Whether you're heading to the beach for an extended holiday or planning to wear a cute sundress for a summer outing, you want your skin to look golden and radiant. If you like to get that tanned glow from a sunbed or sunbaking, you expose your skin to harmful ultraviolet rays, potentially compromising its health. Fortunately, you can tan in a way that is friendly to your skin by using self tanning products.
Over the last 50 years, self tanning has come a long way. Earlier formulas often left the skin looking orange, today's products are capable of producing results so natural, no one will suspect that the colour didn't come from the sun. Most sunless tanners use dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as their key ingredient. When this carbohydrate comes in contact with the protein in your skin, it causes a chemical reaction, temporarily modifying its colour. Products may also contain erythrulose, another carbohydrate that slows down the DHA reaction to help colour develop naturally.