read the ingredients!

Honestly… I am an outdoors girl and always have been. I think being outside and getting your share of Vitamin D, is not only good for your physical health but your mental health as well. So theĀ word is SUNSCREEN! I always have full coverage from head to toe and I reapply frequently! Whichever route you decide to go, do your homework! Read your ingredients, avoid DHA, and go play outside… with a broad spectrum sunscreen. My pick is @eltamdskincare

Enjoy the sunny months to come, safely!

Xx,

Mary

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