Friday, 19 November 2021 11:08

Do Self-Tanners Provide Sun Protection?

Written by   Annette Hanson

Excessive, unprotected sun exposure is damaging to skin. It puts clients at risk for sunburn and ages them prematurely. Those are facts. Worst case scenario, it can cause skin cancer. Using a self-tanner is a practical alternative if clients are sun worshippers, but are these products safe? How do they work? Do they provide any sun protection? Is there a risk?

If clients are a fan of that sun-kissed glow, but do not want to expose skin to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, they can get that tanned look from a bottle. When skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun, melanin spreads to the surface in a fight-or-flight response to protect skin from damage, creating the darker pigment. Self-tanners give that faux glow without all the serious side effects of sun damage. They are sold over the counter in the form of lotions, creams, and sprays. Clients can even go to a booth and get professionally spray-tanned car-wash style. If clients opt for this option, they should remember to exfoliate.

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