How safe is fake tan?
There’s no argument that fake tan is a much safer alternative to sunbaking. But since not all fake tan is made equal, some brands are far from safe.
Some fake tans contain ingredients that are considered to be unsafe and even toxic. Is your fake tan safe? Read on to learn how to tell.
When fake tan isn’t safe
Your skin is the body’s largest organ, absorbing everything we put on it. This is why it’s so crucial to be cautious about what we put onto our skin and, in turn, our bodies.
Like all cosmetics, fake tan tends to contain a lot of hard-to-pronounce ingredients. Luckily, you don’t have to be a chemist to tell the nasty ones from the natural.
Before buying fake tan, flip the bottle over and check out the ingredients list. You’ll want to avoid any of these ingredients:
These nasty additives can have all kinds of toxic effects on your body, from irritating or drying out your skin to affecting your hormones. No thanks!
In fact, if the packaging on your fake tan proudly boasts that it doesn’t contain any of these nasties then you’re probably onto a good thing!
Look for the good stuff
Now we’ve got the bad stuff out of the way, let’s talk natural alternatives. There are so many great ingredients derived from natural sources that can give you a deep, natural-looking tan without the unwanted side effects.
Skinny Tan, for example, uses a naturally-sourced tanning agent from seeds and naturally derived firming ingredients. Here’s the official explanation from our FAQ page:
“Most ordinary tanners work with the chemical DHA that has been found to dry the skin or cause it to become patchy. Skinny Tan products use a natural tanning agent derived from the seeds of the Brassica napus plant instead. The active ingredient works naturally with the amino acids in the skin to create the darkening reaction for a natural-looking tan.”
You also want to make sure that the majority of the ingredients in your fake tan are naturally derived and skin-nourishing. Some of the natural ingredients in Skinny Tan includes:
● Aloe vera
● Coconut oil
● Coconut water
● Almond oil
After all, why choose nasty synthetic ingredients when you’ve got the option of a fake tan that utilises the power of naturally derived ingredients to deliver a beautiful, naturally colored tan every time?