Looking for that golden glow without exposing your skin to harmful UVA and UVB rays? There’s nothing like a little instant gratification to boost your look and confidence! Simply stated, self-tanners are the only safe way to get a tan. Many self-tanners are available with built-in sunscreen, but if you choose one that doesn't include sun protection, don't skip this crucial step! Almost all self-tanners contain DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which is the active ingredient that dyes the skin brown. DHA is essentially a natural ingredient, comprised of the simple sugar present in plant and animal carbohydrate metabolism. As with any cosmetic or paint, even application is important to avoid streaking. Thoroughly cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin prior to applying self-tanner will help provide a smoother, streak-free application.
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Some helpful hints: be sure your skin is completely dry prior to applying a self-tanner and let the product dry completely on your skin after application, as self-tanners can stain clothing and bed linens. Choose from a variety of self-tanning bronzers for both body and face, available in powders, lotions, towelettes, sprays and gels, and give yourself a healthy, sun-kissed glow, without risking the health of your skin.