Sun Tanning? No thank you!
In a world where every single bit of skin cancer research points out the dangers of prolonged UV exposure it comes as a no surprise that traditional tanning under the sun is out of fashion. Yet the glamour magazines, the red carpet events and popular bloggers all portray perfect glowing sun-kissed skin throughout the year thus making the dilemma ‘to tan or not to tan’ ever more difficult for us to answer.
What about Self Tanning Products? Is Self Tanning Safe?
It seems logical that the indoor self tanning products are currently at their peak of popularity as the result of the above. Indeed, you can get the perfect ‘just after the holiday’ look almost instantly in the comfort of your bathroom without having to expose yourself to any dangers of sun tanning. However, are self tanning products all the same and are they as harmless as the brands’ marketing efforts are trying to make us believe?
Not all are made the same!
Well the answer is no. The conventional tanning lotions are usually packed with parabens and chemical preservatives added to increase the shelf life of the products. These can be just as harmful to our health as prolonged sun exposure. For example, parabens have been linked to cancer, particularly breast cancer as it mimics estrogen in our body. Furthermore, the majority of brands (even including the well-known premium market brands!) prefer to save cost on nourishing agents in their lotions. As a result the colouring agent DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which combines with amino acids in the skin and gives you the desired sun-kissed skin colour, also drives the moisture out from your skin leaving it dry and rough to touch. You exfoliate before applying the tanning solution and then leave the newly exposed gentle skin layer moisturiser-free whilst waiting for the colour to develop. Do it regularly over a period of time and your skin will get the ‘leather-like’ feel not that dissimilar to regular sun tanning.
LUNA BRONZE. Natural Looking Tan with Natural Organic Cosmetics
Thankfully, the recent interest in organic cosmetic industry has resulted in some truly amazing breakthroughs in the field of self tanning as well. Meet LUNA BRONZE, organic and vegan certified range from Australia founded by Madeleine and Rhiannon. After Madeleine was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma skin cancer on her jaw the couple was determined to find a safe alternative solution to sun tanning and after a few years of research LUNA BRONZE was born. The brand’s products are created from the Australian botanicals and consist of up to 99% natural ingredients. Most importantly, the self tanning solutions include essential oils such as Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, Wheat germ oil, Coconut oil and others oils to ensure your skin is nourished and hydrated as well as having a beautiful natural looking sun-kissed colour.
At Cosmetics Guru we are happy to present two amazing products by Luna Bronze – RADIANT Self Tanning Lotion and GLOW Gradual Self Tanning Moisturiser. These can be used either independently from each other or in conjunction to achieve a more prominent result. Use RADIANT to get the perfect natural looking tan within 6 hours. Then lock the result in by applying GLOW daily to maintain the colour. Not only will your skin look bronzed but it will also be well moisturised and soft to touch. All of this without having to take the risks to our health of either the UV exposure or the harsh chemicals from conventional cosmetics.