What are Tanning Lotions?
A tanning lotion is a lotion that contains the bronzing ingredient DHA. DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead skin cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs. The color change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application.
Tanning lotions can be applied daily to keep skin well moisturized for an even glow that fades gradually.
Tanning lotions may produce an uneven color on people with sun-damaged skin. Tanning lotions may produce an uneven color on people with older skin or mottled or freckled skin. Hair and nails may color, but not the lips. Scars usually color poorly.
Types of Tanning Lotions
One group of tanning lotions is known as a bronzer. Bronzers are usually available in lotions, powders, gel formulations, and produce a darker color on the skin by the use of water soluble dyes. Bronzers color the skin immediately. The color begins to fade after the first wash.
Brands of Tanning Lotions
Tanning lotions are made by Jergens (Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer), Olay (Olay Quench Radiance Reviver), Sun Laboratories Tan Overnight, and Lancome Soleil Flash Bronzer.
Benefits of Using Tanning Lotions
By using the self-tanning lotions and avoiding a lot of sun exposure, you will decrease your risk of getting skin cancer. However, make sure you get some sunlight. Sunlight is an important factor in helping your body make vitamin D. Vitamin D is a vitamin that dissolves in the body's fat. The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.
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