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Self Tanners

- A suntan can look great, but the effects of the ultraviolet energy that causes your skin to tan can actually detract from its appearance in the future. Fortunately, there are products available to give you a glow that won't put your skin in jeopardy. Moisturizers with self tanners from drugstore.com will leave you looking like you spent the day in the sun while actually improving the health of your skin. We have a wide array of these products available for the face and body.
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Moisturizing and Tanning without the Sun

Moisturizers are products that add hydration to the skin either by adding moisture or by helping moisture from the air bind to the skin. Self tanning moisturizers provide you with all of the benefits of a conventional moisturizing formula while temporarily darkening your skin tone.

Some moisturizers with self tanners are designed to be applied once every few days to maintain the illusion of a suntan. Others add just a touch of color with each use and are formulated to be applied every day. These daily use moisturizers can be utilized as the final step of a healthy skin care regimen, while occasional use moisturizers are usually meant to supplement your everyday beauty routine.

How Do Self Tanners Work?

Each moisturizer with a sunless tanner has its own unique formulation, but most products work the same way. The active ingredient in the majority of self tanning moisturizers is dihydroxyacetone or DHA, a naturally derived sugar. When DHA comes in contact with the skin, a chemical reaction occurs between it and the materials that make up a protein in the skin called keratin. A bronze color develops as a result.

The reaction that gives moisturizers with sunless tanners their bronzing abilities is not instantaneous. Color will develop gradually over a period of several hours after you apply the moisturizer. Then, the tan will fade away over the next few days unless you continue to apply the product.

Selecting the Right Self Tanner Moisturizer

To select the right self tanner moisturizer to give you the most natural looking faux tan possible, you need to consider where you wish to tan and the natural color of your skin. You can find moisturizers that are made just for the face, solely for the legs and for the entire body. Products differ in their color as well. If you are fair skinned, a lighter product will likely give you the best results, while a darker product is usually considered ideal for medium to dark skin.

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