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Bronzers and self tanners

 –  If you love the golden glow of a tan but are concerned about the health of your complexion, finding a way to get the look you want while protecting your skin may seem difficult. Both sunbathing and indoor tanning pose serious risks for your skin tissue, as both methods of tanning expose your skin to ultraviolet energy. Science has proven that repeated UV exposure without proper sun care leads to damage of the skin cells. This can result in a weakening of the skin tissue that culminates in fine lines and wrinkles as well as the overproduction of melanin that gives rise to dark spots. UV exposure without sunscreen also greatly increases the risk of deadly skin cancer, making traditional methods of tanning even more dangerous.
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Fortunately, you don't have to lie out in the sun or hit the tanning bed to get a gorgeous tanned glow. Today's bronzers and self tanners can help you get a flawless tan without any need for UV exposure. The latest formulas are designed to make application as easy as possible to help you avoid missed spots and streaks, and they are optimized to make their color as natural as possible so no one will suspect that your tan came from a bottle and not from the sun.

Bronzers are a short-term tanning solution that can help you enhance your skin tone temporarily. When you apply a bronzer, you impart pigments to your skin that give it a darker appearance. The effects last for as long as the product remains on your skin, and the best formulas are capable of remaining in place until you wash your face, shower or bathe. A bronzer is a great choice for when you wish to subtly enhance the color of your skin without making a commitment to long-lasting color.

Self tanners differ from bronzers in that they provide color that lasts for several days. These products often contain DHA, a chemical extracted from sugar cane and similar plants. When applied to the skin, DHA causes a chemical reaction that results in darkening of the tissue. The color doesn't wash off. Instead, it gradually fades over the days following the application of your sunless tanner.

Most self tanners produce results within a few hours of application although some contain bronzing ingredients to give you temporary immediate color while you wait for the formula to darken your skin. You'll also find moisturizers that contain small amounts of DHA to gradually tan your skin while hydrating it.

drugstore.com makes finding the ideal bronzer or self tanner as simple as possible. We have all of the most popular products available on the market with formulas from all of the leading brands. If you wish to quickly find formulas produced by a certain company, use the menu at the left to search by brand. If you're shopping on a budget, the menu will allow you to refine your search by price range as well. Discover the gorgeous results possible with the latest bronzing and self tanning formulas by shopping our collection today.

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