What Is a Self Tanner?
A self tanner
is a skin care product that darkens the skin to create the illusion of a suntan. Conventional sunless tanners are highly concentrated and produce very noticeable results within a few hours of application. The tan color then gradually fades over several days.
Body lotions with self tanner work a little differently. The self tanning ingredients in the products are not as concentrated, so each time you apply the product, your skin darkens just a little. Instead of being applied only once a week or so, body lotions with self tanners are used daily. With each application, color becomes more prominent and then remains at an ideal level for a natural tan glow that will last for as long as you continue to use the lotion.
Moisturizing and Bronzing Ingredients
Body lotions with sunless tanner give you the benefits of both bronzing and moisturizing ingredients. The most common bronzer used in sunless tanning lotions is a sugar called dihydroxyacetone or DHA. The ingredient causes a chemical reaction with proteins in the skin, prompting a color change. In addition to darkening the skin, body lotions with sunless tanner hydrate it with ingredients like glycerin and plant oils and butters. As a result, the products promote smoother, softer skin and help to reduce the risk of dryness developing.
Selecting the Perfect Shade
To get a natural-looking tan, you need to select a sunless tanner body lotion that is the right shade for your skin. Some products self-adjust and can be used on all skin tones, while others are made especially for fair, medium or dark skin. The product names and descriptions can help you find the best body lotion with sunless tanner to give you a gradual, gorgeous tan.
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