Sunless tanning: What are the options?

A woman wearing a sun hat and drinking an XS Energy Drink sits on a hammock on a beach while the sun shines.

Let’s talk about tanning

Do you love the darker tones of your skin brought out by the summer sun but don’t want the potential skin damage that comes with it?

Considering the number of sunless tanning options on the market, you are not alone. With more and more instances of skin damage due to the sun, sunless tanning has become the go-to approach for achieving that summer glow without the typical risks of sun exposure.

Did you know that an estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun? Looking for ways to live out your hot-girl-summer dreams while still protecting your skin? With these sunless tanning methods, you’re sure to find the tan you’re looking for.

Spray tanning: A classic

Spray tanning is a method of sunless tanning in which you spray a coat of dihydroxyacetone (DHA) onto your body. DHA is a simple carbohydrate, usually sourced from plants such as sugarcane, sugar beets or through glycerol fermentation.

Depending on the tanning solution used, a vegetable-like smell might occur, so it might not be the best if you plan on being close to someone. The DHA works by interacting with the amino acids in dead skin cells on the surface of your skin to give a tanned appearance. Depending on several factors, the tan from DHA lasts from 3-10 days.

It’s a classic form of sunless tanning that is sure to provide results fast…just make sure you bring some perfume.

A gloved hand is shown applying spray tanner to a person's leg.

Airbrush tanning: Great for events 

Using the same main chemical as spray tans, airbrush tanning is another method of applying a tanning solution all over the body. This method produces a smoother and more even finish than spray tanning because the spray compressor allows for a more even application tan overall.

One main difference between spray tanning and airbrush tanning is your ability to pick out the shade of the airbrush tanning solution applied, which can be tricky. It’s important to be mindful of your body’s natural tanned shade and match that as best as possible.

Warning: Both spray and airbrush tans have the potential to transfer to your clothes, linens or furniture. Take care with your favorite items!

Bronzers: The one-day tan

For those who prefer a temporary, one-day tan, bronzers are a great option. Bronzers include products like tinted moisturizers, tinted mousses and brush-on powders, which yield a temporary tanned appearance. While it’s difficult to achieve an even, all-over tan with bronzers, they will bring more life and color to untanned skin.

Even though it provides instant results, bronzer tans are tricky to manage. Because it’s a one-day solution, it comes off easily, so save that spotless white shirt for another day!

A smiling woman holds Artistry Studio Bottle of Sunshine Tanning Water by her tanned face.

Self-tanning lotion, water and mousse: The ultimate DIY

One of the most common and accessible forms of sunless tanning is self-tanning lotion, water, or mousse. And if properly applied, DIY sunless tanning can yield similar results as professional application!

Among the best of these options is self-tanning water. The new Artistry Studio™ Bottle of Sunshine Self-Tanning Water, for example, provides a natural, bronzed glow to your face and body with no orange tones.

And since it is sprayed or misted on instead of rubbed in like lotions or mousses, the potential for streaking is greatly diminished. It’s also non-sticky, fast drying and has zero transfer. (Bonus: Bottle of Sunshine is also Artistry™ Clean, which means it’s vegan, not tested on animals and free of parabens and mineral oil.)

After application, the results will appear within a few hours and last a couple of days. Pro tip: Make sure to exfoliate your skin at 12 hours before application for a more even tan.

Unsafe ways to self-tan 

One unsafe tanning method includes tanning pills. The color additives, typically canthaxanthin, can cause the skin to turn orange or brown when ingested. Tanning pills carry health risks and are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Don’t put your health at risk for a tan. If you’re skipping the sun, choose one of the sunless tanning options above.

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We’re not dissing the sun, though

While the safest way to achieve that summer glow is by using a sunless-tanning method, it’s important to recognize the benefits of sun exposure. Vitamin D, one of the essential nutrients to form and maintain strong bones, is among those benefits.

Sunshine generates vitamin D in your skin. The National Institutes of Health recommends 5 to 30 minutes of sun on our skin between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at least twice a week.

So don’t be afraid of the sun! Just be mindful about how much time you spend in it, and always make sure you’re wearing sunscreen when out for extended periods. Also, remember that sunless tanning, despite the darkening of the skin, does not protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

How will you tan? 

The great thing about sunless tanning is variety of options to achieve a tanned appearance. Whether you choose to DIY at home with tanning water or go all out with an airbrush spray tan, you’re sure to reach the sun-kissed look you want for summer in a safe, sunless way. To learn more about Artistry Studio Bottle of Sunshine Self-Tanning Water, click on the links below. And for additional skin care tips, check out more blogs at Amway Connections. Happy tanning!

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  • Emma says:

    These days, self-tanners come in new, more inventive recipes than before! There is one to satisfy every desire, from the natural to the less natural, from the easiest to the trickiest.
    Want a sun that appears sun-kissed right now? Check out these sunless tanners for the body and face that are so simple to use that even novices will succeed.

  • Glamcode says:

    Everyone wants great skin. so thank you so much for sharing guidance like this. keep sharing helpful and informative content like this. your content is always great and we have been following them a lot.

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