So succeed the holiday tan from the tube
Self-tanning tube is perfect to make the skin tone fit for the summer, which may still be a bit pale from spring. The creams and lotions not only smell nice, they also create a natural, bronze tan. Read here what to look for when buying, using and storing self-tanners and how to find the right product.
The new variety of self-tanner
Gone are the days when the artificial tan was recognizable by the unnatural “carrot look”. Today, there are good self-tanner in the right color for every skin type. When applying, buyers are spoiled for choice between creams, gels, sprays or towels. What is best for a beautiful complexion? “That depends on the skin type,” says Annika Wehr of the “Aesthetiko” studio in Darmstadt, “Creams are more suitable for people with dry skin, gels for oily skin.” Matching products can be found in the drugstore or in the pharmacy.
Do not forget sunscreen
Important for those who use the tanning cream: Even if the artificial tan looks sexy, it does not provide sun protection. “If you use a self-tanner, do not forget to apply lotion before sunbathing,” warns. Gertraud Kremer from the Skin Center Berlin. Because the tan from the tube does not activate the self-protection of the skin. It only stains the uppermost skin layer. Therefore, the Bronzeton holds only a maximum of three to five days on the skin, then it says: nachcremen.
Chemical club or care?
But do not worry, even those who regularly use self-tanner does not harm his skin. Although there are relatively many fragrances in most products, Kremer knows. The fear that the skin on the “chemistry club” allergic reaction, however, was unfounded. “The substances are only incorporated into the uppermost skin layer and do not penetrate further into the body,” says the dermatologist.
Proper storage: Do not leave your suntan in the sun
Self-tanners may lose their effectiveness if the products are stored in a location subject to solar radiation. Because the tanning is usually triggered by the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA). Under the action of heat, this sugar-containing molecule can disintegrate, explains the portal “Haut.de”.
Also, self-tanners have a limited shelf life as DHA also decays over time. According to the information most companies recommend to use open products within six months.