What Have Fake Tan & Toast Got In Common?

Everyone knows the harmful effects of excess sun exposure. Its primary danger is skin cancer and it can also cause premature skin aging. So, it’s not surprising that for a growing number of people sunless tanning has become a preferred way to get a golden glow for summer as there is no risk of UV skin damage.

Would you believe that the chemical reaction that produces the appearance of a tan on the skin is the same reaction that is responsible for the golden browning on cooked bread or your morning toast!?
The browning which happens in both cases is due to the reaction of sugar and amino acids and is called the Maillard reaction.

The most common ingredient used in self-tanning solutions to achieve this effect is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), but as with any ingredient it comes in lots of different grades. Natural fake tans which are COSMOS certified use DHA derived from natural ingredients, such as sugar cane. This DHA is designed to react to the proteins and amino acids in the outer layers of the skin.

Products with synthetic based DHA include fake tan chemical absorbers designed to penetrate the skin’s surface to develop a faster tan. These tans can also contain ingredients like dyes, artificial fragrances, parabens, alcohol and petrochemicals. The side effect of the absorbers used to develop synthetic based tanning lotions, is that all the products chemicals are more easily absorbed into the body too.

So, the safest way to get that bronzed look:
⦁ UV-FREE and
is to choose an organic self-tanning lotion that will not only turn your skin golden brown but will also leave it feeling luxuriously silky soft too. The best ones such as https://wotnot.com.au/collections/tanning have added ingredients that promote healthy skin. Wotnot tanning lotions include Australian certified organic Kakadu plum and camellia oil to provide antioxidants and nutrients to help slow the aging process while certified organic aloe vera softens, moisturises and soothes, leaving a beautiful even tan that fades naturally. 

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